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SNARE DRUMS

BRITISH DRUM COMPANY 14 X 5.5 MERLIN 20 PLY MAPLE / BIRCH SNARE DRUM

499.00

MADE IN THE UK!

We are really pleased to introduce the British Drum Company to our line up here at Drumazon! We have been fans since the beginning and we really love the build quality and sound of these drums! The British Drum Company has fast become a big name in drums, and even better is that it’s being made in the UK! Founded in 2015 by Award-winning master drum-maker Keith Keough, Kasabians Ian Matthews,  Pub Landlord Al Murray, Stu Warmington and Alan Kitching this brand is already going places.

The British Drum Company adheres to the proudest traditions of British drum manufacturing, using only British made shells, employing striking design and committing to constant innovation.

THE MERLIN….PRECISION AND POWER OF 20-PLY

On first looks at this snare drum what really gets me going is BDC’s incredible attention to detail. The Layered Chrome and Gold Badge, the vent hole is also a secondary badge. The Tulip outer veneering with Maple Double Pinstripe is flawless and the brass snare wires are British Drum Co. branded as are the nylon snare straps. Whilst much of this is more based on the look of the drum rather than the sound, it goes to show how committed BDC are to fully realising the complete build of this product. The Palladium lug and snare strainer are both also made by BDC and that is before we talk about the shells. In a world where many drum makers are outsourcing a great deal of components that is certainly not the case with BDC and it makes for a superior looking and feeling product.

If ever there was a wood-shell snare that truly does it all, it’s the Merlin. 

The Merlin’s 20-ply shell consists of alternating vertical and horizontal veneers of two sonically superior hardwoods – maple for focused warmth, and birch for direct brightness. The shell is then expertly finished with a black tulip outer veneer inlaid with a tasty double pinstripe of maple.

The Merlin’s response spans the sonic spectrum from warm and resonant, to focused cutting projection and everything in between. Simply tune it into your comfort zone, or higher for even more crispness and cut, or down for a funkier, drier sound. The response accuracy of this super-dynamic design is stunningly good, and the critics agree with the Merlin picking up a Music Industry Association award and a 5-star review in Rhythm magazine. 

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 14 x 5.5 20ply, 10.5mm thick Maple and Birch shell

  • 2.3 mm Triple flange hoops

  • Remo USA Skins

  • 45 degree bearing edges

  • Palladium Lugs

  • Gold b badge

  • Palladium Strainer

  • Brass Snare Wires

  • Made in the UK

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