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Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum Transparent Black Oak 13 x 6.5 in.

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Named for a 16th-century samurai, the rugged Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum is constructed in 7-ply oak and produces aggressive, bright, and remarkably loud sound that cuts through just about any mix.

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Named for a 16th-century samurai, the rugged Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum is constructed in 7-ply oak and produces aggressive, bright, and remarkably loud sound that cuts through just about any mix.

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YamahaMusashi Oak Snare Drum
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

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Musashi Oak Snare

Before I even bought this drum, I tried it out at two different stores, and I loved the sound. It even still had the factory heads still on it (I've later changed those...Read complete review

Before I even bought this drum, I tried it out at two different stores, and I loved the sound. It even still had the factory heads still on it (I've later changed those to a Remo Emperor -- I've got the 6.5" model). This was pretty rare because snare drums usually don't sound good at all (to me) at stores. I bought this snare to replace the factory snare on my Yamaha Stage Custom kit. I've been so pleased with this that I use it at all my gigs. It's got a great "crack" to it and it cuts through the music really well. Not to mention it looks great and has good stage presence, since I wanted to stick with wooden snares.

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Not even worth it

13X6.5 - I don't wanna bad mouth this drum as everyone else seems to love it, but I'm just gonna be honest. First, the throw off is terrible. It's not the worst I've...Read complete review

13X6.5 - I don't wanna bad mouth this drum as everyone else seems to love it, but I'm just gonna be honest. First, the throw off is terrible. It's not the worst I've seen, but definitely the worst I've seen on a drum that sells for around $300. With that out of the way we can get to the sound. This thing sounds best at medium to high tunings. Unfortunately I found that this drum sounds very dead no matter how you tune it. It has very little character to it. Rim shots literally sound like your smacking a metal hoop with a stick - there's no "crack". The sound is not very full either. The drum really lacks "body". It feels like it takes up very little sonic space, if you can imagine what I mean. Also, for a 6.5" drum it's not very loud at all. I've got a 14 X 5.5 steel Tama that is easily TWICE as loud as this thing. I've recorded with them both and used them in various situations. I wanted to use the Musashi for playing in church but I quickly realized the lack of body and volume made it quickly disappear in the mix. It seems to only be useful if you crank it up and use it as a high pitched side snare. Perhaps I just prefer metal drums, or maybe it's the 13" diameter, but I overall I found the Musashi to lack character, body, and volume. The flimsy strainer doesn't help things much either.

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(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Musashi Oak Snare

By Bill G

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

Before I even bought this drum, I tried it out at two different stores, and I loved the sound. It even still had the factory heads still on it (I've later changed those to a Remo Emperor -- I've got the 6.5" model). This was pretty rare because snare drums usually don't sound good at all (to me) at stores. I bought this snare to replace the factory snare on my Yamaha Stage Custom kit. I've been so pleased with this that I use it at all my gigs. It's got a great "crack" to it and it cuts through the music really well. Not to mention it looks great and has good stage presence, since I wanted to stick with wooden snares.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Snare!

By funkindrums

from Florida

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

I own many different snare drums..mainly play on my 14x5 Pearl Free-Floating maple, but when I tested this one out in the store, I had to get it. I play a lot of gigs( covers and originals)...This drum sounds great mic'd and I am really pleased with the "tight crack" along with some depth..I got the 13x6.5. Just put an Evans EC2 head on it and you'll be amazed!!!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sold on this Yamaha snare.

By Ludwig

from Canada

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

I bought this snare 2 years ago when I went to visit relatives in Atlanta. Being from Canada the cost of this snare, even with the $ exchange was too good to pass up. I own a Ludwig custom kit and the snare that came with this kit, well, it?s a 14? Ludwig, need I say more, okay but hollow. I tried a lot of snares at the store but when I tried the Yamaha 13-6.5" I knew this was the one. When you play a drum you either find your self in the ?zone? or not. The sound is crisp and in your face under tension and mellows out under lower tension. This makes the Musashi a very versatile unit. With very minor baffling (1-2 moon gels) you can eliminate the already low over tone/ring. The finish is exquisite and the quality is #1. The only minor draw back?. I think Yamaha could of beefed up the snare tension adjuster a bit; it?s good, but a little week for such a powerful drum. Very, very minor.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Wood Snare I've ever Owned!

