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 6.5″ Premier 1006 snare drum
- Manufacturer: Premier
- Model: 1006
- Shell: Steel
- Size: 14″ x 6.5″
- Lugs: Double ended
- Snares: Steel, 20 strand
- Strainer: Lever
When testing the Premier 1006, we also used a 70s Premier Soundwave drum kit, Impression Dark 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.
Premier 1006 is another great option for vintage sound freaks. The sound of the instrument can be described as dry, with a small amount of tinny quality to it. The snares are quite good, but they do not break into the foreground. We have the impression that the snare drum is not really cut out for dynamics above the forte. The rimshot is clear, but somewhat lacks in sonority. On the other hand, it does not produce a squeak in the ears. The rim click sounds a little plastic to our taste. When isolated, this snare drum is similar to an instrument made of wood rather than steel.
It is certainly a snare drum any vintage gear lover would never be ashamed of owning and playing.
Since the day we made the test, the snare has found a buyer. You can get acquainted with MW-Vinage offer under this link: http://mw-vintage.pl/
Drummers and Drummerettes! It’s time to put the Premier 1006 14″ x 6.5″ snare drum to the most important test of all, i. e. the en.beatit.tv viewers’ test! Exclusively for you, we give you Max Psuja!