Celebrating a relationship that spans two decades, Premier presented Nicko McBrain of IRON MAIDEN with a special one-off snare drum at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out video footage of the presentation below.Premier announced two new Nicko McBrain snare drums at NAMM 2013: * Handcrafted in Premier's manufacturing facility in Lancashire, England, "Nicko's Sicko" is a snare drum like no other. It is produced with a 100% sycamore, 10mm thick, 16-ply shell. The characteristic warmth of the sycamore with the added attack from the 10mm thick shell gives this snare drum a warm yet powerful punch with plenty of sensitivity. Finished with a "silver shimmer" outer ply of sycamore with a hand rubbed oil finish, this snare also includes 2.3mm chrome plated triple-flange steel hoops, a 0610 quick release heavy-duty snare strainer and chrome plated British Collection solid brass tube lugs. The drum also features two touches inspired by Nicko: a Remo Emperor X coated batter head and 42 strand snare wire. * 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 Lancashire, 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.
Pictured below: "Nicko's Sicko" snare drum
Pictured below: "Aces High" snare drum