By Josh

from St. Louis mo

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

I have been a drummer for about 8 years and needless to say played alot of different snare drums. Out of all the wood snares i've owned or even played such as the Pearl McX Masters, Pork Pie Little Squealer, Orange county maple snare just to name a few this drum sounds better behind the kit, in the audience and records better by a long shot for my taste. It's got a great look that will go with any kit. I Own the 13 X 6.5 so i cant speak about the others. One thing I will disagree with the other reviews is I would only use this as my main snare i don't think it's an accent snare nice deep rich tone with tons of pop. I keep mine pretty tight. I as many other drummers believe that your snare and your cymbals are really what matters. Tune up any drum set and play it properly with the right mics it will sound fine, but if your going to spend the money buy this snare. Great projection and great tone.... oh and Don't waste the money on the Steve Jordan signature snare while it's nice the deminsions are similar and the oak on the musashi has a ton more crack the warmth on the steve Jordan is there but spend the extra 300 on a nice hit hat. Just Sayin!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

EROCK

By Eric S

from Manitou Beach, MI

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

I would recommend this snare drum to anyone playing with jazz, or classic playing styles due to its well defined tone and dynamic nature. It can be used for pretty much any genre but I would have to say I have had some issues with the bottom and top tension rods backing out after a few heavy sets, even with proper technique. over all the drum is very well worth the money spent and will treat you as good as you treat it. I am not dissatisfied at all.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best I have ever played on.

By Lil_John-John

from Detroit,Mi

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

Hello everyone, my name is Johnathan Connors and I have used maybe on of the best snares on the market. It has a wonderful high-pitched sound & it blends in perfectly with my entire drum-set when I use it. It may cost a pretty penny but it's worth every penny.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Power and beauty in a small package

By drummerD

from Austin, TX

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

The Yamaha Musashi Oak snare drum packs quite a punch. It's made of dense oak with a transparent black finish that brings out the grain nicely. The drum sounds solid at lower tuning ranges, but it's screaming to be cranked to higher tensions. When you get the batter head up tight, this drum really comes to life. Despite both models smaller diameters, the Musashi has a ton of cut and projection. I tend to keep my batter head tight with the snare side slightly looser to bring out some tone and body along with the cut. At this price, the Musashi makes a great addition to any snare arsenal either as an auxiliary or main snare. Basically, it's like a piccolo with punch!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome snare

By john madden

from florida tampa

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

This snare sounds like buiscuit and gravy to my tummy with a pinch of salt and orang juice.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Musashi Oak Snare 13" x 6.5"

By Chris Leach

from Diamond Bar, CA

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

Of the twenty-some-odd snare drums I've owned over the last 33 years, the only one I deeply regret parting with was a Noble & Cooley 13" x 7" maple snare which I bought in 1992. It was made with an interior ply of mahogany which gave it a little more bottom end than solid maple and naturally muted the undesirable overtones. My bandmates and studio techs loved that drum as much as I did. I hadn't come accross anything like it until Yamaha released the 13" x 6.5" Musashi oak snare. Like the afore mentioned Noble & Cooley, the Musashi provides lots of contemporary high end pop without sacrificing bottom end depth, and it does it without the unpleasant ring that accompanies almost all snare drums. And while the Yamaha version lacks the die cast hoops and heavy duty strainer that were present on the Noble and Cooley, it has no adverse effects on the overall sound of the drum. Besides, it is not uncommon for smaller diameter snares to be fitted with low-mass strainers. As for the hoops, this drum is plenty loud and produces crisp rim shots with the standard hoops provided. Unlike the 10" and 12" versions, this is definately a primary snare drum. The oak shell offers more bottom end than the popular 13" x 7" O.C.D. maple snare and without the unwanted ring. I am recommending this drum based on its sound quality and versatility, but the very modest price tag makes it smart investment for anyone.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow!!!

By ANTONIO SANCHEZ

from NY - NY

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

I bought this snare a week ago only guided by the reviews I readed in the Guitar Center web page. I played this beauty when I returned to my country... i fell in love inmediatly. The perfect sound for me, something similar to Mike Bordin's sound in King for a Day - Fool for a Lifetime. Great attack and loudness. I recommend it to everyone. Ca��_to (from Chile)

 
5.0

Great Sounding Drum

By MusashiOak

from Indianapolis, Indiana

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

I am a young drummer that was looking for a good snare. The Musashi Oak was the snare I had my eye on for a while. This Christmas I realized I had gotten one and I actually hugged it. It is the best snare for the price without an exception. This snare has just the right amount of depth to get a fat low tone, but the snares still give it a nice snap that will simply make you smile. Cross sticking and rim-shots are the best part of this drum, it's 13 in. shell gives it a perfect ring. If you are looking to buy a new snare drum I highly recommend this snare. BUY IT!!!!!

 
5.0

Great Yamaha Snare

By Patrick Sedivy

from Lincoln, NE

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

I got this snare drum a week ago and this is by far the best purchase I have made so far for my kit. I wanted a snare drum that has great sound with a nice "crack" to it and it delivers. The factory head sounds great so there is no rush to get a different head soon. You want a good drum with a decent price? This is the drum for you.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha Musashi

By Cole

from Aledo, Illinois

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

Wow...This snare drum is absolutely amazing. It has a very loud and defined crack to it, it definitely cuts through the music. When i'm playing with my band, if they can't hear my kick drum over the mix, they can definitely hear this. As my bassist told me, " We usually go off your kick, if we can't hear that i'm always listenin for that snare drum. " I have the 6.5x13'' drum, and I love it. I never knew how loud and clear yet attacking Oak could be. People often complain about the tension rods coming loose and out of tune after beating on it, but it's really not a huge deal if you know how to tune a drum.. after beating on it a while all i need to do is tighten it up a little bit, not problem. The throw-off is a bit wimpy for a snare of this stature, but it works fine.

