The snare drum is the heart of the modern drumset.  Matt enjoys collecting, customizing, and refurbishing snare drums from a variety of companies.  His growing collection consists of snare drums made from many woods and metals.  Here are Matt's current snare drums.  Let's get to the photos.

This is an exceptional Craviotto Custom Shop CRCUS1470CMTS, 14x7, maple snare drum.  It features a steam-bent curly (flame) maple shell with reinforcement rings, tube lugs, and trick throw off.

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Check out this solid cherry stave 14x6.5 snare drum.  It was made by CCW (Custom Cut Woodworking) Drums, in Wisconsin.  It features a 1/2" thick shell, DW Mag throw off with 3-position butt, classic tube lugs, diecast hoops, and abolone inlay.

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Here we have a solid walnut stave 14x6.5 snare drum.  It was made by CCW (Custom Cut Woodworking) Drums, in Wisconsin.  It features a 5/8" thick shell, Pearl SR-1000 strainer, classic tube lugs, diecast hoops, and detailed wood inlay.

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Check out this DrumCraft Series 8 14x5 snare drum.  It has a 5mm cast aluminum shell.  It features 2.5mm projection hoops, Trick GS007 throw off, satin chrome hardware, and stainless steel tension rods.

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This is a unique instrument. This is a DrumCraft Series 8 13x6 snare drum.  It has a 10-ply oak shell.  It features 2.5mm projection hoops, Nickelworks throw off, satin chrome hardware with satin shell finish, and stainless steel tension rods.  This is the only 13" snare drum I'm aware of that has 10 lugs.

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I was very fortunate to find the DW Collector's Series 6x14 Maple/Mahogany snare drum.  It features a 9.4mm, 12-ply blended shell, consisting of two inner plies of mahogany, 9 middle plies of maple, and one outer ply of royal ebony.  Of course, it includes 3mm True Hoops, Mag throw off with 3-position butt, and stainless steel tension rods.

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This is a DW DRVL-5514SPK Collector's Series 14x5.5 snare drum.  It features beadless stainless steel shell, nickel hardware, 3mm True Hoops, Mag throw off with 3-position butt, and stainless steel tension rods.

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Check out this DW Collector's Series 13x5 snare drum.  It has a 3mm cast aluminum shell.  It features 3mm True Hoops, Mag throw off with 3-position butt, and stainless steel tension rods.

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Here we have a Gretsch New Classic 14x6.5 maple snare drum.  It features a 10-ply 8mm shell, diecast hoops, solid brass machined tube lugs, Delmar broken glass wrap, and dual adjustment strainer.

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This is a Gretsch 14x5.5 maple snare drum.  It features a 10-ply 8mm shell, satin walnut finished wood/metal hoops, and dual adjustment strainer.

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This is a Gretsch S6514BSH hammered steel 14x6.5 snare drum.  It has a black chrome hammered steel shell, diecast hoops, and dual adjustment strainer.

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This is an industry standard.  This is a custom order Ludwig LB417TAD "Black Beauty" 14x6.5 snare drum.  It features a seamless brass shell, diecast hoops, classic tube lugs, and P85A Atlas strainer.

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Feast your eyes upon this Ludwig LB464RTD Raw Brass Phonic 14x6.5 snare drum.  It features a seamless, raw brass shell with accelerated patina, diecast hoops, tube lugs, P88AC throw off, and P35P butt!  Ludwig boasts that no two look the same.

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Check out this iconic instrument! This is a Ludwig LM402KTMD Supraphonic 14x6.5 snare drum.  It features a seamless, chrome-plated aluminum shell, diecast hoops, tube lugs, P88AC throw off, and P35P butt!

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You won't see this instrument at your local drum shop!  This is a custom-ordered Ludwig LM405CTD Acrophonic snare drum.  It features a seamless aluminum shell, diecast hoops, classic tube lugs, and P88AC throw off, and P35P butt!.

