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Drum Workshop Design Series Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum

The DW Design Series DDSD5514BNCR Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum bring is high-end in every way, except for its modest price tag.


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Discounted Price $289.99 to $299.99
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Discounted Price $289.99 to $299.99
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To make the Design Series Black Nickel over Brass Snare drum, craftsmen at Drum Workshop took a rolled 1mm, bead-reinforced, all-brass shell and decked it out with everything the Design Series has to offer. There's little doubt that this snare drum will more than get the job done in any musical situation. Features the MAG Throw-Off, True-Pitch Tuning, and a DW Reverse Dot batter head by Remo.

MAG Snare Throw-off
The MAG throw-off gives you precise and accurate snare tension while being unbelievably reliable. This throw off features a magnetic switch that guarantees it will stand up to the heaviest hitters and only come undone when you want it to.

DW True Pitch Tension Rods
DW’s true pitch tension rods are another modern miracle in innovation. These non-slip screws guarantee that once you get the drum to where you like it, it’ll stay there. No more pesky tuning between songs at gigs.

  • MAG Throw-Off
  • True-Pitch Tuning
  • Rolled 1mm, bead-reinforced and all-brass shell
  • DW Reverse Dot batter head by Remo
  • Get the job done in any musical situation

Get your Drum Workshop Design Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Snare Drum

You won't find a better plated-brass snare...


I purchased this DW for use with my 6-Piece Yamaha Live Custom Oak's for a couple of reasons: 1) Esthetics: The black-nickel finish matches my LCO's black-nickel hardware perfectly 2) Volume: The DW brass is one of the few snares that is loud enough to blend in with the LCO's 3) Quality: It's a DW... The hardware, especially the MAG throw-off and DW's stick-saving triple-flanged 'True Hoops' 4) Price: You won't find a better plated-brass snare at a better price 5) Sound: I loaded the drum up with an Evans EC Reverse Dot batter and a Hazy-300 resonant and it sounds amazing 6) Size: I love the big 6-1/2 X 14 snares -- they have excellent attack and the right amount of sustain for my tuning 7) Stability: With the DW triple-flanged rims, the drum stays in tune and doesn't drift at all It's truly a great snare. With the right tuning and heads





Love this snare! Sounds great cuts thru but it doesn't have big overtones like some metal snares I've owned in the past.



Great drum good price


Great snare drum been wanting a dw snare for awhile . This snare didn't disappoint. Powerful punch and crisp snare sound I would recommend. This to all drummers.



Beautiful Looking and Sounding Drum with Great Service


This is a great looking and sounding snare drum. The mag throw off/strainer is fantastic and effortless to use. I didn't think the "True Tone" lugs/screws would make a big difference, but I was wrong. The drum is very easy to tune and dial in. One thing I didn't much care for was the center dot batter head that came with the drum. Although the head was a top notch Remo head, it was just too dead for my taste. One thing I really liked about the head was the printed lug numbers. Anyway, I ended up changing out the batter head for an Evans UV1. Much better head for my taste. Sam Ash's service was impecable. I purchased an Open Box " item at a reduced price, but the drum and drum packaging looked brand new. The drum was shipped quickly, and the" box within a box" packaging was great. I am very happy with my purchase.



Amazing snare for the money !!!


Man let me tell you it was love at first hit! This snare is awesome for its price point. Sounds as good as much more expensive models I can't stop playing it. Try it you'll see it's a great snare for the money



great snare drum


Great snare drum. It only required slight tuning right out of the box. It was sold as used, but was like new when arrived.




Nice Drum!


If you are looking for studio quality snare on a bit of a tight budget then do not look any further than this Nickel over Brass shell snare! It has all the features of a high end snare drum at a price that is more than reasonable. It is easy to tune and comes with a sweet stock DW Reverse Dot batter head from Remo. Don't expect anything less from Drum Workshop!!


Cincinnati, OH


Looks Beautiful


No matter what the price point is, if it's Drum Workshop then it is more than likely going to be good quality. Not only does the black nickel have a great look to it, the nickel/brass combination really lends itself to a bright and punchy sound. At under $300 this is a steal.


Edison, NJ

Sounds Great!


DW certainly knows how to make a good sounding drum and this one is no exception. The brass shell and all the hardware are super high quality. Great for live or studio recording. This is a very versatile snare drum that can be used for any kind of music or player.




Superb Snare


The DW design snare is definitely a great snare option to consider that doesn't completely cripple your pockets. The black nickel finish gives it an amazing look and the pairing of a MAG throw off and true-pitch tuning take the sound to another level. Much more superior than wood, the brass build gives a very controlled snappy sound that makes this a great snare to try if you are in the market for an affordable, versatile snare

Darius T

Edison, NJ


Design Series Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum

4.9 15


Shell Finish Type Metal
Configuration Snare Drum
Shell Material Brass
Shell Construction 1mm
Shell Hardware Finish Chrome Finish
Number of Lugs 10 Lugs
Series Design Series
Model DDSD5514BNCR
Warranty Info:

Drum Workshop, Inc. warrants that Custom Shop DW Drum Shells and Finishes (Collector's Series®, Classics Series™, and Jazz Series™) are free of material and workmanship defects for a period of Two (2) years from the original date of purchase.

DW Performance Series™ Shells and Finishes are free of material and workmanship defects for a period of Two (2) years from the original date of purchase.

DW Design Series™ Shells and Finishes are free of material and workmanship defects for a period of One (1) year from the original date of purchase.

All drum hardware is covered for a period of one (1) year. Drum Workshop will repair or replace any defective components free of charge with comparable or functionally equivalent parts to the original purchaser upon delivery of the product to an authorized DW Drums dealer. Said defective component/s will become the property of Drum Workshop. Proof of purchase and status as the original purchaser are required for warranty coverage.

For additional warranty information, please visit http://www.dwdrums.com/info/faq.asp#warrantyDrums

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