Philharmonic Pancake

Concert Snare Drums

Philharmonic Pancake


Concert Snare Drums

Philharmonic Pancake

The PHP1325/N Philharmonic Pancake Snare adds a new range of ultra-quiet response and crystal clear tone to the Pearl Philharmonic line.


Contemporary repertoire demands and performance environments often push instrument design and innovation at Pearl. Tom Freer, of the Cleveland Orchestra, collaborated with Pearl designers to create the new 13” x 2.5“ Philharmonic Pancake snare drum to meet the growing demand for a solo and audition drum that could be “whisper-quiet” and professional-grade for years of use. Maximum sensitivity was needed in the smallest possible format.


The musical challenges presented were met with a variety of solutions affecting nearly every aspect of the drum's design. First, an extremely compact 13” x 2.5” 8-ply Maple Shell was required for whisper-quiet tone and maximum sensitivity. This unique shell design led to the creation of a new single-point lug system specifically for the Philharmonic Pancake. Next, special modifications were made to Pearl's renowned Triad Silent Strainer, allowing the snare assemblies to be correctly positioned and tensioned against the bottom head while still maintaining the adjustability of the strainer. In addition, new snare assemblies were developed using light gauge music wire in a proprietary graduated tensioning system, altogether creating that signature Pearl out-of-the-box performance quality.


Philharmonic Pancake Snare

Model Number



8-ply, 10mm Solid Maple


Piccolo Triad Silent Strainer


S-069 Guitar wire wrap-around


Single Point


Stainless Steel w/Claw


Single Flange


Remo M5 Coated


Nickel Hardware


#405 Nicotine White Marine Pearl


8-Ply Maple Shell

8-ply, 10mm 100% Maple Shells are the ideal choice for a concert snare drum due to its strength and stability, range of frequency response, and warmth in sound quality.

Piccolo Triad Silent Strainer

The specially configured piccolo version of the world-famous Philharmonic Triad Strainer provides 3 individual snare adjusters for optimal fine-tuning of each snare material. A global adjuster is used on the traditional throw side of the system for quick overall adjustments.

Single Point Classic Lugs

New Single Point Classic lugs were created to accommodate the 2.5” shell depth with a reasonable tuning range on the heads.

S-069 Guitar Wire Snares

Three thin wire S-069 snare assemblies give players unprecedented whisper-quiet dynamic sensitivity, while still having a full-bodied tone in mezzo-forte passages.

Stainless Steel

The PHP Philharmonic Pancake snare drum features Stainless Steel rods with Claw Hooks.

Remo M5 Coated

The Remo M5 Coated snare head features 1-ply of 5-mil thin film, providing enhanced warmth and articulation for the most sensitive pianissimo snare drum passages.


Configurations Dimensions Shell Type Snare Assembly (Left Middle Right) Hoops
PHP1325/N 13" x 2.5" 8-Ply Maple L=S069 M=S069 R=S069 Single Flange w/ Claw Hooks