CMSX Snare Drums


CMSX Snare Drums



CMSX Snare Drums

The CMSX snare drum offers many of the same features of the FFX Series snares. This includes the legendary free-floating shell technology with an aluminum edge ring that relieves all better head tension from the 6-ply Poplar/Kapur shell. A direct descendent of the Championship Series, you could say competition is in its blood.


CMSX Snare Drum

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Pearl CMSX Snare drums are available in two lightweight sizes:

14"x12" (13.9 lbs)

13"x11" (12.9 lbs)


Stocked in two classic finishes;

#33 Pure White

#46 Midnight Black


6 ply Poplar/Kapur Shells

Competitor CMSX 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, CMSX drums feature reduced weight while still providing a crisp, projecting sound.

SST Formed Shells

Pearl CMSX 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.

2.3mm SuperHoop II Rims

Pearl's SuperHoop II Rims provide outstanding durability for ears 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, CMSX snare drums provide a crisp and powerful snap

Fine Tuning Gut Mechanism

Allowing for the smallest of adjustments to the gut assembly

MX and CX Carrier Compatible

Pearl CMSX Snare Drums are compatible with both MX T-Frame and CX Air Frame Carriers


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

Model Number Dimensions Weight
CMSX1412/C 14”x12” CMSX Snare Drum 13.9 lbs
CMSX1311/C 13”x11” CMSX Snare Drum 12.9 lbs