Della-Porta Snare Drum


Reviving traditional shell building techniques, the Della-Porta 100 limited edition takes inspiration from the Premier walnut shell snares of yesteryear. Strictly limited to a run of 100 pieces, and exclusively handmade in the UK, the Della-Porta 100 commemorates Premier’s centenary year and is the perfect addition to any prized snare collection.


Premier is commemorating its 100th anniversary with the Della-Porta 100 limited edition 14” x 5” snare drum. Exclusively handmade in the UK and limited to 100 pieces, the vintage-style snare drum honours this milestone in the history of one of the most legendary drum companies in the world.

The Della-Porta 100 features a 5mm, 4-ply walnut shell that remains faithful to the original shell building techniques. Traditionally formed by hand, the walnut plies are rolled and lapped with scarf joints, whilst 6mm, 4-ply beech support hoops ensure strength and stability. The drum’s outer consists of a single ply of figured walnut, hand finished with a protective oil, which enhances its deep grain patterns. Walnut is noted for its rich, dry tone. Resonance is short but the low-end is deep.

A vintage 30-degree round-over bearing edge allows the Calftone batter head – custom printed exclusively by Evans Drumheads – to deliver a rounder, more focused sound. With more drumhead contact to the shell, the Della-Porta 100 is punchier than other snares.

The snare system comprises a precision engineered Premier 610 snare mechanism, fitted with 20-strand Puresound snare wires. These wires provide a darker, crisp snare response and allow the qualities of the walnut shell to be more prominent in the overall sound.

Each snare is carefully hand assembled with 10 traditional tube lugs and single-flange steel hoops with mini-claw hooks. The drums are completed with a commemorative centenary badge, cast in English pewter, to herald Premier’s 100 years of drum building expertise.

A bespoke protective carrying case is included with every Della-Porta 100 snare. Collaborating with the UK’s leading case manufacturer Hardcase, it features matching centenary branding, padded inner protection and is moulded in a vintage brown finish, exclusive to Premier.

All pieces are individually numbered to the inner shell, the carrying case handle and the Certificate of Authenticity.

The Della-Porta 100 is a versatile and accomplished snare drum, proudly named in recognition of Premier’s founder, Albert Della-Porta. It is Premier’s tribute to the legacy of the family responsible for six successful decades of drum building.