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Snare Drums Philharmonic Pancake Snare

PHP Philharmonic 100% Maple shells deliver the power to be heard, with a dark, full tonal response that has become the preferred sound of orchestras and artists around the world. From the lightest touch, to the thickest roll - Philharmonic Ply Maple drums are right for the job


Announcing the newest—and smallest—member of the Philharmonic snare drum line-up: the PHP1325C405 Pancake Ply Maple Snare Drum.

Contemporary repertoire demands and performance environments push innovation in instrument design at Pearl. Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra collaborated with Pearl designers to create the new 13”x2.5“ 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. In other words, 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 drums’ design: First, an extremely compact 13”x2.5” Ply Maple Shell was required that necessitated the creation of a single point lug system. Next, special modifications were made to the snare mechanism allowing for the snare assemblies to be correctly positioned and tensioned against the bottom head while still maintaining the adjustability of the Philharmonic Triad Strainer. In addition, new snare assemblies were developed for this model using light gauge music wire in a proprietary graduated tensioning system that creates that signature Pearl out-of-the-box performance quality.

The PHP1325C405 adds a new range of ultra-quiet response and clear snare tone to Pearl Philharmonic: The #1 Name in Concert Drums.

Lifetime Warranty
EvenPly 8 100% Maple Shell
  • EvenPly 8 (8-Ply, 7.2mm) 100% Maple Shell is the ideal choice for a concert snare due to its Strength and stability, range of frequency response, and warmth in sound quality.
Modified Triad 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.
Guitar Wire Snares
  • 3 thin wire snare assemblies give players an unprecedented whisper-quiet dynamic sensitivity, while still having a full bodied tone in mezzo forte passages.
Single Point Lugs
  • New Single point lugs were created to accommodate the 2.5” shell depth with a reasonable tuning range on the heads.
Stainless Steel Tension Rods
  • A lifetime of hassle free use.
Single Flanged Rims
  • The most accurate tuning at higher concert range tensions.
  • #405 Nicotine White Marine Pearl
Remo Renaissance Head
  • M5 Super thin batter head appropriate for the most sensitive repertoire.

EvenPly 8 100% Maple Shell

Maple is the ideal choice for a concert snare due to its range of frequency response and warmth in sound quality.

Our exclusively manufactured 6 ply 100% Maple wood shells have a smooth even texture that remains durable under a wide range of conditions and accepts a variety of rich lustrous finishes. This highly respected acoustic wood offers a wide dynamic range and well balanced overtone response. Full bodied low frequencies, with an even balance of high and mid-tones have made this shell the all around accepted premium material in the acoustic drum industry.


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.


Model NumberDimensionsShell TypeSnare Assembly (Left Middle Right)Hoops
PHP-1325 13x2.5 EvenPly 8 Maple L=GT Wire M=GT Wire R=GT Wire Single Flanged w/ claw hooks


Snare Assemblies

Snare AssemblyDescription
GT-WIRE 13” 5 strand Guitar Wire