A blended shell comprised of 2-ply North American birch and 2-ply North American maple, beech support rings and a 3mm undersized tom diameter. The Elite’s new thin shell construction, at 4.8mm thick, relays every nuance of your live performance.


Redefined in Premier’s centennial year, the all-new Elite shell formula is the result of an extensive period of research and development. Working closely with producers, engineers and drummers, various shell thicknesses and ply combinations were experimented with. The aim, to discover a blend that produced the best sound for live situations and studio recording.

The result is a build that takes its inspiration from Premier’s revered thin shell design legacy. A 4-ply, 4.8mm construction with traditional 1” beech support rings that preserve roundness and stabilise the shell further. The plies are blended in equal measure of premium North American birch and maple – a nod towards the Gen-X hybrid shell technology pioneered by Premier.

Elite’s combination of thin construction and blended ply ensure its shells deliver a full-bodied tone with transparent high and low boosts that add weight and presence, making them instantly suited to all musical styles, whilst most importantly, still retaining their respective natural tonal qualities.

Furthermore, the 3mm undersize tom diameter, another unique Premier feature, allows the drumhead to sit flatter over the 45-degree precision-cut bearing edge, ensuring an easier tuning experience and extending the resultant tone and sustain.

Designed and engineered for optimal performance, every feature on Elite has a unique purpose to enhance player experience. Stylish, deep chrome Elite tension lugs allow for maximum shell resonance whilst the low-profile ISO mounting system further improves the natural timbre on all rack toms. Any undesirable overtones are greatly reduced by the 2.3mm triple-flange steel hoops that help to focus the shell’s natural sound.

Available in choice of four shell packs, and with a wide range of add-on drum sizes on offer, the perfect kit for any professional drummer is right here, just waiting to be discovered. Three 14″ snare models adapt comfortably to any playing playing situation, each fitted with brass wires that deliver a much brighter, warmer tone compared to their steel counterparts.

The importance of Elite finishes extends way beyond aesthetics. Each offering has its own unique benefits.

For touring drummers who spend their time on the road, the durable nature of high gloss lacquer and sparkle lacquer finishes ensure Elite drums can stand the rigours of extensive use night after night, all whilst offering a breath-taking reaction to stage and venue lighting.

Players who spend more time undertaking session work in the studio will be drawn to the satin finishes. Their un-lacquered application offers the purest tone for the ultimate, unrestricted wood shell experience.

Elite, Premier’s flagship acoustic drum kit for over 20 years, offers a complete high-level specification that is perfect for professional drummers who seek the very best in quality and sound performance.