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Product Showcase — February 2022

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Ash Soan Signature Snare Drum
Gretsch Drums has introduced the Ash Soan Signature Snare drum. The U.K.-based session drummer has been putting the prototype through its paces for some time, using it as his go-to snare on a host of recordings and Instagram videos. 

Talking about his signature snare drum Ash said, “For me a signature snare drum must encapsulate my sound, and nothing does this better than the 7 x 12-inch, Purpleheart drum. It’s unique tone, long sustain, versatility, and character makes recording a joy. Producers continually request the Purpleheart snare sound for their tracks.”

As one of the most in-demand players in the world, Ash has played on multiple platinum, Grammy-winning albums. His discography and touring credits are extensive, having worked with some of the biggest names in music today including Sam Smith, Adele, Cher, James Morrison, Dua Lipa, Rod Stewart, Seal, Robbie Williams, and Trevor Horn. In addition, Soan has recorded tracks for such mainstream films as Terminator Genisys, The Lion King, Boss Baby 2, and Kung Fu Panda.

Soan has recorded extensively with his signature snare drum at his 18th century Windmill Studio in Norfolk, England. He has used it on tracks for Julian Lennon, Jeff Lorber, Cory Wong, and Hans Zimmer.

The heart of this drum is a 9-ply Purpleheart shell finished with a clear gloss lacquer. This dense hardwood takes its name from the wood’s purple hue and delivers a distinctive tone with ample volume, attack, and definition. The drum features double 45-degree bearing edges, 4mm diecast hoops, and classic Lightning Throw-Off. Each snare includes an internal identification label, which is hand signed by Soan and specifies the year of production.

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