Snare of the day

Gretsch 4153

This stunning Gretsch 4153 snare drum just arrived at the shop….

Gretsch 4153 snare drum available at Nick Hopkin Drums

This 14 x 6.5″ Gretsch snare drum dates to early 1980’s a truly sounds stunning. Truth be told, I usually find wood shell Gretsch snare drums quite boxy but this one is something else.


This is a 6 ply shell in natural finish, with all original hardware. The die cast hoops and lugs are in good shape, as is the lightening snare strainer – and the drum is in round. One noticeable feature is the uneven snare beds; looking at the drum from above, one can see that the beds are cut off centre. The snare wires lie flat however, and there seems to be no compromise in sound – this drum just sounds great right across the tuning range.

Not seen that often in the UK, I’d say most people with this snare in their collection hang onto it. I know two record producers who have been using an identical snare as their ‘go to’ in their studios for the past 20+ years…..

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Snare of the day

Gretsch 4160 Chrome over Brass

Today’s featured snare drum is a late 1960’s Gretsch 4160. This drum offers a 14 x 5″ Chrome over brass shell with die cast hoops. All hardware on this drum is original – internal muffler, tension rods, lightening snare strainer.


The shell is in great shape for its age, and features the clever Gretsch drum key holder (with original key) within the shell. Late 1960’s Round Badge era, this drum tunes up easily with Aquarian American Vintage heads and Puresound wires. Some pitting to the hoops but overall a great example of this classic snare drum for That Great Gretsch Sound.

More information on this classic vintage snare drum at Nick Hopkin Drums, along with lots of other vintage & classic snare drums.

Snare of the day

Gretsch 4157 Midnight Blue Pearl

This stunning 1960’s Gretsch Name Band snare drum, model 4157 arrived at the shop a couple weeks ago and has been making visitors drool. This 14 x 5″ wood shell is finished in a lovely Midnight Blue Pearl wrap which is in excellent condition.


This Round Badge era 1960’s drum features all original hardware – tone control muffler, micro-sensitive strainer,┬ádrum key holder and key. Original die cast hoop and tension rods complete it.

Fitted with Aquarian heads and Puresound wires, the drum tunes up easily and sounds great. That Great Gretsch Sound.

Available at Nick Hopkin Drums with Worldwide shipping.