 
5.0

Buy It

By Pocketman1985

from Grand Rapids ,MI

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

I baught this snare about a year ago before I had a picolo snare which was a good beginner snare but this snare sounds amazing with proper tuning this is a good buy for the price point

 
5.0

LOUD

By GMon

from Nashua, NH

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

As I was ambling through Guitar Center I tried out every snare they had on display looking for that certain snare that would help my kit sound legit in any kind of setting. The Musashi had every quality I was looking for: a loud, crisp beefy snare that I could use in a variety of purposes. It has that "crack" that I listen for in every snare I try out which is great for enhancing my band's sound. It is versatile enough to use for any style of music, whether it be punk, heavy rock, reggae, jazz or anything else for that matter. Like other users admit, the tension rods do tend to loosen up after moderate to heavy use but it's still a great snare to try out for drummers of any experience level.

 
4.0

oak is no joke

By duck butter

from calyfornia

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

Have been playing drums thirty years have had many snares this one has great presence looks great sounds amazing you can tune it low or high I prefer the evans revers dot head it helps the drum open up and a medium high tuning cuts through my metal bands amps no problem mine is 6.5x13 model love it. throw off a little cheap but works well buy this snare you wont be disapoinnted.

 
5.0

Great 13" Snare

By Scott

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

This drum gives you a snap, crack, and pop while still retaining some depth with the 6" deep shell (I have the 13 X 6.5). It's also great as an aux drum with the snares turned off. The throw off is not the best of quality, but the sound that this drum produces overcomes that flaw.

 
5.0

Dynamically pure.....

By Steve Lucas

from Laguna, NM.

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

The Yamaha "Musashi" Oak Snare Drum Rocks!!!! I own The 12" x 6" model and the sound is high pitched and crackle-licious! Great cross stick/rim shot sound for them country favorites.....cuts through molasses sound (like a Samarai) with great punch as well. Looks and feels great, well suited for any music genere. No disappointments with this lil' bad boy, topped it off with an "Evans EC2 (clear)" and voila! I've been asked what kind of snare I use and how I get that high pitched crack sound.....I just give em' the brand, model and size, it all speaks for itself!!!! Well worth it.....

 
3.0

Not even worth it

By Seth Balmore

from New York

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

13X6.5 - I don't wanna bad mouth this drum as everyone else seems to love it, but I'm just gonna be honest. First, the throw off is terrible. It's not the worst I've seen, but definitely the worst I've seen on a drum that sells for around $300. With that out of the way we can get to the sound. This thing sounds best at medium to high tunings. Unfortunately I found that this drum sounds very dead no matter how you tune it. It has very little character to it. Rim shots literally sound like your smacking a metal hoop with a stick - there's no "crack". The sound is not very full either. The drum really lacks "body". It feels like it takes up very little sonic space, if you can imagine what I mean. Also, for a 6.5" drum it's not very loud at all. I've got a 14 X 5.5 steel Tama that is easily TWICE as loud as this thing. I've recorded with them both and used them in various situations. I wanted to use the Musashi for playing in church but I quickly realized the lack of body and volume made it quickly disappear in the mix. It seems to only be useful if you crank it up and use it as a high pitched side snare. Perhaps I just prefer metal drums, or maybe it's the 13" diameter, but I overall I found the Musashi to lack character, body, and volume. The flimsy strainer doesn't help things much either.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The " Snap , Crackle and Pop you have been waiting for . .

By PATRIC PROSAK

from staten island

Comments about Yamaha Musashi Oak Snare Drum:

First let me start out and give credit where it is due .. Guitar Center - Excellent Place for Musicians , Sales staff ... Always a Pleasure doing business with them , That is the Main reason i shop here .. and for this snare I own a lot of snares in my collection and being on the road i always would listen to other live drummers and say hey that Snare was killer , then look and this is the All around snare they were using .. from the lows to the highs this snare cuts it and Once again it was a Yamaha snare .. I caught this on sale and after i got it i changed both heads and snares - puresounds and a controlled dot on top and hazy on bottom . . then the Magic began . . this is the gem you have been waiting for .. the Oak sings on this snare and with a little moon gel any over tones or ring you don't want is gone or tighten her up and let her scream .. and remember if you are not happy within 30 days ..you can always return it .. but, i think that will not Happen .. go enjoy this Gem of a Snare . .you Deserve it .

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