British Drum Co. Merlin 14 x 6.5″ Snare Drum



Embrace your dark side… The Merlin was one of British Drum Co.’s earliest successes. Critically acclaimed by artists and press alike, the Merlin received a rare 5 star review in Rhythm Magazine. Just like it’s namesake the Merlin Rolls Royce Aviation Engine this snare drum is designed to deliver in all situations and to perform precisely when it matters. Crafted from 20 ply Maple & Birch the Merlin produces a sound that combines both the warmth of maple and the attack of birch. Each shell is then finished with a black tulip veneer and detailed with a classic looking double pinstripe.

Capable of a wide tuning range, you can tune down for that classic dry funk sound or crank it for a bright and clear attack. Boasting incredible sensitivity the Merlin will respond to even the most subtle of ghost note.

  • 14″ x 6.5″
  • Maple and birch, 10.5 mm, 20 ply
  • Bearing edges: Hand cut, 45-degree
  • Snare beds: Hand cut, 1.8 mm deep
  • Batter hoop: Triple flange, 2.3 mm
  • Snare hoop: Triple flange, 2.3 mm
  • Lugs:10 Diamond chrome-plated Palladium snare lugs
  • Batter head: Remo coated Ambassador
  • Resonate head: Remo Hazy snare
  • Snare strainer: BDC Smooth action strainer
  • Feature: Nyloc lug inserts to prevent de-tuning
  • Finish: Black Tulip Veneer with a double pinstripe detailing.

This drum is also available with a 5.5″ depth

Handmade In The UK

Hand made with love right here in the U.K. the Merlin is a top range snare drum by every measure. The highest quality Scandinavian birch combined with maple and all brought together in British Drum Co.’s own factory where a small team of drum lovers work tirelessly to create these instruments. You can’t get a drum like this off of a production line.

Attention To Detail

British Drum Co.’s attention to detail is at the centre of their reputation. Touches such as Threadgrip Technology which works using a deliberately undersized plastic retainer inside the lug allows the tension rod to bite into the plastic providing a tighter grip which means that your drum is going to hold it’s tuning for far longer in almost any condition. A less technical and more aesthetic touch are the laser engraved cherry veneer washers and interior plates used on all British Drum Co. snares, ensuring they are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.

Bespoke Features

Palladium hardware is another stand out feature on British Drum Co snares. Art deco inspired design and made from chrome plated palladium the strainer and lugs on this drum are as rugged and durable as they are beautiful. Gold plated tension rods make this snare look like the king of snares a title it can certainly contend for.


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Availability: Available to order

Estimated delivery by 03/09/2022

SKU: MER-1465-SN
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