Is my drum copper?


Silver Member
Pearl Ultratone snare made in Japan. I always thought this was odd until I learned that there were chrome over steel snares, and chrome over copper. Is this oxidized metal or is this copper that's coming through?

The rest of the inside of the shell :



Platinum Member
If your two choices for that model are copper and steel, a magnet should tell you which you have. It looks like either oxidation or discoloration from the manufacturing process to me, but I can't really tell which.


Senior Member
I'd be surprised if it's steel, but a magnet will tell that for you. If it doesn't stick my guess is either copper or brass. Brass can and will oxidize like that over time being as it is mostly copper.