13 Best Snare Drum Accessories

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Snare Drum Accessories in 2020

The DrumClip External Drum Ring Control, Damper / Dampner (Regular)

The DrumClip  External Drum Ring Control, Damper / Dampner (Regular)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • The World's Strongest & Most Durable Resonance Control Device Ever Designed!
  • It's Simple, Effective, & Versatile!
  • 100% Lifetime Guarantee
  • Made In USA
  • Two Sizes To Choose From Regular & Small

Big Fat Snare Drum Steve's Donut 14"

Big Fat Snare Drum Steve's Donut 14
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Steve's Donut 14 in
  • Steve's Donut gives you medium, beefy and thudding snare with the feel of your actual snare head
  • Also features extra clink of tambourine jingles
  • Simply place this skin on top of your existing snare head, the custom blend of patent pending rubber and plastic instantly facelifts your medium to high-pitched tuned snare drum and delivers that sought after, authentic, deep and warm tone we all know and love
  • Equipped with a thumb cut out for quick removal, a rubberized gasket for weight, balance and stability, the Big Fat Snare Drum was designed for the drummer's convenience and makes it easier than ever to achieve that signature sound with no need to retune or bring a second drum

PureSound Super 30 Series Snare Wire, 30 Strand, 14 Inch

PureSound Super 30 Series Snare Wire, 30 Strand, 14 Inch
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Designed for 14" snare drums; 30 strands of wire
  • Evenly spaced coiled snare wires offer consistent snare response
  • 30 strands of medium gauge wire offer penetrating snare presence
  • Steel coil produces a quick and crisp snare response
  • All PureSound Snare Wires are designed and manufactured in the USA

Snare Drum Stand by Griffin | Deluxe Percussion Hardware Base Kit | Double Braced, Light Weight Mount for Standard Snare and Tom Drums|Slip-Proof Gear Tilter| Sturdy Clamp Style Basket Holder

Snare Drum Stand by Griffin | Deluxe Percussion Hardware Base Kit | Double Braced, Light Weight Mount for Standard Snare and Tom Drums|Slip-Proof Gear Tilter| Sturdy Clamp Style Basket Holder
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • IMPECCABLE SOUND: Designed to hold any standard snare drum (6 inches deep), as well as small top drums with a diameter of 8" - 15", this portable drum stand can easily be adjusted to your preferred height (from 18" to 24"). Featuring a sturdy clamp style basket with a convenient, slip-proof gear tilting system that can be adjusted to any angle, this sleek and shiny chrome finish stand makes an excellent addition to your drum hardware collection.
  • INVEST IN QUALITY AND RELIABILITY: Whether on stage or in the studio, no performer wants to compromise their performance. Sturdy and durable, this premium quality Griffin snare drum stand promises outstanding durability that will handle daily abuse without falling apart on you. Boasting a light to medium weight construction with double braced legs, nylon bushing joints and rubber arm and leg tips, you can rest assured this stand will safely hold your instruments in place, at all times.
  • KEEP YOUR PREFERRED HEIGHT SETTINGS: Are you frequently on the go? Tired of re-adjusting your stand's height settings every time you unpack your gear? Not anymore. Featuring special memory locks that will retain your height adjustments in place, this deluxe snare drum hardware stand is a must-have for the mobile drummer, who doesn't have time to waste!
  • BEST VALUE ON THE MARKET: This snare drum hardware base kit comes with an unbeatable price-tag that you won't find anywhere else on the market! Dare to compare: This Griffin percussion stand combines top quality and excellent performance, without costing a fortune. Can you afford to miss this opportunity? Specifications: Adjustable height: 18" - 24". Base pipe diameter: 19mm. Gross weight: 4 pounds.
  • GET IT WITH CONFIDENCE: We back this product by a 1 year replacement warranty of complete satisfaction. In the unlikely event something should fail, just request a replacement which would be convered under the 1 year warranty agreement!

Gibraltar SC-4467 Snare 14 Inch/20 Strand

Gibraltar SC-4467 Snare 14 Inch/20 Strand
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • 20-Strand Strainer for 14" Snare Drum
  • The Gibraltar 20-strand Strainer is designed to fit many Manufacturer's 14" Snare drums
  • Primarily designed for jazz, rock, and concert performance applications such as field marching corps or similar situations


BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Double Braced Construction for hard abuse
  • Holds all standard size snare drums securely
  • Adjusts from 17 1/2" to 22 1/2" Height
  • Rubberized Feet and Arm Ends
  • Adjustable with Tensioner to tighten around snare, holding it snug and in place

Drum Pad And Sticks By Drum Republic. 12 Inch Pad And Pair Of 5A drumsticks. Snare Drum Practice Kit For Beginners And Professional Drummers. Quiet Drumming 12 In One Sided Pad

