This is a Tama Star Reserve Hammered Aluminum 6.5x14 snare drum.  The 3mm aluminum shell was painstakingly hammered, by hand, by an experienced artisan at Tama Drums in Japan.  If you look closely at the hammering, you will notice a larger hammerhead was used in the middle of the shell, while a smaller head was used closer to the batter and snare side edges.  Tama says this technique strengthens the shell, and adds to the fatness and resonance of the assembled drum.  While the drum originally came with customized brass Brass Sound Arc Hoops and Star lugs, Matt chose to outfit the drum with solid brass tube lugs, diecast hoops, and MLS50A/B linear drive strainer.








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