A few months ago, 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 a Premier 2032 snare
The subject of our test is a beautiful Premier 2032 snare drum made from birch, and featuring beech reinforcement rings. According to Mateusz Wysocki, this snare was produced approximately in 1980. The instrument was made in England.
2. Basic specs:
- Producer: Premier
- Model 2032
- Size: 14″ x 6,5”
- Material: Birch + beech reinforcement rings (solid shell)
- Hoops: Power Hoop, 10 tension rods
- Lugs: Premier #35-20 w/ bead recess
- Snares: Steel, 25 strand, new
- Throw-off: Strainer, new
- Heads: Remo Ambassador Coated / Ambassador Snare
- Finish: Muscato exotic veneer
3. Test and sound
When testing the 14″ x 6.5″ Premier 2032 snare drum, we also used a vintage Sonor Phonic Beech drum kit as well as Impression Cymbals: 15″ Leon Collection Hats, a 17″ Hollister Crash and a 22″ Leon Collection Ride.
Max started off with alternate strokes on the batter head, then, he proceeded to play a few rudiment elements at different levels of dynamics. After that, he demonstrated the cross-stick sound, only to finish off by playing the snare accompanied by the entire drum kit.
The snare drum tested here is an instrument which will do great in many musical context. It displays a very warm, quite focused and extremely “woody” sound characteristic. At the same time, it produces a moderately long sustain, which guarantees it will not sound dead. The snares respond very nicely at all dynamic levels. They are perhaps not the most sensitive of sensitive, but the instrument gives no reason to complain about this parameter. The dynamic range is also more than satisfactory.
4. This is what Max Psuja had to say about this snare:
“It’s a warm-sounding snare with a nicely focused attack. The snare response is within norm. What’s really striking to me is how easy the tuning is. The spectrum of musical applications in this case is one of the broadest I’ve come across. You could squeeze something out of this snare in almost any style of music.”
The snare is available for purchase at MW-Vinage Internet store under the following link: https://mw-vintage.pl/premier-werbel-2032-14-x-65-muscato-custom-vintage/
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