Philharmonic Pancake Snare

Concert Snare Drums

Philharmonic Pancake Snare


Concert Snare Drums

Philharmonic Pancake Snare

The PHP1325/C Philharmonic Pancake Snare adds a new range of ultra-quiet response and crystal clear tone to Pearl Philharmonic: The #1 Name in Concert Drums.


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” x 2.5“ 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” x 2.5” 8 even-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.


Philharmonic Pancake Snare

Model Number



8 Even-Ply 7.2mm 100% Maple


Piccolo Triad 


S-1325 Guitar wire wrap-around


Single Point


Stainless Steel w/Claw


Single Flange


#405 Nicotine White Marine Pearl


Remo M5 Coated


Model Number Dimensions Shell Type Snare Assembly (Left Middle Right) Hoops
PHP1325/C 13" x 2.5" 8 Even-Ply L=S1325 M=S1325 R=S1325 Single Flanged w/ claw hooks


8 Even-Ply Maple Shell

8 even-ply 7.2mm 100% Maple Shells are the ideal choice for a concert snare drum due to its strength and stability, range of frequency response, and warmth in sound quality.

Piccolo 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.

Single Point Classic Lug

New Single Point Classic lugs were created to accommodate the 2.5” shell depth with a reasonable tuning xrange on the heads.

S-1325 Guitar Wire Snares

3 thin wire S1325 snare assemblies give players unprecedented whisper-quiet dynamic sensitivity, while still having a full-bodied tone in mezzo-forte passages.