Tama Metalworks Snare Drum Review

Tama Metalworks Snare Drum

Plays Louder Than It Looks

Drummers who know their stuff usually consider Tama’s snares before they make their choice. And if they choose the Tama Metalworks snare drum they have picked a winner! Touring musicians and casual hobbyists are united in their high praise, remarking on the great sound that includes piercing crack and outstanding projection. It plays much louder than it looks, with quality tones added to the volume.

Likes

We’ve mentioned the great sound, and that is where this snare excels. The crack of the Tama Metalworks snare has the edge and tone to make the dynamic statement you listen for in a quality snare. The tone is true and can be adjusted to meet your preferences, though most drummers like to play this beauty on the tight side, giving it a pleasing ring with excellent focus.
This snare is put together to sound great and forever. The 1.2mm shell is thicker than most, creating a robust sound along with rugged durability. The brushed nickel finish offers an industrial look to go with the metal sound and is outfitted with black nickel-plated parts to add to the look and quality.
Even the head stands out on the Tama Metalworks snare. Evans Power Center Reverse dot heads are used on the batter side, so there’s no reason to switch the head as soon as you get it, something that needs to be done with the majority of snares on the market.
Finally, on the plus side, you’ll find the size—or sizes—you want for the way you play. Choose from: 4x12, 4x14, 6.5x13, 5.5x14 and 6.5x14.

Dislikes

Most metal snares are prone to overtone ringing, and the Tama Metalworks snare is no different. However, moongel pads bring the ringing under control. Harder players may want to replace the snares as a pre-emptive move, since the nylon strap is suspect in terms of durability.

Overall – 4 Stars

When there is so much to like in the Tama Metalworks snare, it isn’t hard to hand it a 4-star rating. And we didn’t even mention the competitive pricing that makes this snare, in all its sizes, a great value. You’ll upgrade your drum kit and your sound at a price that won’t bust the budget!

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8 Comments »

  • Patrick said:

    great review, i personally love my 6.5×13, got it brand new and with a bit of love it now sounds perfect. the pre-emptive snare replacement is a 100% must, both of the little black nylon straps on my snare ripped in less than six months. replaced them right away.

  • SnareDude (author) said:

    Hey Patrick,
    Thanks for stopping by and contributing. Overall, the suspect straps are a small price to pay for such a great snare. Hopefully, they’ll get the message from the drumming community and shore those up with a different component.
    Jeff

  • Chris said:

    They used to make a 14 x 8 model, as I had it, but it sounded just like my 1979 Ludwig 6.5 x 14, so I sold it. I have a 14 x 4 Metalworks now, and it’s very solid. Maybe the 14 x 8 model is rare now, maybe I should have kept hold of it! These are pretty great snares out there.

  • SnareDude (author) said:

    Hi Chris,
    It sounds like it would have been a good drum to hold onto based on this drummerworld discussion thread: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56911

    But that has more to do with investment value than your set. Hey, if you have two drums that sound the same why keep both? Don’t blame you a bit. It’s not like we all have warehouses to store our temporarily idle gear. Sure, if you have a museum you can put it in while you’re not playing it, that’s no problem.
    Who has that, really?

    Don’t beat yourself up about it. Kudos on making the choice when you did and moving on. That’s the hardest part always.

    Jeff

  • Chris said:

    Thanks Jeff,

    Yes, I agree. I’ve noticed that they don’t make the 4 x 14 Metalworks anymore either. I guess I better hold on to that one. I had another one, the Artwood Maple 13 x 7 in Silver Shadow Sparkle Glitter and sold it, only to see that was also 1 of 250. The 14 x 8 Metalworks is a limited run of only 120 according to this link. http://www.tamadrum.co.jp/usa/news/show/summer_namm2008/index.html.

    I have an 80′s 15-ply Birch Artwood that I think is worth a lot, and plan to hold on to that one!

    Thanks for your site! Cool!

  • SnareDude (author) said:

    Hey Chris,

    Thanks for that link.

    Definitely hold on to the birch Artwood. Drummers are just as nostalgic as normal people-LOL!

    Thank you for dropping by. We’re always adding new guides and reviews so subscribe to the feed if you want to keep on top of it. We value contributors like yourself.

    Jeff

  • lopez said:

    Fantastic snare, i have 14 x 5.5 version of this snare, it’s loud, has a nice crack and delivers in the studio and live gigs. It’s a cheap alternative to a Ludwig snare and the difference is not that big…….if you want a snare that will deliver every time and can compete with the expensive ones….then look no further..Tama metalworks is you answer.

  • SnareDude (author) said:

    Thanks so much for stopping by and telling us about your experience with the Tama Metalworks snare! Which of the “expensive ones” do you think this snare outperforms best?

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