Drum Pad And Sticks By Drum Republic. 12 Inch Pad And Pair Of 5A drumsticks. Snare Drum Practice Kit For Beginners And Professional Drummers. Quiet Drumming 12 In One Sided Pad
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

Vic Firth Corpsmaster Signature Snare Sticks -- Colin McNutt (SCM)

Vic Firth Corpsmaster Signature Snare Sticks -- Colin McNutt (SCM)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Feature an oval tip with a medium-long taper providing great balance with quick response at all dynamic levels
  • In honey hickory
  • Length: 17"
  • Diameter: .690"
  • Oval tip

The RimRiser RRU1310CH Cross Stick Performance Enhancer Snare Drum Head, Chrome

The RimRiser RRU1310CH Cross Stick Performance Enhancer Snare Drum Head, Chrome
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Elevated rim feature gives drummers a fuller, more consistent cross-stick sound
  • Allows Drummers a more comfortable grip while Cross Sticking creating new Dynamic Possibilities
  • Can also mount on Toms for enhanced Rim FX

DW Performance Series Snare Drum - 8" x 14" Natural Lacquer

DW Performance Series Snare Drum - 8
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Configuration Snare Size: Multiple Sizes Total Pieces: 1 Extras Case or Bag: Not Applicable Stand: Not Applicable Shells Shell Material: Maple Shell Construction: 10-Ply Shell Thickness (mm): 7.1 Bearing Edge: 45 Reinforcement Ring: No Hardware Hardware Material: Steel Hoop Type: Triple-flange Lugs: Patented Throw-Off: Tap-Style Internal muffler: No Snares: Steel Carbon Oth

Glory Snare DRUM BAG for Snare Drum

Glory Snare DRUM BAG for Snare Drum
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • This bag is suitable for snare drum 14"X5.5"

Big Fat Snare Drum Bling Ring

Big Fat Snare Drum Bling Ring
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • 6 sets of tambourine jingles to give any hi-hat or cymbal a sizzle/trashy sound.
  • Super light weight plastic.
  • Loud and clear.
  • Copper option gives you a slighter darker option.

SoundOff by Evans Drum Mute Pak, Standard (12,13,14,16)

SoundOff by Evans Drum Mute Pak, Standard (12,13,14,16)
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Drum mutes for standard-sized kits: 12, 13, 14 (snare), 16
  • Provides a 95% volume reduction
  • Will not drastically alter the drums feel
  • A great gift for any drummer; practice at home without having to worry about volume control
  • All SoundOff by Evans drum mutes are designed, engineered, and manufactured to the most stringent quality control standards in the industry

Tuning Your Drums - Part III: Snare Drum

The Snare is the most important drum in the percussionist's arsenal; each one possessing its own unique voice which defines the drummer who plays it. Here's the information you need to find your snare's own special sound!

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of snare tuning, a quick word about the snare wires themselves. They must first be removed before you can remove the snare-side head. These wires are held in place by cords that clamp to the side of the drum (usually tightened down by two small Phillips-head screws). Mark the position these cords are clamped with a Sharpie, or red nail polish before removing them, to facilitate reinstallation.

Snare drums are made in many different sizes, styles, and materials, it would be impractical to cover them all accurately for a discussion about tuning, but it is still important to apply tuning techniques differently towards different snare drums. I like to break different snare sounds up into 3 basic categories: Pop (tight snare sound full of overtones), Crack (flat, explosive sound with no overtones), and Boxy (loose snare sound with a "wet" texture).

Wood snares between 5-6 inches deep are best tuned for a Pop. Metal and acrylic snares (especially piccolo snares) make better Cracking sounds, and wood snares from 6 to 10 inches deep make better Boxy tones. Truthfully, any kind of snare can be tuned for any of the above sounds, but these combinations usually yield the best results.


To make your snare "Pop", tune the top head very tightly, so tight that you can barely push down the center of the batter head. With the throw-off engaged, it should sound like a timbale. Use no muffling of any kind, because for this sound, you actually WANT overtones. Like any drum, you must tap the head lightly at each lug about an inch away from the hoop, and adjust each tension rod until the head sounds the same at every tuning point.

Next, install the bottom head. On all snare drums, you needn't tighten the bottom head too much, because its only true function is to give the snare wires a vibrating surface to rattle against. But to achieve the "pop" sound, use the star pattern to make the bottom head slightly tighter than normal, to where it will give less than half of an inch when you push down in the center of the head.

WARNING: Be very careful when testing the tension of the snare-side head this way, as they are VERY thin, and may retain dents, creases, or other deformities caused by careless handling.

