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Premier Genista (14x5)

From the badge on this snare you can tell that it's a slightly newer (mid-late 90's) model than the deeper snare and rest of the kit. Like the kit, it's made of birch, and the shell is slightly undersize. This snare is my main snare when playing the Genista kit, it tunes easily, and sounds good playing loud rocky songs aswell as quieter more sensitive numbers.

Premier Super Ace

This will go with the black pearl Premier kit, but is currently a work in progress... to be updated....

Premier Brass 14x4

To be updated.....


Premier Royal Ace Piccolos

I think this drum was made in the late 50's or very early 60's and is a bit of a classic. And quite rare due to the smaller Premier badge. It originally had an aquamarine pearl wrap but this was in very poor faded condition so I re-wrapped it in black diamond pearl to match my vintage Premier kit. The rest of the drum was in pretty good condition, and the chrome hardware cleaned up nicely. The only problem with this drum was that the 'double ten' snare wires were almost impossible to get a hold of (they are now being reproduced by 'Baskey Vintage'). I became frustrated that I couldn't replace the snare wires at a reasonable cost and sold the drum on, which I do regret somewhat.

This is another 60's Royal Ace piccolo snare, but a later example than the one above, going by the full-size badge. This one is in blue diamond pearl wrap and in beautiful original condition complete with the original double-ten snare wires (yay!!). It sounds superb, and is quite versatile as being 4" deep it's not a shallow as a lot of other piccolos and not quite so high-pitched.

Premier 2000 Snares

I've had a few 2000 snares over the years, but thought I'd show off the best and the worst here. The 2000 is a good value but well respected snare and was made in a few different forms over the years. It was first introduced in 1966, with '60s style art-deco lugs and 'beer barrel' hoops and later got the '70s style pointy lugs and smoother hoops, aswell as being made with both 'chrome over aluminium' and 'chrome over steel' shells (use a magnet to find out). This is an aluminium shelled model dating from the early '70s. I was lucky to find one in this condition as most 2000s have some degree of flaking chrome. The parallel action snare mechanism is smooth and precise and can be very finely adjusted.

Here's another 2000 I had. This one is a good example of how bad that flaking chrome on the aluminium shell can really get! It has to be the worst I've seen. This one also had a broken snare lever. I suppose I could have replaced the lever and refinished the drum by way of a respray or wrap but I have to admit I let this one go instead of trying to tidy it up myself. Sometimes you have to know when to give up!

Premier Hi-Fi

This Premier HiFi came with the aqua shimmer kit I bought, and may have been original to that kit, the HiFi having that brushed steel/shimmer finish also. HiFis were made for a number of years throughout the 60's and 70's. Some of them have 'HiFi' written on the badge, some don't. I do know that earlier ones had die-cast 'beer barrel' hoops, and 10 earlier deco style lugs. From the early 70's they got the smoother die-cast hoops and pointy style deco lugs, and it became an 8-lugged drum instead of 10 on the earlier models.

Premier Genista (14x7)

This snare originally came with the Genista kit and dates from the early-mid 90's. It has a slightly undersize birch shell and 10 hefty lugs a side. To be honest I don't use it often, it's just too loud for the type of music I play, however, I hold on to it as it belongs with the kit and I never know when it might come in useful after all.

Premier 2035 Snare


This is a Premier model 1005 from, I believe, the late 80's/early 90's. It's a basic but good quality little drum. It was incredibly dirty when I got it but after stripping and cleaning, it came up beautifully. For an older drum it was in great condition, there wasn't so much as a scratch on it! It'll give someone years more use.

Premier 1026 Snare

This is a steel shelled snare that came with the 80's APK kit I used for the mini-kit project. The snare was too big to use with the mini-kit so it was sold on. I believe the 1026 came as standard with APKs and thus was a bit of a 'budget' snare. It's simple but very well built and for its age (about 25 years old) it came up in great condition after a clean. It's very similar to the 1005 snare above but an inch deeper and with a bead around the centre. Premier also made a 1036 which was essentially the same drum as this one but with 10 lugs instead of 8. 

Premier Modern Classic (steel)

The Modern Classic range were very nice drums, made in maple, brass and steel in various sizes. This is the steel 14x5.5 version. A really nice drum, with a chromed steel shell, 8 tube lugs, unique Modern Classic 'hand built in England' badge (Gretsch cloud badge anyone?) and controversial Nickelworks snare strainer. This was a lovely drum, well built and nice sound, but was surplus to requirements. I didn't have it for long, but I have to say I had no problems with the snare strainer.

Olympic 1005 Snare

 This snare, as far as I know, is identical to the Premier version further up this page, but carries the 'Olympic' badge and has the older style snare throw-off without the chrome cover. Olympic was Premier's budget range for many years, but used many of the same parts and were better quality than many modern budget drums.

Beverley 8061 Snare

I played this drum for many years with my Hohner kit. I believe it dates from the 70's. Beverley came under the same umbrella as Premier and Olympic, and were built in the same way, with a thin birch shell reinforced with beech hoops. similar snare throw and butt, and the lugs (10 of them), although different from Premier, also have that distinctive art-deco style. It's no coincidence that the logo looks like an upside-down, back to front 'P'. I think the 8061 is quite rare, as I've not seen many others over the years.

hamma emi snare drum

Remo Mastertouch Piccolo

AJAX (B&H) Snare Drum

This is a nice 60's snare by Ajax, which along with Stratford & Besson and Edgware came under the B&H (Boosey & Hawkes) umbrella. The snare was in decent condition so I didn't take a 'before' picture but I wish I had, as it still cleaned up really well. The black diamond pearl wrap was totally matt and dull. Using T-Cut (car paint restorer) and then polishing with car polish, has brought the wrap up really well. The bullet lugs and cast hoops still show some pitting but also polished up well. Note the offset lugs, now quite popular on certain custom drumkits, obviously not quite as new and cutting-edge as some would believe.

The Lichtensnare

This is a Japanese drum made by 'Hoshino', I think from the 70's or 80's. It nearly ended up in the bin as the snare wires were missing, heads were worn, and the silver wrap was in a bad state. But then... there had been some debate on the Mikedolbear forum about the use of Fablon (sticky-backed plastic wrap) on drums and most people were dead against it. I had nothing to loose by trying some Fablon on this drum but as most of the finishes are pretty naff, I opted for a clear finish and thought about what to put under it. The drum was stripped of all its hardware and that was all polished whilst off the drum. Then I covered the bare shell in one layer of clear Fablon to 'seal' it. I then cut out some pictures from a Roy Lichtenstein book, whose 60's Pop Art I really like. I measured the circumference of the shell and laid the pictures on the floor end to end, trimming a few until I got to the same length as the shell. I stuck broad double-sided tape around the Fablon-wrapped shell and stuck each picture on, and then covered the pictures with another layer of the Fablon. The hardware was mounted on the drum again, along with some new heads and snare wires, and that was that. Voila.... the Lichtensnare! It was never a great sounding snare and I wouldn't really recommend Fablon to wrap a drumkit as it's thinner and less durable than proper drum wrap and therefore more prone to scratches, bubbling etc. But it was a cool looking drum, and a fun little project!