An icon: Reborn. Distinctive lug design, undersized and unsupported shells, and jaw-dropping lacquer finishes combine to offer unmatched sound and style.


The original Genista kits are renowned for their exceptional performance, sonic quality, and timeless look amongst drummers. The first unsupported birch shell to be produced by Premier, its classic sound is admired around the world. This, when paired with its distinctive tension lug castings, sees Premier return to one its most revered drum designs so players can fall in love with Genista all over again.

The sound of all-birch Genista Classic shells is unmistakable. Tonally, they offer fantastic weight and attack with a fast decay that can cut through any musical ensemble. The tom and snare shells are 5.6mm, 7-ply thick whilst the slightly thicker 7.2mm, 9-ply bass shell packs greater volume and punch.

Embracing the many innovations that Premier have pioneered over the years, the tom shells adopt the original Genista 6mm undersizing on their diameter. This ensures an easier, more-positive tuning experience, guaranteeing exceptional clarity and definition when played. All Genista shells are precision cut and feature a 45-degree bearing edge which helps to further increase attack, resonance and sustain for optimum sound performance.

Without question, the most distinguishable feature of the original Genista was its tension lug design. The bold castings a firm favourite for many drummers. Genista Classic returns to the larger bass lug, whilst the snare features the famed double-end lug. All castings have been retooled from the original factory drawings for maximum authenticity, performance, and aesthetic. Each lug is subsequently fitted to their respective shell using an isolating, moulded plinth to guarantee a larger than life, uncompromising tone.

The kit also features Premier’s bespoke designed brackets with integral memory locks that offer maximum stability and reliable set-up position, making them ideal for high pressure stage and studio performances. The inclusion of a low-profile ISO mounting system enhances the tonal resonance of the mounted toms, offering additional sustain whilst reinforcing the classic Genista look. This, when paired with the 2.3mm triple-flange steel hoops, helps minimise the risk of undesirable overtones for articulate tom fills.

A choice of two optional birch shell snare drums fully are also available. Whether you want the high pitched crack of the 5.5”, or the weighted resonance of the 7”, both are 14” diameter and include the original 610 snare mechanism which offers a quick release feature, allowing you to change the snare head without altering the snare setting and tension.

Every Genista Classic finish pays homage to its predecessor with a choice of impeccable stain and sparkle high-gloss lacquer finishes. At the heart of every shell proudly sits the famous “P” badge, an emblem of quality, thanks to the return of the original chrome mount badge plinth. Complete with fully-lacquered matching bass drum hoops, every Genista shell is protected with an anti-moisture internal lacquer to preserve and prolong its life in humid environments.

Available in a range of popular shell packs plus a selected range of add-ons to choose from, Genista Classic is ideal for live, studio or home drummers who seek the highly-regarded birch sound of one of Premier’s most memorable drum kits.