"I had the pleasure of trying out the 14 x 5-1/2 TranSnare with African Mahogany inserts on a couple of different settings and I was very impressed by how great it sounded, very open and warm. It responded well to different dynamics and it was extremely sensitive and musical. In my opinion, Michael's idea of the interchangeable wood shell inserts is a game changer when it comes to drum making, and especially when we talk about custom-built snare drums. It brings more flexibility and more control to the player, like never before. Congratulations on such a fantastic and innovative creation!"   

Maurício Zottarelli   


This is the real deal. I have been playing my TranSnare drum for a few years now. I love the bright-crisp rock vibe sound, which is the driving force for my kit. The craftsmanship and detail in the lugs and throw off blend beautifully inlaid with the quarter sawn African Mahogany. Michael is truly a master at what he does.” - Mike Joyce
A TranSnare Happy customer

A TranSnare Happy customer

Michael Carlito is a visionary innovator, artisan builder and lifelong drummer. TranSnare's revolutionary design and acoustic brilliance has boldly lifted the bar for the unique qualities players seek in an elite snare drum. ”

Richard Boukas    performing artist, composer, educator, author   

Michael Carlito's snare drum is a work of art both sonically and visually. The drum has a wonderful response whether pianissimo or forte with a lot of sensitivity and warmth. This snare drum really stands out as a unique, wonderful instrument for those looking for a great sound and craftsmanship.”

 Jeff "Siege" Siegel    Drummer/Educator 

Michael Carlito is one of the most talented percussionists I have ever played with.”

 David Darling    Grammy Award-Winning Cellist and Composer