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Pearl Philharmonic PHP-1325 13 x 2.5" Ply Maple "Pancake" Snare Drum

Brand: Pearl


MSRP: $1,114.50

Item: #217102
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The new Pearl Philharmonic PHP-1325C405 13 x 2.5" Ply Maple "Pancake" Snare Drum adds a new range of ultra-quiet response and clear snare tone to the Philharmonic line. This drum features an 8 EvenPly, 100% Ply Maple shell that has maximum sensitivity in a small package.

Contemporary repertoire demands and performance environments push innovation in instruments design at Pearl. Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra collaborated with Pearl designers to create the new 13x2.5” Philharmonic “Pancake” snare drum to meet the growing demand for a solo and audition drum that could be “whisper quiet” and professional grade for year 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 13x2.5 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 created the signature Pearl out-of-the performance quality.


  • 13 x 2.5” Maple Ply Shell
  • C405 Nicotine White Marine Wrap Finish
  • Single Point Lug System
  • New Music Wire Snare Assemblies
  • New Modified Philharmonic Triad Snare throw system
  • Designed in collaboration with Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra


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Posted on May 13, 2013

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