Advice on a Pearl Masters Snare


Silver Member
I saw a seemingly mint condition mid-90s Pearl Masters Brass 14x6.5 snare with an original Pearl bag in a local (Philippine) ad. It's going for the equivalent of US$480.

I saw another one, but rather beat up, going for the equivalent of US$240.

Is this model, and these prices, worth considering? I don't really need one, because I hardly gig nowadays. But I've never had a 14x6.5 deep snare, so the possibility of getting one really intrigues me.

Fritz Frigursson

Senior Member
Hey mate

Since the shell isn't in the best of shape and the badge is somehow torn (is it just a sticker?) I wouldn't be paying 450 for that since you can get a brand new Acrolite for that kind of money. Nowadays you can get a 14x6.5 Free Floater which is a better snare for the same price new so no, I wouldn't really give it much attention. Though if you think it's a good deal, go for it since it's not a bad snare at all. Just needs some scrubbing and lubing.


Platinum Member
The $480 one is overpriced. But I'd get the $240 one. A good buy.
The patina on the brass is not so bad, and if you don't like it, clean it up and sell for a little more.
Everybody should try a brass snare, or a deeper snare, at least once.