> > > BeatIt Vintage Test: EMI Rosetti Hamma Steel snare

In the middle of the summer of last year, we took a trip to the headquarters of the MW-Vintage company, which is known to quite a number of drummers in Poland and Europe not only from beatit.tv publications and can boast an increasingly growing range of drum kits of a slightly older date. On a beautiful and sunny day, company owner, Mateusz Wysocki, opened his show room for us to set up several vintage sets “tap” on. Once again, Max Psuja, agreed to be the ’lab tester’. Max is 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.

We’re testing an EMI Rosetti Hamma Steel snare by Premier

1. Product

The subject of our test is a semi-pro snare drum manufactured at the Premier factory for the EMI Rosetti – Hamma brand. Hamma sold drums and snares, which were actually Premiers under a different name. According to Mateusz Wysocki, this snare was produced in England in the late 1980s.

2. Basic specs:

  • Producer: EMI Rosetti – Hamma
  • Size: 14″ x 5,5”
  • Material: Steel
  • Shell thickness: 1.2 mm
  • Hoops: Classic, 8 tension rods
  • Lugs: Hamma
  • Snares: Steel, 20 strand
  • Throw-off: Strainer
  • Heads: Remo Ambassador Coated / Ambassador Snare
  • Finish: Chrome Over Steel (COS)

3. Test and sound

When testing the 14″ x 5.5″ EMI Rosetti – Hamma snare drum, we also used a 1950s vintage Premier drum kit as well as Impression Cymbals: 15″ Leon Collection Hats, a 19″ Smooth Crash and a 20″ Smooth Ride.

Max started off with single strokes on the batter head, then, he proceeded to play a few rudiment elements at different levels of dynamics with the snares off, repeated the routine with the snares on, only to finish off by playing the snare accompanied by the entire drum kit.

The snare drum tested here is a very interesting instrument, which will deliver in many music genres. It displays a very warm characteristic. We would even say it is surprisingly warm for a steel shell. At the same time, it produces a metallic overtone, which is characteristic of this material, however, it is by no means irritating and can be easily reduced or eliminated by dampening. The snares respond very nicely at all dynamic levels.

4. This is what Max Psuja had to say about this snare:

It’s a very open and resonating snare with a cracking and full attack. Despite its long decay, it doesn’t overwhelm with volume or excessive brightness. It’s perfect for old-school sounding rock or alternative music.”

The snare is available for purchase at MW-Vinage Internet store under the following link: https://mw-vintage.pl/emi-rosetti-hamma-werbel-steel-14-x-55-vintage/

Drummers and Drummerettes! It’s time to put the 14″ x 5,5″ EMI Rosetti – Hamma by Premier snare drum in Chrome Over Steel finish to the most important test of all, i. e. the en.beatit.tv viewers’ test! Exclusively for you, we give you Max Psuja!