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Championship Maple FFXM Snare

No other Snare drum has changed the face of marching competition like the FFX Championship Series. Used by today's top DCI corps, these drums have won more than their share of High Percussion Awards. The combination of 6 plies of 100% Maple free-floating in a super lightweight aircraft aluminum frame creates a force to be reckoned with.


FFX Snare
Totally Free floating lugs, mounting bracket, and strainer
  • Unrestricted resonance and optimum projection
100% Maple shell
  • For strength, projection, and richness of sound
Aluminum alloy edge ring and rims
  • Designed to easily withstand today's super high tensioning.
6 acoustically located air vents
  • Enhanced volume, snare sensitivity, and relieve drum pressure for unparalleled stick response
FFXM1311 at 13.5 pounds and FFXM1412 at 14.5 pounds
  • Innovations have made the FFX Snares over 2 lbs. lighter making these drums suitable for all ages and sizes
  • 3 year warranty on shell. The best in the industry


The Championship Maple Snare shell’s natural balance of mid to high frequencies brings the FFX the voice that set the industry standard and changed the face of corps competition. Pearl’s Superior Shell Technology is used to make a 6-ply, free floating shell out of maple, the drum industry’s premium for dynamic range, sensitivity, and unsurpassed projection. Because of the maple shell’s strength and reliability, your corps or band can compete in all climate conditions.

The FFX Aluminum Frame supports an aluminum alloy edge ring, providing you with a top bearing edge that can take all of the pressure necessary for today’s high tension heads. 2-ply reinforcement rings and a 45 degree bottom bearing edge provide shell stability and shape integrity while focusing the drum’s maximum sensitivity and volume.

PBDL Shell


Pearl’s Superior Shell Technology utilizes a proprietary technique for achieving the ultimate air chamber. It begins with select woods chosen for their unique acoustic attributes, milled to precise thickness with overlapping scarf joint seams, for a perfect air-tight fit. The wood plies are saturated with Pearl’s proprietary “AcoustiGlue” that permeates every pore and dries to the exact consistency of the wood for optimum resonance. Finally, the plies are formed in high-temperature molds with 1000 PSI of hydraulic pressure to produce perfect drum shells that exhibit superior tone, optimal resonance and extreme strength.


The Championship Maple Series FFX Snare is available in three sizes to meet your needs:

DimensionsModel Number
14”x12” FFXM1412
13”x11” FFXM1311

Available in covered, FFXM, and lacquered, FFXML finishes.

FFXM1412A33 14x12

FFXM1311A33 13x11


Stardard wrap finishes: #33 Pure White and #46 Midnight Black
Standard lacquer finish: #360 Silver Sparkle Lacquer

The NEW Varsity Lacquer Series for Pearl Championship Marching drums makes showing your school spirit fast and easy!

The Varsity series kicks off the 2015 season with 8 vibrant high gloss lacquer finishes in the standard scholastic color palette for all Pearl Championship Lacquer series drums. Choose your school color and pick from Fade Top, Fade Bottom, Burst, and Spiral styles that best fit your school’s spirit.

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See All Special Order Covered & Lacquered Finishes



CX AIRFRAME Snare Carrier CXS-1


The CX AIRFRAME Carriers feature a solid rod, form-fitting upper shoulder frame attached to a thin aluminum belly plate with extreme range of motion. The ACS (Agility Control System) Belt unites the player to their instrument for optimal stability in today’s modern use of body movement. The shoulder and belly pads are removable for cleaning and are built with a “Stealth” design; the Carriers practically disappear under the uniform.

Cases & Accessories


MSS3000 Snare Stand

The MSS3000 Marching Snare Stand has a height/range adjustable double-braced front leg and a stability arm for stable playing surface.


Snare Cases

Pearl Marching Cases are rotationally molded for outstanding durability. Recommended case for FFX Snare Drums:

  • PD-1412 for both 13” and 14” Snare Drums


Snare Covers

Pearl Drum Covers protect your investment from the wear and tear of the season.

  • MDCG13 for 13” Snare Drums
  • MDCG14 for 14" Snare Drums


  • MUH-10 clamps to the FFX Edge Ring for cymbals
Mount Cowbell
  • MUH-20 clamps to the FFX Tension Posts and accepts any accessory mounted on a 3/8” post



Pearl Sound Projectors attach to the bottom of marching snare drums via hook and loop fastener to improve forward projection.

