If Reference Series has engineered each tom to function at the highest level possible, you can only imagine the research and development that went into Reference Series Snares. Each shell is composed of a blend of woods totalling an incredible 20 plies. This extra thick shell ensures that no energy is lost through shell vibration and all energy is focused on moving sound waves. The shell's bearing edge is a 45Ã‚° to promote a focused contact area with the head for response and crack. 6 inner plies of Birch provides cut and attack while the outer 14 plies of Maple provide warmth and solid midrange punch. Reference Series Snare drums are available in 3 different shell sizes. 14x5in, 14x6.5in and 13x6.5in to suit individual preferences and tastes. The heart and soul of your kit is your snare drum and the Reference Series Snare Drums shine through loud and clear. A 45Ã‚° bearing edge takes advantage of all 20 plies that Reference Series Snare Drums have to offer. 6 inner plies of Birch surrounded by 14 outer plies of Maple. Simply amazing volume. The snare tension knob features a locking mechanism to maintain snare tension at all times. Simply depress the button and turn the knob simultaneously. The strainer lever features a Positive Lock system that while in the On position removes the possibility of accidentally turning the snares off without depressing a button on the lever.