NAMM 2013: Close up with Nicko McBrain and Premier's One Series snares

29th Jan 2013 | 15:38

NAMM 2013: Close up with Nicko McBrain and Premier's One Series snares
Nicko McBrain's Sicko snare
The man himself gives it a play

Premier announced two new Nicko McBrain snare drums at NAMM 2013 (check out the full spec at the link). We were lucky enough to get a full rundown from Nicko himself and chief Premier drum builder Keith Keough (Keith's on the right, in case you were wondering).

NAMM 2013: Close up with Nicko McBrain and Premier's One Series snares
Understated...
and loud!

The sycamore snare features classy, understated looks. The only thing relating it to Nicko McBrain is the small badge bearing his autograph.

It's not until you take a stick to it that you hear Nicko's signature crack and ear-splitting volume, but it's nice and sensitive too.

NAMM 2013: Close up with Nicko McBrain and Premier's One Series snares
Second Nicko snare
but this one will be a limited run

Premier also showed us a limited edition Nicko snare in the form of this Spitfire-esque snare, the Aces High. Only 100 will be made, so best act fast if you want one!

NAMM 2013: Close up with Nicko McBrain and Premier's One Series snares
The One Series continues to grow
One-off snares set to dazzle

Recently launched, Premier's One Series is a range of one-off, hand made in England snare drums. These drums are truly works of art and Premier had plenty more to show off at the show.

There are kits in the offing too.

NAMM 2013: Close up with Nicko McBrain and Premier's One Series snares
Drum porn alert

One of our favourites of the drums on show.

NAMM 2013: Close up with Nicko McBrain and Premier's One Series snares
And another!
We could keep going...
NAMM 2013: Close up with Nicko McBrain and Premier's One Series snares
HR Series kit
More British-made goodness

Following on from the first British-made snares launched last year, Premier have started making complete kits on British soil too.

First we had the Spitfire kit (the first of which we gave away back in November 2012). Here is the HR (or Heavy Rock) kit, based on the snare drum of the same name. Birch shells, nickel-plated solid steel tube lugs, and oak outer veneer ply with ebony satin oil finish make this one good-looking drum kit.

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