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Here we have a Mapex Black Panther Sledgehammer 14x6.5 snare drum.  It has a hammered brass shell with antique finish, Sonic Saver hoops, Cylindar Drive strainer, and premium snare wires.

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This is a one-of-a-kind Oriollo Mangana 65 snare drum.  It has a seamless, hand-painted, galvanized steel shell, stainless steel Angel hoops, classic tube lugs, and Tama MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.

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Check out this one-of-a-kind Oriollo Phantom 65 snare drum.  It features a seamless, sandblasted, aluminum shell, diecast hoops, classic tube lugs, INDe throw off, and Pearl SR-18E butt.

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This is a Pearl Masterworks MW-1465S/B, 14x6.5, thin 6-ply 100% maple snare drum.  It features Mastercast diecast hoops, STL lugs, S-022N snare wires, and SR-1000 strainer.

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Check out this Pearl Masters Premium MRP-1455S/B 14x5.5, 6-ply 100% maple snare drum.  It features Mastercast diecast hoops, inverted STL-100 mini lugs, and SR-017 strainer.

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This is a Pearl UCA-1465S/B 14x6.5 snare drum.  It has a 3mm cast aluminum shell.  It features 2.3mm Superhoops, classic tube lugs, and SR-1000 strainer.

Check out this limited edition Pearl FHB-1435SC 14x3.5 red hammered brass free-floating snare drum.  It features Mastercast diecast hoops, tube lugs that do not make contact with the shell, and SR-160 strainer.

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This is a Pearl FC-1465SC 14x6.5, free-floating snare drum.  It features a copper shell, Mastercast diecast hoops, tube lugs that do not make contact with the shell, and SR-160 strainer.

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This is a completely customized Pearl JD-1455S 14x5.5 Jimmy Degrasso Signature snare drum.  It features a hammered brass shell, Fat Tone hoops, classic tube lugs, and SR-150 strainer.

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Check out this completely customized Pearl STE-1450GA Sensitone Elite 14x5 snare drum.  It has a gold anodized seamless aluminum shell, and features Fat Tone hoops, classic tube lugs, and SR-150 strainer.

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This is a Pearl Carbonply Composite CMHI-1455S 14x5.5 snare drum.  It has a 6-ply African mahogany shell, sandwiched between two layers of carbon fiber.  It features Fat Tone hoops, classic tube lugs, and SR-017 strainer.

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Check out this Pearl STA-1550MH 15x5 baritone snare drum.  It features a 4-ply African mahogany shell with maple reinforcement rings, 2.3mm Superhoops hoops, ARL-55 lugs, and SR-150 strainer.

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Here we have a completely customized Pearl OH-1350S 13x5 Omar Hakim Signature snare drum.  It features a 6-ply African mahogany shell, Fat Tone hoops hoops, classic tube lugs, and SR-150 strainer.

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This rare bird is a Puresound 14x5 Stainless Steel snare drum.  It features beadless stainless steel shell, stainless steel Angel hoops, solid brass tube lugs, Nickelworks strainer, stainless steel tension rods, and original Puresound snare wires.

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Check out this Sakae SD1465BESR, 14x6.5, beech snare drum.  It features a 9-ply beech shell, diecast hoops, silky oak outer ply, union lugs, stainless steel tension rods, and proprietary strainer and snare wires.

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This is a Sakae SD1365BR, 13x6.5, brass snare drum.  It features a black-nickel-over-brass shell, diecast hoops, and proprietary strainer and snare wires.

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Here we have a Sonor SQ2146AWB, 14x6, beech snare drum.  It has a 4-ply beech shell, with 2-ply beech reinforcement rings, diecast hoops, American walnut outer ply, and dual glide strainer.

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This is a Sonor SQ21355SOB, 13x5.5, beech snare drum.  It features diecast hoops, silky oak outer ply, and dual glide strainer.

