Noble and Cooley has made three separate and distinct metal snare drums. The original limited edition Zildjian Alloy Snare was the brainchild of Noble & Cooley and the Zildjian Cymbal Co. Built using the secret Zildjian alloy materials, it has become one of the most prized drums in the collector’s market. Since metal snare drums have been popular with drummers for decades, we realized the demand for the drum meant it was time to add an in-house “Alloy Classic” to our line of high-end snare drums. Made of cast aluminum, and one of our most highly regarded products, this versatile drum is owned and used regularly by some of the biggest names in the drum world. As of 2019, we now offer the Copper Classic in 6 and 8 inch depths for drummers looking for a dryer tone with a sharp attack.
SIZE & COLOR
The Alloy Classic shell is available in 14" diameter and comes in your choice of 4.75" or 6" deep. The 14" drum is available in black or "raw" finishes.
The Alloy Classic shell is machined after casting. The bearing edge and shell dimensions are kept to a tight tolerance, while lathing and CNC machining produce a drum of incredible consistency.
The Alloy Classic is built of cast aluminum, as opposed to rolled sheet metal, or sliced from tubing. This process gives the drum a porous shell, resulting in denser sound. By tuning the heads high, the drum still maintains the "crack" or "pop" of a metal drum, while looser tunings give way to the warmness more commonly associated with a wood shell.
The Alloy Classic uses the famous N&C brass throw-off and patented cam action snares.
The lugs are low-mass brass tube style lugs, and the rims are triple flanged with die cast as an option. The hardware is either chrome or black chrome.