> > > BeatIt Vintage Test: 14″ x 10″ Majestic Brass Snare Drum

Some time ago, we locked ourselves away at Perlazza Studio (based in Poznań, Poland), where we tested quite a number of vintage drum kits and snares provided by Mateusz Wysocki and his MW-Vintage company, which (as the name suggests) specializes in vintage drums. We performed the test under the sonic supervision of musician, award-winning producer, studio owner and, most of all, a drum maniac, Przemysław Wejmann. To be more exact, it was drummer Max Psuja, who tested all the gear while the beatit.tv team recorded the video and the sound engineer/producer took care of the sonic side of things.

Max Psuja, as an utter vintage drum maniac, a former employee of a drum shop, and a great drummer, who has collaborated with a host of popular acts in Poland, such as Kumka Olik, Holak, Lilly Hates Roses or Yoachim, was perfect for the role of ’lab tester’. Needless to say, he was more than eager to do the job.

We are testing a 14″ x 10″ Majestic Brass Snare Drum

1. Product

Majestic existing on the drum market since 1921, a Dutch producer of percussion instruments for orchestras. In the 60-80s, the production also included drum kits. Today it is one of the most popular producers of orchestral and marching percussion instruments. Majestic began to specialize in timpani and marching drum production.

2. Basic product specification

  • Manufacturer: Majestic
  • Model: Brass
  • Size: 14″ x 10″
  • Shell material: Brass
  • Shell thickness: 1.2 mm
  • Hoops: 8 tension rods
  • Strainer: Super Sensitive
  • Lugs: single ended lugs
  • Snares: 2x 16 strains

3. Test and sound

When testing the Majestic Brass snare, we also used a Tama Artstar II drum kit, Impression cymbals and Aquarian drumheads.

Max first presented the sound of the snare produced by single strokes at different levels of dynamics, he then proceeded to playing rudiment-based patterns to finish off with a rhythm figure using all the kit elements as well as performing a groove.

Majestic Brass 14 “x 10” snare drum is the perfect instrument that will surely please every vintage sound maniac. Very nice, deep sound, full and very selective. Majestic responds very well to all the slightest articulation changes. It is an instrument offering professional sound at a very affordable price. The instrument is intended for louder music genres, and there it will definitely find its application. For us it is a bit too loud, but lovers of rock drumming can use this snare drum’s great potential without fear, both in the studio and at concerts!

This snare is available for purchase at MW-Vinage Internet store under this link: http://mw-vintage.pl/majestic-brass-14-x-10/

Drummers and Drummerettes! It’s time to put the 14″ x 10″ Majestic Brass snar drum to the most important test of all, i. e. the en.beatit.tv viewers’ test! Exclusively for you, we give you Max Psuja!