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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)

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