Medalist Pipe Snare

Pipe Band Snare Drums

Medalist Pipe Snare


Pipe Band Snare Drums

Medalist Pipe Snare

Championship Medalist Snare Drums combine the ultimate in build-quality, tunability, and appearance.  The 4-ply 100% Birch free-floating birch shells of Championship Medalist Pipe Snare Drums deliver the crack and snap that makes your tunes groove, while also providing the most expressive canvas for low-dynamic playing. Weighing in at just 13.8lbs, the Medalist is one of the lightest on the market. The weight reduction has been reached by looking into every detail of the drum, from it's 5.0mm even-ply shell, to the innovative top and bottom snare strainers featuring Pearl's Quick-Release Snare System. The top snare mechanism features a 28-strand chrome-plated carbon steel snare which is simply adjusted via a standard drum key.



Paired with the warmth of maple tenors and maple bass drums, the Championship Pipe Battery gives a fantastic sonority across the entire frequency range. Walk onto the competition field with full confidence.



Pearl Championship Pipe Drums... the chosen Instruments of Champions.


Championship Medalist Pipe Snare

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Pearl’s Championship Medalist Pipe Snare Drums are available in a 14”x12” configuration.

Polished Aluminum Hardware is standard, while Chrome hardware is available via special order.

Stock lacquer finishes include:
#109 Arctic White
#110 Sequoia Red
#122 Black Mist
#126 Emerald Mist


100% Birch Shell

Championship Medalist Snare Drums feature a 4-ply 100% Birch Shell with 2-ply reinforcement rings, providing a full-body sound perfect for traditional pipe band settings.

SST Formed Shells

Championship Medalist Pipe 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 optimal resonance. Finally, the piles 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.

45-degree Bearing Edge

Providing optimal head-to-shell contact for a sharp, articulate snare sound

Free-floating Design

The FFX Design features an unrestricted shell, free of mounting and hardware to provide optimal resonance and projection.

Lightweight Design

Weighing in at just 13.8 lbs, the Medalist Pipe Snare is one of the lightest on the market.

Aluminum Alloy Hardware

The FFX Aluminum Alloy Frame provides you with a top bearing edge that can take all of the pressure for today's high-tension requirements.

Acoustically Located Air Vents

2 acoustically located air vents enhance volume, snare sensitivity, and relieve drum pressure for unparalleled stick response.

MX and CX Carrier Compatible

Championship Medalist Pipe Snares are compatible with both MX T-Frame and CX Airframe Carriers.
MX T-frame - MXSP1
CX Airframe - CXSP1

Lacquer Finishes Available

Pearl Championship Pipe Band products are available in 4 beautiful glossy lacquer finishes:

#109 Arctic White
#110 Sequoia Red
#122 Black Mist
#126 Emerald Mist


Model Number Description Weight
FFXPMD1412/A 14”x12” Championship Medalist Pipe Snare Drum 13.8 lbs (6.3 kg)