What a stunning snare drum.


Nicko McBrain demands the very best. Working closely with the British Drum Co. team, Nicko’s non-compromise approach dictated that only the highest standards would make the grade for Icarus.


Handbuilt in the UK using the British Drum Co.’s unique cold-press moulding process, Icarus is a 14” x 6.5” 10ply shell, crafted from Black Oak and finished in a spectacular Black Fishtail Oak veneer, creating a very special appearance reminiscent of a hand-hammered shell - but made from Oak! It really has to be seen to be appreciated.


Icarus sounds natural, deep and warm but with a bright presence under higher tension. Designed to powerfully cut through the high volume of rock and metal, Icarus responds equally well to softer, quieter playing, allowing the tonal qualities of the oak to shine through in any musical sitiation.


Nicko wouldn’t put his name to just any snare drum. Now you too can get your hands on Icarus, the wood shell snare drum that Nicko has always dreamed about.

14” x 6.5” • 10-ply Black Oak shell with Black Fishtail Oak outer veneer • 45º bearing edges


42 strand snare wires • Remo USA heads • 2.3mm triple flange hoops


Palladium lugs • BDC logo badge • Palladium strainer



"What a stunning snare drum!

I'm so proud to be able to put my name to this amazing instrument. The black fishtail oak finish is absolutely stunning and the attention to detail on the inside - the Buckingham Scarlett re-rings, the name washers, together with the fantastic Icarus branded vent badge make this snare drum an absolute beauty!

And what about the sound? Well, it's rich and warm with a serious punch that cuts through in any situation. Icarus sounds amazing, both acoustically and when miked up.

I'm so pleased with my Icarus signature snare drum. I've waited a long time for this and boy am I happy with the result. Get your hands on Icarus and I'm sure you'll understand what I'm talking about!"



Every British Drum Co. Icarus 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.