  • SP-2 for 13” snare drums, White with Black Pearl logo
  • SP-2B for 13” snare drums, Black with White Pearl logo
  • SP-1 for 14" snare drums, White with Black Pearl logo
  • SP-1B for 14" snare drums, Black with White Pearl logo

Stick Bags

Stick Bag

The MSB-1 and MSB-2 stick holders securely attaches to any marching drum with hook and loop straps.

Stick Bag

MSB-2 stick holder, allows for holding two separated sets of implements.

Warranty & Schematics


Pearl drums, hardware, accessories and percussion instruments are designed and manufactured to provide the highest standards in quality, style, appearance and playing performance.  Pearl takes pride in its products and takes great care to utilize the best materials and the highest standard of craftsmanship in their manufacture.


General:  Pearl drums, stands, pedals, parts and accessories except as noted herein, purchased from an authorized Pearl dealer are warranted to the original retail purchase and shall be valid by item as indicated below and is not transferable. 

Shells (Marching):  Wood marching shells are guaranteed against material failure or going out of round for a period of three (3) years from the date of the original purchase.

Drum Hardware (Marching):  Drum hardware such as lugs, claws, tension rods, swivel nuts, strainers, and nuts and bolts are guaranteed against material failure and manufacturing defects for a period of one (1) year from the date of the original purchase.

Hoops:  Wood hoops are guaranteed against material failure, ply separation, or going out of round for a period of one (1) year from the date of the original purchase. Metal hoops are guaranteed against material failure or going out of round for a period of one (1) year from the date of the original purchase.

Finish:  Except for “special finishes" (see below), both the lacquer finish and covered finish on Pearl drums are guaranteed for one (1) year; however, Pearl does not guarantee against deterioration by reason of corrosive atmosphere, extreme temperature or other external causes.


This Warranty Does Not Cover
This warranty shall not apply to the following: sticks, brushes, beaters, springs, straps, slings, heads, wire snares, cable snares, gut snares, snare cords/straps, cymbals, bass drum hoop protectors, or damage resulting from misuse, negligence, and/or alterations or additions to the product after acceptance.  Pearl’s warranty does not apply to failures caused by the following:  a.)  Improper maintenance or repair, including the installation of parts or components that do not conform to the quality and specification of the original.  b.)  Instruments that have been altered, modified or have been damaged through misuse, negligence or improper operation.  c.)  Instruments whose trademark, name or identification number has been changed or removed.  d.)  Instruments subjected to abnormal strain, neglect, abuse, modification or exposure to extreme variances in temperature or humidity.  e.)  Special Finishes - Drum hardware and stands ordered with Black Chrome plated, Gold plated, Satin Chrome plated, Black Nickel plated, and lacquered finishes are highly sensitive to cosmetic damage that can occur during normal handling and use.  Therefore, no warranty of any kind, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, is provided against cosmetic defects or appearance damage to these finishes. 

The obligation created by this warranty is limited to repair or replacement of the defective item at Pearl’s sole discretion.

Owner’s Responsibility
It is important that the owner/user be familiar with the proper maintenance and use of their Pearl instrument. Keep this warranty and proof of purchase in a safe place.  Be prepared to provide purchase information to avoid undue difficulties in determining eligibility for warranty protection. If any service is not performed by Pearl, it will terminate this warranty.

To Obtain Warranty Service
Warranty service may be obtained by first notifying the Pearl dealer from which the product was originally purchased.  Upon notification, the Pearl dealer must obtain Return Authorization from the Pearl Customer Service Department.  This number must be written plainly on the outside of the package or the returned shipping carton will be refused.  Returned merchandise must be accompanied by a copy of the original sales receipt.  All freight and insurance must be prepaid by the original owner.  Pearl will stand return freight, provided the defect is adjudged to be covered by warranty.  Merchandise found to be not covered by warranty will be returned freight collect.

Warranty Limitations
This Limited Warranty is exclusive and made in lieu of all other warranties, and all implied warranties, including without limitation any warranties of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose which are hereby expressly disclaimed. In no event will responsibility be accepted for incidental or consequential damages of any nature whatsoever. Some states do not allow limitation on how long an implied warranty may last. Therefore, the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to stat