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British Drum Company 14x6.5 Merlin Maple Birch Hybrid Shell

Percussion Wizardry


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The 14" x 6.5" Merlin snare drum is a true piece of percussion wizardry, just as its name suggests. Subjected to the unique British Drum Co. cold-press moulding process (which ensures the natural sonic qualities of each wood reaches its optimum potential) and facing intense scrutiny of its design and build, this snare is now respected and utilised by pros and enthusiasts alike.

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Rhythm Magazine – one of the leading voices in drum and percussion journalism – gave this snare a beaming five out of five review upon its release, and it’s easy to see why. Just like the Rolls Royce aviation engines that inspired its creation, the Merlin delivers top-level performance and reliability in every department. No matter if you’re playing a show, practicing your chops at home, or laying down a track in the studio, this snare has got your back.

Handcrafted Approach

Each Merlin is meticulously handmade from a 20ply shell that alternates between woods and vertical/horizontal veneers. The use of maple adds more warmth and precision, while birch brings increased projection and a brighter sound to the table.

When it comes to tuning, no matter how you decide to tighten the drums heads, you’ll still receive an impressive responsiveness in return. However, you’ll get excellent contrasting tones depending on your tweaking. Tuning up offers an attack with better clarity and a nice brightness, while tuning down leads to a drier, warmer resonance that is characterised by a rich overall voice.


  • Size: 14" x 6.5"
  • Finish: Black Tulip
  • Shell: 20ply, 10.5mm Maple & Birch
  • Remo USA Heads
  • Brass Snare Wires
  • Palladium Strainer
  • Palladium Lugs
  • 45° Bearing Edges
  • 2.3mm Triple Flange Hoops
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