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Solid Shell Snare Drums Click to view larger image
6x14" Solid Quilted Maple Shell
Vintage Sunburst Hi-Gloss Lacquer

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6.5x14" Solid Bubinga Shell
Black Candy Burst Hi-Gloss Lacquer

  • Solid Steambent Shells with reinforcing rings
  • Precision-cut and hand-perfected bearing edges
  • Exclusive Markley Solid Tension™ Lugs
  • Optional Vintage Tube Lugs
  • Premium Piston Strainer
  • Diecast Hoops
  • Optional 2.3mm triple-flanged hoops
  • Available in all Markley Finishes
  • 13” or 14” diameter, 4” to 7” deep
  • Quilted Maple
  • Figured Cherry
  • Rosewood
  • Pommele Sapeli
  • Flame Birch
  • White Ash
  • Zebrawood
  • Lacewood
  • Mahogany
  • White Oak
  • Cocobolo
  • Curly Koa

From the dawn of American drum manufacturing, the pinnacle of the drum-making craft has always been the solid shell snare drum. And no other type of drum speaks with the powerful authority and sound quality of a Markley Custom Solid Shell snare drum.

Using a combination of traditional hand-craftmanship and high-tech construction methods, one single board of select wood is carefully prepared, steamed, and bent into the circular shape that will become a highly prized musical instrument. Once complete, the entire drumshell resonates as a single piece, allowing the unique voice of the chosen wood to emerge. And because there is significantly less glue used in a solid shell drum vs. a ply, stave, or segmented shell drum, what you hear is the wood’s purest tone – and there’s absolutely nothing better than that.

Markley Custom Solid Shell snare drums are available in a wide variety of woods. If you have a specific wood in mind for your special Solid Shell snare drum, just ask – we can probably do it for you. So when you want the very best, ask for the Markley Custom Solid Shell snare drum.