Finally, after you reconnect the snare wires, use the tension wheel on the throw-off to adjust their tension to where they rattle rather loosely. They should continue to vibrate for about a half second after the drum is struck.

This kind of tuning gives a wood drum (especially maple) a natural woody sound, almost like a bowling pin, and a metal drum a bell-like sound. A piccolo snare will sound high, round, and sharp, and a deep snare will sound like a distant gunshot.

RECORDED EXAMPLES: Brad Wilks ("Evil Empire" - Rage Against the Machine); John Bonham (Led Zeppelin 4); Keith Moon ( The Who circa 1965-1967); John Steel (The Animals); Dave Silveria (Korn); Lars Ulrich ("St. Anger" - Metallica); Gar Samuelson ("Peace Sells, but Who's Buying?" - Megadeth).


This sound is achieved by using the techniques to get the "pop" sound, but leaving the bottom head loose enough to give when pushed in the center between 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch.

The important part here is to dampen the overtones made by the batter head. An old jazz drummer's trick from the 30's was to lay your wallet on the batter head, but I personally would rather use an aftermarket dampening device, such as RemO's or Evan's E-rings. Moongels are a relatively new product that is rapidly becoming popular with drummers for dampening drumheads, and they work exceptionally well on snares.

Keep the snare wires at about the same tension as you would on a snare set up to "pop". The snare sound will be much tighter, though, because with the batter head dampened, the "after-rattle" will be minimized without any overtones echoing through the shell.

This method really makes piccolo snares sound like an M-80 or a cherry bomb. Of the standard 5-6 inch drums, the crack of the wood snare is a real attention-getter, and a metal snare sounds like a large-bore rifle firing. A deep-shell snare tuned this way reminds me of a car or motorcycle backfiring inside of a tunnel; very loud and with a lot less treble than piccolos or shells of standard depth.

RECORDED EXAMPLES: Steve Adler (Guns n' Roses); Neil Peart (Rush 70s-early 80s); Stewart Copeland (The Police); Bill Ward (Black Sabbath); Hermann Rarebell (The Scorpions); Dave Holland (Judas Priest); Chuck Behler ("So Far, So Good...So What?" - Megadeth).


This sound could be described as the sound a corrugated cardboard box makes when struck with a stick. It was pretty big in the seventies, because its power and lack of overtones made it rather studio-friendly.

This sound is achieved by tuning the batter head relatively loose compared to typical snare head tensions. Using the star pattern, the head is tuned uniformly to the point where the center can be depressed about 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch down (some drummers prefer it looser still!).

The downside to such a loose batter head is that the stick action isn't as lively as on a tighter head, requiring more effort to play fast fills and rudiments. An old trick to remedy this condition is to make one side tight and the other loose, and use the tighter side for stick contact.

The resonant head is tuned about as loose as would be needed to achieve the "pop" sound. Remember, to get this sound, the word to watch head-wise is LOOSE!

The snares, on the other hand, need to be adjusted TIGHTER than usual; so that they stop rattling IMMEDIATELY after the stick makes contact with the batter head (should sound kinda like "BOOF!").

Please, don't waste time trying this technique on a piccolo snare; the very shallow shell depth does not handle the lower frequencies of loosely-tuned batter heads well at all. With a standard-depth shell, it has a flat, atonal sound with ultra-tight response, but tends to be a much "slower" snare drum. To me, at least, I cannot even distinguish any nuances at all between metal, acrylic, or wood drums tuned this way.

The deep-shell snare drum really gives a huge, powerful sound with this tuning, like a marching band snare (which classically uses this tuning method and also have even deeper shells). Since there are so few overtones (but they exist nonetheless), batter-head muting is an option, and is done or not done purely according to the personal tastes of the drummer.

RECORDED EXAMPLES: John Panozzo (Styx); Dennis Elliot (Foreigner); Jeff Porcaro (Toto); Phil Ehart (Kansas); David Robinson (The Cars); Lars Ulrich (Early Metallica).

Well, now you are armed with the knowledge you need to achieve the snare sound that will become your trademark as a drummer. Remember; these three sounds are only your "primary colors"; starting points, if you will. You have learned that, when it comes to snare drums, there are a multitude of different factors that mix and match to influence the sound of your main drum.

The shell diameter, shell depth, shell material, tension and number of snare wires, tension and type of drum heads, and whether or not to muffle or mute all play a role in developing your own sound. You can tweak and tap all of these techniques into your own signature sound, which is why the snare is easily the most versatile and expressive drum in your entire kit.

I hope this series on tuning was a big help to any aspiring drummer wanting to know where to begin, and that it took a lot of the mystery and confusion out of the art and science of making even cheap Wal-Mart drums (like mine) sound like a million dollars (also, LIKE MINE!). Until next time, God bless, and happy bashing!

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