12" snare volume is enough?

Hollywood Jim

Platinum Member
Go to your local Guitar Center and try out one of these. It seemed really loud to me. And it had a great tone.

Mapex Warbird Chris Adler Artist Inspired Black Panther Snare Drum 12 x 5.5 in.



Duck Tape

Platinum Member
I think Loveshack was recorded with a 12x7 Brady jarrah block snare, it’s definitely going to be loud enough if you go for the right construction.

I took a 12” mapex phantom snare to a rock gig once, at the end of the night I noticed how much it chewed my sticks. Either I was hitting harder to make it sound louder or the position where your stick impacts the rim is harder on sticks (or the rounded black panther hoops) I’m not sure, but I stick to 14’s these days.


Platinum Member
I may be wrong here, but when I think of snare diameter, I think more of pitch than I do volume. A 12" will probably cut through a little better and the pitch will be higher than say a 14". More plies does not give a deeper tone. I think it does the opposite.