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Drums

Best Snare Stand

The snare drum stand is an important piece of hardware which, as its name implies, holds the snare drum in place. A drummer’s snare drum takes a lot of abuse as it’s usually hit a bit harder than other drums, and therefore these stands needs to be of the best quality. Snare drum stands usually come in two different heights which are drum set and concert height. Drum set height stands are meant to be played from a seated position while playing drum set. Concert height stands are meant to be played while standing, often in an orchestral setting. Obviously, drummers should look for a drum set height snare drum stand if they primarily play drum set. My picks for best snare drum stand are all drum set height stands, as concert height stands have been excluded from this list.

The most important feature of the snare drum stand is the design of the “basket” on top of the stand which holds the drum in place with three arms. The stands on this list have great baskets that are easily adjusted and don’t require excessive turning of the wrist. The “tilter” device is a mechanism allowing the drum angle to be adjusted and our selections all have durably constructed tilters which can be adjusted to any angle you need.

These picks are also height adjustable and don’t take up a lot of room with excess parts. Sometimes you’ll have to adjust your snare drum to a variety of angles in the middle of a gig or recording session, so all of these picks feature systems for making quick and easily adjustable. The way your snare drum sounds says a lot about you as a drummer, and I have chosen stands that allow the drum to ring properly. These picks are all durable stands from the best hardware manufacturers in the industry and are made with parts which won’t fall apart on you.

Pearl S930 Snare Stand

Pearl 900 series hardware has won many awards for its reliability and overall value and the S-930 snare stand is a highlight of the series. The 930 has a uni-lock tilter which can be quickly and easily be adjusted to any angle you want. This stand can accommodate 10-14 inch snare drums, has double braced legs for stability, and rubber arm and leg tips to cut down on stand noise. I also like it doesn’t have a lot of excess wing nuts or bulky adjusting devices.

This stand is designed to be extremely durable and well made with a strong frame. I’ve worked in high schools where students are constantly finding new ways to break equipment, and the Pearl S-930 is usually the only piece that lasts. You really only need to turn two knobs to set it up and it folds down nicely. This is the best snare drum stand around which will last you for many years.

DW 9000 Series DWCP9300AL Snare Drum Stand

DW’s DWCP9300AL is part of the high end 9000 series of high-end hardware which is constructed with a lot of attention to detail and focus on sound production. What separates the stand from its competitors is the patented Randall May-designed “air lift” system which allows the drum to float on air, producing more sound than you would get with other stands. This feature also allows this durable stand to be easily adjusted when needed. The basket itself is adjusted with a knob which makes the process easier than with other stands.

This snare stand also has many of the same features mentioned in our previous reviews of hardware within the 9000 series including hinged memory locks for stability, plastic tube insulators for superior sound production, and the TechLock locking system. This stand is great for professional drummers or anyone that wants to improve the sound produced by their snare drum.

Ludwig Atlas Pro II Snare Stand Lap23SSL

The Ludwig Atlas Pro II Snare Stand is a bit more expensive than others stands, but it’s worth the price for professionals. In addition to snares, this stand can accommodate some bigger field drums as it can hold 10-16 inch drums. The stands Aerodyne tilter" is gearless and can be adjusted to any angle while the pillar clutch suspends the snare drum with as little contact to the stand as possible. This allows the drum to vibrate more than it would on a traditional stand.

There are memory locks on everything and overall this is a very stable stand. Once you adjust this stand to your specifications, it remains solid while still allowing the drum to ring freely. Ludwig has always made durable hardware that can withstand the trills of gigging and touring, and the Atlas Pro II is one of their best stands. This stand has some of the best features of any stand on the market, and is a must for the touring and studio drummer alike.

Tama Star Series Snare Stand

Tama’s HS100W is one of the most innovative snare stands on the market. Every detail of this stand has been made for ease of adjustment and superior sound production. The basket design is very unique and can accommodate 12-15 inch diameter snare drums and can be adjusted with a nut on one of the arms, which I find easier than the traditional knob design. The claws are also designed to not have a lot of contact with the drum so it can ring more freely. Speaking of ring, the tubes have been designed with True-Sound Insulation Mutes that prevent the stand from absorbing vibrations which limit sound production. The double braced legs also have oversized rubber feet to cut down on vibrations lost in the floor as well as a  retractable spike for stability. This stand uses Tama’s Oni-ball tilter which is a bit more reliable than most ball and socket type joints which offers a quick way to adjust the angle of the drum. While this stand is more expensive than other snare drum stands, you’re getting some superior features in exchange.

Yamaha SS950 Heavy Double-Braced Snare Drum Stand w/ Multi-Angle Tilte

Yamaha’s SS950 is a reliable and compact snare drum stand with double braced legs that are very sturdy, large rubber feet to prevent movement, and spikes on the feet for extra stability. The SS950 has a ball and socket joint at the center that provides endless options for adjusting the angle of the drum. This basket design also allows for the drum to sit lower than most stands. This is a great feature for drummers who have deep snare drums or like their snare drum to sit unusually low.

The drawback of this stand is the device for adjusting the basket diameter is large plastic knob that’s awkward to adjust and can be taxing on the wrist. This design is not uncommon, but many of the other snare drum stands on my list have basket adjustment systems that are more convenient. However, the basket is easily detachable so you could just leave it attached to your snare drum when disassembling your kit. What this stand lacks in convenience, it makes up for in stability as the basket is rock solid once it’s been set. This is one of the best snare drum stands available because of that stability and the reliable reputation of the Yamaha name.

Rick Urban
Rick began playing drums at the age of 10. In 2003, He received Bachelor's Degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Composition from the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago. While at DePaul, Rick studied with Ted Atkatz (Principal Percussionist - Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Also founder of the band NYCO), Mike Green (Principal Percussionist - Lyric Opera of Chicago), Al Payson (Percussionist - Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Fred Selvaggio (Drumset and Marimba Artist) and Ed Harrison (Principal Timpani - Lyric Opera of Chicago) In 2005, Rick received a Master's Degree of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with Will Hudgins (Percussionist - Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Fred Buda (Drummer - Boston Pops). While in graduate school, Rick performed with the Boston Philharmonic, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston.  

As a performer, Rick has performed with orchestras all over the world. He has also played drums for several groups in everything from rock bands to musical theater. He has worked with such world-renowned conductors as Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, and Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed with the New World Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the National Reperatory Orchestra, and the Schlesvig Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany. Rick is also the drummer for the band Standby Radio. In 2010 they recorded their first album entitled When Signals Cross, and they released Awake at Midnight in 2012.

In the summer of 2005, Rick moved to Chicago and became Music Director of the A.A. Stagg Percussion Ensemble. He also created and served as the resident conductor for the "Bad Vibes" new music ensemble. In the fall of 2005, rick became a percussionist with the West Michigan Symphony under the direction of Scott Speck. In 2009 He became the resident conductor of the Lincoln Park Percussion Ensemble. In 2011 they premiered his latest percussion ensemble work entitled Over 4. In the Fall of 2010, Rick enrolled in the "Music Composition for the Screen" program at Columbia College under the direction of Andy Hill and David McHugh. While studying with Mr. Hill and Mr. McHugh at Columbia, Rick also studied Film Composition with Gary Chang and Hummie Mann. He also studied conducting with Alan Tinkham.

In the Spring of 2012, Rick received his Master's of Music from Columbia College and moved to Los Angeles. Since moving to Southern California, Rick has played with the San Diego Symphony and the Santa Barbara Symphony. He is currently the Percussion Ensemble Director of the Open Academy of Los Angeles.
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