CMS Snare Drums


CMS Snare Drums



CMS Snare Drums

Pearl's CMS Snare Drum features 6-ply Poplar/Kapur shell construction paired with chrome-plated tension castings for even tuning at extreme tensions.  As the lightest high tension drum on the market, CMS snare drums are perfect for all programs where a smaller, more agile instrument is needed.  A lever action strainer system allows for quick toggling of the snare guts from on to off. CMS Snare Drums are available in both a 14" and 13" diameter model, making them a great fit for your ensemble.


CMS Snare Drum

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Pearl Competitor Series CMS Snare Drums are available in three sizes:





CMS Snare are stock in two classic finishes:

#33 Pure White

#46 Midnight Black


6 ply Poplar/Kapur Shells

Competitor CMS Snare Drum shells feature 6-ply Poplar/Kapur shells crafted by Pearl’s Superior Shell Technology.  The wood combination produces excellent response in mid to low registers, as well as the high frequency snap you need for snare drums.  Competitor drums bring together traditional materials and legendary Pearl craftsmanship to create a light, mobile, and affordable high-tension drum.

Competitor Snare Drums feature 45-degree cut bearing edges.

Lightweight Design

Designed to be lightweight and agile, CMS drums feature reduced weight while still providing a crisp, projecting sound.

SST Formed Shells

Pearl CMS Snares are manufactured with Pearl’s Superior Shell Technology which 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.

1.6mm Steel Rims

Pearl's 1.6mm Steel Rims provide outstanding durability for years of playing without warping or rust.

Lever Action Strainer

The CMSX's lever-action strainer provides a smooth yet secure motion, turning the snare guts on and off.  The strainer also allows for adjustment of the guts in relation to the bottom head.

Aluminum Alloy Hardware

Constructed of Aluminum Alloy, the tension casings and lugs are built to endure seasons of use at modern high-tension tuning.

12-strand Gut Assembly

Featuring a 12-strand gut assembly, CMS snare drums provide a crisp and powerful snap

Fine Tuning Gut Mechanism

Allowing for the smallest of adjustments to the gut assembly

MX T-Frame Carrier Compatible

Pearl CMS Snare Drums are compatible with MX T-Frame Carriers.


The Competitor Series Snare Drum is available in two sizes to meet your needs:

Model Number Description Weight
CMS1412/C 14"x12" Competitor Series CMS Snare Drum 11.8 lbs
CMS1311/C 13"x11" Competitor Series CMS Snare Drum
CMS1309/C 13"x9" Competitor Series CMS Snare Drum 9.7 lbs