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Drum Workshop Design Series Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum


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The DW Design Series DDSD5514BNCR Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum bring is high-end in every way, except for its modest price tag.

To make the Design Series Black Nickel over Brass Snare drum, craftsmen at Drum Workshop took a rolled 1mm, bead-reinforced, all-brass shell and decked it out with everything the Design Series has to offer. There's little doubt that this snare drum will more than get the job done in any musical situation. Features the MAG Throw-Off, True-Pitch Tuning, and a DW Reverse Dot batter head by Remo.

MAG Snare Throw-off
The MAG throw-off gives you precise and accurate snare tension while being unbelievably reliable. This throw off features a magnetic switch that guarantees it will stand up to the heaviest hitters and only come undone when you want it to.

DW True Pitch Tension Rods
DW’s true pitch tension rods are another modern miracle in innovation. These non-slip screws guarantee that once you get the drum to where you like it, it’ll stay there. No more pesky tuning between songs at gigs.

  • MAG Throw-Off
  • True-Pitch Tuning
  • Rolled 1mm, bead-reinforced and all-brass shell
  • DW Reverse Dot batter head by Remo
  • Get the job done in any musical situation

Get your Drum Workshop Design Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Snare Drum

Nice Drum!


If you are looking for studio quality snare on a bit of a tight budget then do not look any further than this Nickel over Brass shell snare! It has all the features of a high end snare drum at a price that is more than reasonable. It is easy to tune and comes with a sweet stock DW Reverse Dot batter head from Remo. Don't expect anything less from Drum Workshop!!


Cincinnati, OH

Looks Beautiful


No matter what the price point is, if it's Drum Workshop then it is more than likely going to be good quality. Not only does the black nickel have a great look to it, the nickel/brass combination really lends itself to a bright and punchy sound. At under $300 this is a steal.


Edison, NJ

Superb Snare


The DW design snare is definitely a great snare option to consider that doesn't completely cripple your pockets. The black nickel finish gives it an amazing look and the pairing of a MAG throw off and true-pitch tuning take the sound to another level. Much more superior than wood, the brass build gives a very controlled snappy sound that makes this a great snare to try if you are in the market for an affordable, versatile snare

Darius T

Edison, NJ

Durable and sounds great!


This is a great snare for anybody looking for a drum that can produce a studio quality performance without being too expensive for the aspiring drummers of today. With an all brass shell its durable enough for a house kit where a drummer may fear using his best snare. good buy for beginners to experts.



Unique and Reasonably Priced


This is a great snare for any drummer looking to change up their sound without having to spend big bucks. This snare from DW feels very expensive while keeping the price modest. The snare features their MAG throw off and true-pitch tuning like any high-end DW drum but manages to save on spending elsewhere. The drum has a very present yet not harsh tone due to the layering of the chosen materials. A cool snare to have in your arsenal, even if just to experiment with.

Lady Landa

Edison, NJ

Awesome snare


Not only is this an absolutely beautiful snare, but it is built well and sounds great! It features the MAG Throw-Off and can be fine tuned due to the smaller threads. DW has been around and know how to built drum products and this is just another fine example of why they are still one of the top manufacturers around. The brass gives a great sound that is different from wood but still gives a great tone (sometimes better than wood).

Lee @ Sam Ash Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

Great snare for the money


Drum Workshop has been a staple in the drum industry for decades. They've taken their years of crafting incredible custom instruments and taken some of those features into an import line of drums that pack quite a value to prospective buyers. You get the MAG throw off (one of the best strainers in the business), True Pitch tension rods (which are a finer threading so you can tune accurately easier than ever), DW True Tone snare wires, Remo heads (CS Dot on the batter), and a 1mm rolled brass shell. The two beads give the drum a distinctive look and also help control some of the excess ring and overtones inherent in a lot of brass drums. So whether you play live or in the studio the sheer versatility and quality of this snare drum make it indispensable. Check it out if you need a high quality brass snare drum on a budget.

Nate M

Cincinnati, OH

Design Series Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum

4.8 9


Shell Finish Type Metal
Configuration Snare Drum
Shell Material Brass
Shell Construction 1mm
Shell Hardware Finish Chrome Finish
Number of Lugs 10 Lugs
Series Design Series
Model DDSD5514BNCR
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Warranty Info:

Drum Workshop, Inc. warrants that Custom Shop DW Drum Shells and Finishes (Collector's Series®, Classics Series™, and Jazz Series™) are free of material and workmanship defects for a period of Two (2) years from the original date of purchase.

DW Performance Series™ Shells and Finishes are free of material and workmanship defects for a period of Two (2) years from the original date of purchase.

DW Design Series™ Shells and Finishes are free of material and workmanship defects for a period of One (1) year from the original date of purchase.

All drum hardware is covered for a period of one (1) year. Drum Workshop will repair or replace any defective components free of charge with comparable or functionally equivalent parts to the original purchaser upon delivery of the product to an authorized DW Drums dealer. Said defective component/s will become the property of Drum Workshop. Proof of purchase and status as the original purchaser are required for warranty coverage.

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