Noble & Cooley Solid Shell Classic Sassafras 6" x 14" Snare

$ 1,110.00

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This is a 6" (depth) x 14" (diameter) drum featuring a sassafras shell, brass hardware, chrome rims, and Cam Action wires.  It's #8 of a limited run of 15 pieces  Here's what Noble & Cooley says about this model:

That’s right. One of our logging partners offered a sassafras tree to us last fall, and of course, we jumped on the opportunity to turn it into drums.

Native to North America, sassafras is a durable and beautiful wood that has traditionally been used in shipbuilding and furniture-making, as well as a key ingredient in tonics and root beer. It’s been said that it can cure all human ailments. And while our lawyers won’t let us legally stand behind that, we can boast that it has the potential to bring instant joy to drummers everywhere. While the wood grain represents that of an oak or ash, the sound is somewhere between an ash and a tulip. It’s a softer wood that produces a dry, forgiving and fat tone that works well at a variety of tuning ranges, with a ring that doesn’t become overbearing even when tuned high.

To give you a constant reminder of this unique wood variety, the inside of each drum has been dabbed with root beer oil to create a lasting scent. Yes, you read that correctly. These drums smell like root beer! And to sweeten the pot even further (see what we did there?!), each drum comes with four bottles of old-fashioned artesian N&C root beer, bottled right here in Western Massachusetts.

This run is a limited batch, so it’s first come, first serve, limit of one per dealer. There are 15 total, 3 of each of these sizes at 14” diameter – Piccolo, 5”, 6”, 7”, 8”

The inside of each drum will be signed by Nick Jones, hand numbered 1 through 15.


Striking a perfect combination of elegance and resonance, our SS Classic snare drum is a tried and true go-to for artists everywhere. As Noble & Cooley’s first product in the professional drum arena, the SS Classic solidified our reputation as the leading manufacturer and original maker of The World’s Best Drums. These snare drums were the first steam-bent, solid shell drums of the modern era. They have been used on countless recordings since their introduction in the early 1980s and continue to be the instruments of choice by professional players today.  


1/4" solid rock maple (or other domestic hardwood) is hand-picked for grain consistency and run through a steam bending process dating back to the Civil War. Our single ply shells vibrate more freely than the multi-ply shells commonly used, giving our SS classic its warmth and legendary bite. 


Our snare system includes the snares, the throw-off, and the snare beds, and comes with Noble & Cooley patented cam action snare wires designed to allow tight tensioning without choking the bottom. These vibrate beautifully at medium and loose tensions, and can be tuned up or down as needed. Our brass throw-off is smooth and simple, allowing the snare wires to be engaged or disengaged easily.


Nodal Point technology is Noble & Cooley’s very own patent. By placing the lug post at the nodal point of the shell’s natural wavelength, we ensure that the intrinsic tone-creating vibration is unaffected by the mass of the lug. Instead of all drumhead sound, the shell itself adds to the ultimate tone of the drum.


The bearing edge is the point of contact between the shell and the drumhead. The accuracy of this bearing edge determines the drums tone and tunability. Our edges are lathed to create maximum resonance and projection. True to 1/10,000th of an inch, our artfully customized drums have hand cut bearing edges that are checked twice on a machinist's grade granite flat, ensuring consistent pitch.