Critically acclaimed by players and pundits alike, the Merlin’s reputation is  assured, with commendations from The Music Industry Association and an impressive 5-star review in Rhythm Magazine.


If you are looking for a snare drum that you can be certain will deliver the goods in all musical situations, then the Merlin is the snare drum for you.


Like the world-class Rolls Royce aviation engine which inspired it, the Merlin excels in delivering outstanding performance precisely when it matters. When the occasion demands, Merlin will not let you down.


This beautiful instrument is handcrafted utilising a 20ply shell of alternating vertical and horizontal veneers - maple for focus and warmth, and birch for brightness and projection. The shell is then precision finished using a black tulip veneer and detailed with a stylish inlaid double pinstripe of maple. The Merlin is available in four options - 14” x 5.5”, 14” x 6.5” , 13" x 5.5" and 13" x 6.5" - each with its own characteristic voice offering a wide variety of sonic possibilities.

The Merlin willingly reveals its musical versatility when you start to play. The responsiveness is uncompromising however you tension the heads. Tune down for rich, warm resonance to create that classic dry, funkier sound, or tighten up the tension for a bright, clear attack. From both extremes, and with everything in between, Merlin allows you to hear and feel every subtlety of your playing.

14” x 5.5”, 14” x 6.5”, 13" x 5.5" and 13" x 6.5" • Remo USA heads • 2.3 mm triple flange hoops • 45º bearing edges


20ply, 10.5mm thick Maple and Birch shell • Palladium lugs • Gold logo badge 


Palladium strainer • Brass snare wires




Every British Drum Co. Merlin snare drum is fitted with our stunning Palladium hardware.

Click here to find out more about how British Drum Co. drums look amazing with Palladium.


Cold-press moulding, utilised in the Merlin snare drum, is the key to the British Drum Co. signature sound. Click here to discover the unique way that British Drum Co. builds our amazing drum shells.