Gear Review: DW Collector’s Nickel Over Brass Snare – 14×6.5

Lovingly nicknamed “MVP,” this is something like DW’s take on a Black Beauty (kind of?) – at least in that it’s nickel-plated, thinly rolled brass.

This beast of a drum has some serious output. It projects like crazy, and is mostly manageable in the overtone department (I tend to like a deader, snappier snare sound). For a long time, this was my go-to drum for most applications – it’s sensitive enough for quiet ghost notes, and has a gnarly crack on the rim shots. It also seems to go WAY high in the tuning range without sounding choked out.

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