Field drum - Sound characteristics
Dark, somber, venerable, menacing, booming, hard, majestic, sonorous, full.
The tenor drum’s sound is comparable to that of a snare drum tuned to a lower register and played without snares.
The field drum, played with snares, has a brighter sound, one that is a little less dull and somber. However, the snares have far less influence on the field drum’s sound than they do on the snare drum’s because they cannot vibrate so strongly owing to the large resonant chamber inside the shell. In terms of register, the tenor and field drum exist some where between the snare drum and the bass drum, in the region of C3.