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’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.
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’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’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.