British Drum Co. Aviator 14 x 6.5 Snare Drum


The first ever aluminium snare drum from the British Drum Co. Influenced by the graceful lines and gleaming metal profiles of the classic craft of aviation history, BDC developed a snare drum to inspire your playing to stratospheric heights.

Size: 14″ x 6.5″ (also available as 14″ x 5.5″)

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This stylish, elegant snare drum delivers a dry, controlled sound with a sensitive response over a wide dynamic range. Aviator inspires you to articulate your sticking from graceful ghost notes to a full-throated roaring backbeat. This drum offers you the full range of crisp, clean sounds to suit all types of playing.

Crafted from a seamless 1.2mm solid aluminium shell, Aviator looks stunning with its sophisticated anodised surface, beautifully complemented by our stylish Palladium hardware. The cool, understated aesthetic of Aviator is highlighted by the subtle inverted central bead, presenting a stunning shadow line around the shell. The cosmetic appeal of Aviator is delicately enhanced by an element of warmth courtesy of the Cherry veneer insert integrated within the iconic British Drum Co. badge. Aviator is, in every sense, a classically beautiful snare drum.

All British Drum Co. lugs contain ThreadGrip technology. The plastic retainer inside the lug that normally holds the ferrule nut in place has been deliberately under-sized, allowing the tension rod to bite into the plastic and provide a tighter grip in the lug. The result is a drum that will hold the drum skin under tension far more reliably for longer periods of time, making your drums sound amazing all the time!

All British Drum Co. drums feature bespoke laser-engraved Cherry veneer washers and interior plates.


  • PALLADIUM SNARE Strainer - Classic Art-Deco styling combined with exceptional build quality makes the British Drum Co. Palladium snare strainer a solidly dependable component on the Aviator snare drum.
  • PALLADIUM LUGS - Inspired by the iconic Art-Deco styling of the 1930s, our high-quality chrome-plated Palladium lugs feature ThreadGrip technology for rock-solid tuning.
  • AVIATOR VENT BADGE - The Aviator features a bespoke “Wingspan” design vent badge inspired by the classic geometric stylings of the golden age of Art-Deco.
  • AVIATOR 'B' BADGE - A piece of Cherry veneer behind the 'B' badge brings a touch of warmth to the Aviator's look.

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