Snare of the day

Noble & Cooley 7″

OK, so we’re on a Noble & Cooley trip here this week, but can you blame us? Featured today is a solid maple shell 14 x 7″……


This stunning Noble & Cooley drum is available at our shop, brand new in the bag, only played a couple times in store. It features a 14 x 7″ Solid maple shell in a cherry finish, fitted with the classic Noble & Cooley hardware that they believe enhances the sound of the drum. The snare throw is so smooth and allows for unlimited tweaking to get the snares ‘just right’.

And this drum sounds amazing! Just Wow! If you’re looking for a solid shell snare drum with modern hardware, rather than something vintage that may not be so road-worthy, then this is the drum for you. It just sounds awesome right across the tuning range, with great sensitivity.

An older gentleman visited the shop yesterday and played some jazz grooves on it and said ‘wow, what’s this snare’? I laid into it a little, playing some rock grooves with a rim shot and it sounded sublime. So versatile and so lovely.

More information on the website. We also have Noble & Cooley snares available in 4″ and 5″.


Snare of the day

Noble & Cooley solid shell

Our featured snare drum to kick off the week is this stunning Noble & Cooley solid maple shell….


One of the last drum manufacturers in the USA making solid shell drums, this 14×4″ snare drum is a real classic. Favoured by many players in the studio, this drum has a great crack to it, yet has the body and depth you’d expect from a solid maple shell. Sensitivity right across the head at all tuning, and a focused sound due to the die cast hoops.

Several name players, producers and studio owners rate these drums in their top 5 for studio use. I believe Phil Collins used a 4″ Noble & Cooley snare drum on most of his classic tracks. More info on this drum on our website.

Snare of the day

Noble & Cooley Solid Maple 4″

Today’s snare drum choice isn’t yet vintage but is certainly a classic. Ask any seasoned studio player or producer to name their top 5 snare drums and you’ll find a Noble & Cooley in the list.

This is a 14 x 4″ solid maple shell in great condition, barely used (unfortunately, its previous owner passed away). Fitted with original hardware and snare wires, alongside new Aquarian heads. The drum tunes up easily and instantly sounds great. Not much more to say on this one, other than its very very nice!

This drum is available at Nick Hopkin Drums with Worldwide shipping.