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Tama Starphonic Snare Drum Nickel Plated Brass 6x14

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The Tama Starphonic PBR146 Brass Snare Drum has a 1.2mm nickel-plated brass shell a quick release freedom lug, claw hook, and grooved hoop for rapid drumhead changes and enhanced tone. A linear drive ... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 04-18-2018 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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The Tama Starphonic PBR146 Brass Snare Drum has a 1.2mm nickel-plated brass shell a quick release freedom lug, claw hook, and grooved hoop for rapid drumhead changes and enhanced tone. A linear drive strainer with calibrated ratchet style tension adjustment knob makes precision tuning simple. The Tama Starphonic aluminum snare includes super sensitive hi-carbon snappy snares and a detachable butt plate for quick snare and head changes.


  • Modernized retro-style for rich vintage sound
  • Quick release Freedom lug, Claw hook, Grooved Hoop for rapid drum head changes
  • Thin 1.2mm nickel-plated brass shell
  • 6" x 14"
  • "Linear Drive" strainer with ratchet style tension adjustment
  • Inclues super sensitive hi-Carbon Snappy Snares
  • Detachable butt plate for rapid snare and head changes
  • Premium Japanese quality production
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Manufacturer's Warranty
Wood hoops - 30 day warranty.
All hardware (metal hoops) and shell finish - One year warranty.
Shells - 5 year warranty.

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TamaStarphonic Snare Drum

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(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)


Best all around snare I have played.


from Royal Oak, MI

Comments about Tama Starphonic Snare Drum:

This drum has converted me from wood to metal snare drums. I've owned the brass starphonic drum for over 8 months. The tone is nice and open, but the drum is not very ringy at all (did not need to use the Evans E Ring that came with it). Works great in all tuning ranges and is straightforward to tune. Has a nice crack, especially when tuned medium to high. The sound has a nice warmth to it. I've barely had to re-tune the drum during this time. The bottom head is easy to adjust thanks to the Starphonic hardware. Works great in all sorts of applications depending on the tuning used. The drum can take a beating and the claw hooks stay in place. Rimshots seem easier to perform on this drum as well. The only negative is the Evans snare side coated head that came with the drum. The coating stuck to the rim making it difficult to remove and change the head without warping the original. Had manually remove the coating pieces from the rim, which was annoying. Swapped in a new Evans head and sounded even better. Compared to other high-end snare drums in general, the cost is low (relatively speaking, of course) for the quality of this drum and the hardware. It's more impressive than many signature snare drums out there (and cheaper). Highly, highly recommended.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great All Around Snare!

By Aaron DeGeer

from Los Angeles, California

Comments about Tama Starphonic Snare Drum:

This snare is great! I originally owned a steel snare before this, and always found it lacking. That's when I found this drum. This drum has a brass shell so it's a little warmer and also fuller than steel. The hoops are basically triple-flanged except turned in, not out, at the end. By having these hoops, it allows it to be nice and open sounding. The drum has a nice fat sound with plenty of attack as well as a lot of volume! I mean a lot! But it's not out of control, it's just getting used to it first. Tuning is a breeze on this thing, and it stays in tune. I find it sound best when the top bottom head is tuned about a 3rd above the top. Gives it a nice crack with a nice full body. Overall a very top notch snare. Definitely recommend!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Totally Gnarly

By Bill Bunsenburner

from Chicago IL

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  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Jazz Clubs
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks
    • Symphonies

    Comments about Tama Starphonic Snare Drum:

    This snare is very well made and has a great metallic sounding crack while still sounding warm like a wood drum. Very well rounded. Would fit any musical situation. And with the Freedom lugs, head changes are a breeze. I own six snare drums and I would say that this is my favorite. I wish I would have known how much I like brass snares a long time ago. I would recommend this drum to anyone.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Nice Sound

    By Jakrin Meepalang

    from california

    Comments about Tama Starphonic Snare Drum:

    First i love this snare so much it have nice crack , warm , tone and mix the best thing of wood and metal snare in one buy this!!!!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



    By michael alston

    from Plainfield , New Jersey

    Comments about Tama Starphonic Snare Drum:

    I've been playing drums for 35yrs . Played many snare drums . By far this is the BEST snare drum I've ever played ! Why , because this drum doesn't give a lot of overtones . Just enough , and thats with the stock head !!!The sound is warm , gives a loud crack , and the tuning range is far and wide . This snare is easy to tune and once you tune it , it stays !!!If your like me and don't like overtones at all , take off the stock head and put on the Evans Dry Head . SOUNDS EXCELLENT !!!!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    Everything I wanted it to be

    By Tom Battaglia

    from Denver, CO

    Comments about Tama Starphonic Snare Drum:

    For starters, I have a Starclassic Maple. It's a great "cracky" snare, but I need something that had a certain resonance and would cut without the woody sound. I read all the reviews, and it seemed that brass would have the metal character with some warmth. I ordered the Starphonic Brass, and it showed up in perfect condition. It's very impressive. It's apparent how well made it is as soon as you take it out of the box. I let it acclimate to the temperature in the house, and thought I should start by tuning it similarly to the Starclassic Maple to hear the difference. I put a Drum-Dial on both snares, and the new Starphonic was tuned almost perfectly. Only one lug on top needed adjustment, and the bottom head was perfect. I put it on the stand, and played. The strainer action is great. Nice and smooth. I recorded a session and was amazed at how great this thing sounded right away. It comes with a "Ritchie-Ring" type dampener. I used it, and it is perfect for recording in a heavy guitar context. It's easy to get it to sit in a mix without additional overtones. It's not too loud really. The maple snare is louder. But the tone is pure luxury. It's worth every penny! Comes with: Ritchie-Ring, Tama's excellent drum key with speed knob, Evans G1 coated on top.

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