Mapex MPX 14 x 5.5" Snare Drum
Mapex drums are quickly growing in popularity and their MPX Maple Snare is the best budget maple snare available. Maple is one of the finest woods for drums because it has a warm sound that adjusts well to dynamic changes. While often an expensive wood, this drum has a very affordable price tag. Like most maple drums, this drum has a lot of warmth but still has great punch with a 6.5 MM maple shell which has a very clear tone and crisp attack. The triple-flange hoops are well made and very durable along with two-piece low mass lugs which aren’t as prone to breaking as one-piece options. This very professional-looking drum is available a couple of different finishes and sizes, but I prefer the black 14 x 5.5 inch size.