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I waited months to receive this instrument, but I would've waited years.  Check out this Tama Star TLZ146S 14x6, zebrawood snare drum.  It has a solid, steam-bent zebrawood shell, with zebrawood reinforcement rings.  It features solid brass tube lugs, diecast hoops, and MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.

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This is a gorgeous Tama Starphonic PMM146STM 14x6, 6-ply maple snare drum.  It has an outer ply of mappa burl (poplar), and features freedom lugs, diecast hoops, and MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.

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Here is a Tama Starphonic PBC146MNC 14x6, 100% bubinga snare drum.  It has an outer ply of matte cordia, and features freedom lugs, diecast hoops, and Tama MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.

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This is a one-of-a-kind Tama 14x5.5 Medody Master maple snare drum.  It features an 8-ply, 7mm maple shell, diecast hoops, 3-position throw off, and Starclassic lugs.  This snare is hand-signed by Mike Portnoy, and is the only of it's kind to be fitted with a MUS80B adjustable butt.

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Here is a one-of-a-kind "little brother" of the 14x5.5 Maple Melody Master.  This is a Tama 12x5 Medody Master hammered steel snare drum.  It features diecast hoops, 3-position throw off, and Starclassic lugs.  This snare is hand-signed by Mike Portnoy, and is the only of it's kind to be fitted with a MUS80B adjustable butt.

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Check out this one-off, Made in Japan, Tama Starclassic Bubinga BS1465N 14x6.5 snare drum.  It features an outer ply of satin corida, diecast hoops, and MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.  This is the matching snare drum that is part of Matt's current drumkit.

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This is a beautiful Tama PPS65CFOF Starclassic birch/bubinga snare drum.  The 14x6.5 shell has 3 inner plies of bubinga, 4 middle plies of birch, and an exotic outer ply, called Figured Ocean Fade.  The drum has diecast hoops, Starclassic lugs, and the MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.

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Here we have a Tama PPS70GNWO Starclassic birch/bubinga snare drum.  The 14x7 shell has 3 inner plies of bubinga, 4 middle plies of birch, and 1 outer ply of gloss white oak.  The drum has diecast hoops, Starclassic lugs, and the MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.

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Check out this rare bird!  This is a limited edition Tama SOK655 mono ply oak snare drum.  It features a 9mm shell, contructed of one continuously rolled 3mm piece of oak, diecast hoops, Starclassic wires, and MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.

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Check out this Tama LBZ1455 14x5.5 "Dynamic Bronze" SLP snare drum.  The snare features a 1.2mm hairline bronze shell, which is brushed finished in a matte protective coating, diecast hoops, solid brass tube lugs, and the MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.

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Here we have a Tama LSP146WSS 14x6.5 "Fat Spruce" SLP snare drum.  The drum features a 100% spruce shell, diecast hoops, solid brass tube lugs, and the MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.

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Check out this Tama LGM137STA 13x7, 12-ply, 10mm, maple snare drum.  It features a tamo ash outer ply, diecast hoops, chrome-plated brass tube lugs, and Tama MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.

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This is a Tama ST1455BN 14x5.5 Metalworks snare drum.  It features a 1.2mm steel shell, black nickel hardware, diecast hoops, MCS70ABN throw off, and MUS80BBN adjustable butt.

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Check out this Tama AW765RDM 14x6.5 Artwood snare drum.  It features a 100% birch shell, diecast hoops, MCS70A throw off, and MUS80B adjustable butt.

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Here we have a Yamaha BSD-0545HY, 14x5.5, Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau snare drum.  It features aluminum diecast hoops, Nouveau lugs, and revised U0201211 strainer.

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This is a Yamaha MSD1365CW 13x6.5 Sensitive maple snare drum.  It features a 7-ply 100% maple shell, aluminum diecast hoops, dual adjustment strainer, and stainless steel snare wires.

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Check out this Yamaha 13x6.5 Musashi Oak snare drum.  It is fully restored, and features a 7-ply 100% oak shell, chrome hardware, Dunnett R-Class throw off, and Puresound snare wires.

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