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Launched in January 2013 at the NAMM Show, the limited edition Nicko McBrain 'Aces High' snare drum is a stunning work of art. The 'Aces High' snare drum is inspired by the song of the same name that recalls the skill and bravery of fighter pilots during World War II.

Handcrafted in Premier's manufacturing facility in England, the 'Aces High' consists of a 14" x 5.5" shell which is 10mm thick and constructed from 17 plies of sycamore. The outer ply features a stunning handmade-inlay from dyed sycamore and cherry to recreate the camouflage of a Supermarine Spitfire. 

This intricate marquetry also incorporates a Royal Air Force target, a red, white and blue tail fin ensign and carries the LZ symbol of the Royal Air Force Squadron 66 who flew Mk6 Supermarine Spitfires. The inner ply is finished in a sky blue sycamore to represent the underside of the Spitfire.

The snare drum is fitted with Premier's Spitfire chrome plated solid brass tube lugs, themed on the front nose of the Spitfire to complement the shells unique markings.

Like the Spitfire Series within the British Collection, the 'Aces High' also includes 2.3mm chrome plated triple-flange steel hoops, a 0610 quick release heavy-duty snare strainer and internal aero-dynamic isolation washers.

The drum also features two touches inspired by Nicko: a Remo Emperor X coated batter head and 42 strand snare wire.

Limited to a production run of 100 snare drums only, each one will be personally hand-signed by Nicko.


  • NM1455ACE
    14" x 5.5" Aces High Snare Drum


  • Handcrafted in England by Premier
  • 14" x 5.5" shell
  • 10mm thick, 17-ply sycamore shell
  • Stunning outer ply; handmade from dyed sycamore and cherry
  • 2.3mm triple-flange steel hoops
  • 42 strand snare wire
  • 0610 snare strainer and butt plate
  • Remo Emperor X coated batter head with clear Ambassador Hazy bottom head
  • Chrome plated, solid brass tube lugs
  • Nicko McBrain signature plate
  • Limited edition run of 100 models only

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