The importance of drum hardware can sometimes be forgotten. Drums are the main thing, so we’re obviously going to put most of the focus on them.
However, hardware is like the skeleton that holds the drums together. It’s the foundation of the house.
The most important piece of hardware is arguably going to be the snare drum stand, since the snare drum is the drum that gets played the most.
So, it’s important that you have a decent snare stand. Here is a list of my favorite ones.
5 Best Snare Stands for Every Drummer
1. Pearl S930
If you’ve read my other lists on this website, you’d know that I am one of the biggest fans of Pearl’s hardware. It’s strong, sturdy and always built like a tank. The S930 is a double-braced snare stand that is sturdy, silent and very adjustable.
Its Uni-lock tilt system allows you to tilt the snare basket at just the right angle to get in some really good rimshots.
It has rubber isolators that are built into the snare basket clamps that allow a full tone to be produced by the snare drum, since the clamps won’t be muffling some of the tone.
The one downside of this stand is that the basket clamps don’t open wide enough for a 14” snare that has wood hoops. The wood hoops make the snare a bit wider than 14”. A 13” snare with wood hoops would fit, but most snares are generally 14”.
2. DW 5300
DW make some seriously high quality drum kits. They can be very expensive though. They design their hardware with the same quality, with the hardware being a bit more affordable.
It’s very common to see drummers use DW hardware with a drum kit from another brand, and I’ve seen that being the case with the DW 5300.
It’s a rock solid snare stand that is very heavy, supportive and easy to adjust once you spend a few minutes playing with all the wing-turns and adjustment settings.
This snare stand works just as well as DW’s 9000 series, but at a cheaper price. It’s still quite expensive compared to other snare stands though. However, the high quality design is well worth the investment.
It takes a while to set up, so it may not be the best option for frequent gigging. This stand works really well as a home studio stand that will stay there for a long time and solidly support your snare drum.
3. Tama HS80W
The HS80W is part of Tama’s RoadPro series of hardware. It’s designed to be a general all-purpose snare stand that is affordable.
It can fit snares that are 12” to 15”, meaning the snare basket arms will comfortably fit snares that have wooden hoops. Not all snare stands can do this, which is why I’ve added the HS80W to the list.
It has Tama’s Quick-Set Tilter which offers all the positioning angles you can think of, without sacrificing any stability.
Theres isn’t anything too fancy about the Tama HS80W. It’s a solid snare stand that will get the job done. I have one that I’ve used to play gigs with and record in the studio and it has never let me down.
The Yamaha SS-950 is one of the highest quality pieces of hardware that Yamaha has to offer. It’s a double-braced snare stand that has a ball and socket tilter.
The ball and socket tilter is the best feature of this stand. It allows you to angle the snare in any position you want without having to move the legs around. This is a great innovation from Yamaha and is not commonly seen in snare stands.
The double-braced legs have big rubber feet with adjustable spikes, meaning this snare stand is not going to move no matter how hard you play.
The Yamaha SS-950 is undoubtedly one of the best snare stands you can get, meaning it’s quite pricey. It’s highly worth the money, though!
5. PDP PDSS800
PDP hardware is designed by the same manufacturers as DW. PDP is aimed at the casual everyday drummers, rather than the elite pros that can afford DW’s products. With that being said, the PDSS800 snare stand is still a high quality product that definitely belongs on this list.
It is a double-braced snare stand that has oversized rubber feet that keep it in place. It’s very sturdy, but quite light in weight. This makes it a really good option for frequent gigging. It’s easy to carry around, yet feels very solid on stage.
It works really well for mounting rack toms. So, if you want that classic John Bonham setup, this snare stand will work as a tom stand too.
The one downside is that the rubber parts of the snare basket clamps feel more like plastic.
Importance of Snare Stands
You can’t have a drum kit without a snare stand. With the snare being your main drum, the snare stand will be your main piece of hardware. A lot of modern drummers have started using more than one snare, so such a drum kit setup may need multiple snare stands.
It’s a good idea to have multiple snare stands in case you need to use them. You could use a portable one for gigging and then have one for your practice space that is heavy and solid.
Single vs Double Braced
The terms “single-braced” and “double-braced” refer to the legs of hardware. Single-braced stands will have one piece of metal and double-braced will have two.
Single-braced stands are lighter, and as a result not as sturdy. Double-braced stands are sturdier and heavier.
When deciding on a stand to get, it’s important to take into factor what you’re going to use it for and where. If you’re going to gig a lot and carry around hardware, it may be better to get a single-braced stand that is lighter. In all other situations, it’s better to get a double-braced stand.
There is absolutely nothing worse than having a wobbly snare stand. I’ve played a few gigs where the snare was all over the place due to the terrible stand that it was held by. It throws you off.
You’re going to need a solid foundation for your snare drum so that you feel very comfortable when playing. If you’re comfortable, you’re going to play better.
It is also a good idea to have a snare stand that is light and easy to travel with. This will make gigging a lot easier when it comes to carrying around equipment.
Get yourself a decent snare stand. Your snare drum will thank you for it.