For a drummer the snare drum is usually the centre piece and pride of joy of the whole kit. Of course we all know of the big guns such as Gretsch, Ludwig, Pearl, Tama, Yamaha and so on, but you may not be aware that there are dozens of other companies out there that will create something extra special just for you. Yes – I’m talking Boutique Snares! Mmmmm, boutique.

Perhaps you fancy something from Japan? Canopus snare drums ooze class and their Zelkova model is no exception – it’s one hollowed piece of wood! They have also released a Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Zelkova that looks just that little bit classier due to its darker complection with pure gold on the grain and nothing but gold hardware.

Perhaps you create your own furniture and you want a drum that fits in perfectly with your inlayed coffee table. Look no further – Craviotto is the company for you. With absolutely stunning shells including intricate inlayed patterns, these have built up an incredible reputation and some of the best players in the world are choosing Craviotto as their snare builder of choice.

Ever fancied a drum made out of stone? Well that is now possible thanks to Finnish company, Stonedge Drums. Yes, Stonedge have created a snare that is made out of stone composite. This drum is perfect for those that like it LOUD!

These 3 companies aren’t even touching the sides, but they’re a good place to start. Think outside the box and see what else is out there.

Evetts 14" x 5.5" Spotted Gum Ply in Natural Satin -
Evetts 14" x 5.5" Tasmanian Blackwood Ply in Blackheart Satin -
Ahead 14" x 6" Black on Brass Snare Drum with Dunnett Strainer -
Ahead 14" x 6" Single Ply African Wenge Snare Drum -
Evetts 14" x 6.5" Jarrah Ply Snare in Barber Pole Gloss -
Dixon Artsian Brady 14"x5.5" Rose Gum Snare Drum -
Supernova Nebula Smoke Black Snare 14" x 6" -
Canopus NV60-M1 5.5"x14" Snare Drum Bitter Brown Oil Finish Die-cast Hoop Brass Lugs -
Canopus Phenol Fiber 14" x 5.5" Snare Drum in Autumn Haze -
Canopus Walnut 5.5"x14" SD Natural Walnut Oil Finish Die-cast Hoop Chrome Lugs -
Canopus Zelkova 6.5"x14" SD Ninja Black Lacquer Die-cast Hoop Brass Lugs -