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Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum  14 x 6.5 in.

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This classic steel snare strikes a perfect balance of tone and economy.

The Ludwig Supralite Snare is a warm, versatile steel snare with an economical price point. The 1.5mm beaded steel stell provides a wide tuning range, a rounded attack with ample overtone and a classic appearance. The drum is ringed with stout chrome-over-brass lugs and 2.3mm triple-flanged hoops.

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  • Chrome-over-brass tube lugs
  • 1.5mm beaded steel shell
  • 2.3mm triple-flanged hoops

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Supralite Snare Drum

  • 14 x 4", 14 x 5-1/2", 14 x 6-1/2" or 15 x 5"
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LudwigSupralite Snare Drum
 
4.0

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (11)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Sensitive (6)
  • Huge tone (4)

Cons

  • Poorly made (4)

Best Uses

  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Tardis of snare drums

Ludwig has a way of doing this. In 1963 they introduced the Acrolite as a "student snare." Soon the sound became so desirable that they've recently "reissued"...Read complete review

Ludwig has a way of doing this. In 1963 they introduced the Acrolite as a "student snare." Soon the sound became so desirable that they've recently "reissued" it for four bills.

The Supralite is a sleeper of the same magnitude. It's got a beaded seamed shell with thick chrome on it and all its parts. Snare butt is die cast, and rims are 2.3mm. I got the 4" depth because I got a deal on it I couldn't pass up.

Generally, I don't care for snares deeper than 5.5" - they sound "tubby" to me. Five is my favorite depth. Four was a gamble, as in the minds of many this makes it a "piccolo snare."

As soon as I got it I took the top head off to inspect the build and then replaced it with a coated G2 and tuned it up. When I started playing, I had to stop and look under the drum - "Where's the rest of it?!" Its like the Tardis.

The drum has a feel-it-in-your-gut punch. I've had Acros, Supraphonics, Kenner maples - I've never had a snare that punched like this - and it's only 4" deep!

Rim shots were like lower-register gun shots - absolutely startling. I think something thinner like a G1 would really pop the upper register, but may lose some fatness (I may eventually try a Power Center Reverse Dot - in my experience, these have the rimshots and ring of the G1 with the fatness of the G2 with center hits).

Grab one of these before they become popular. I suspect that they are Chinese made (doesn't say that anywhere), and the price-point reflects the mfg cost. Once word gets out about the sound, my bet is that Ludwig will start charging for the sound rather than the mfg cost, just like they did with the Acro.

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You get what you pay for...

In my search for the perfect snare I figured I'd give this guy a shot seeing the price is right (I paid less than two hundo for the piccolo version). The snare looks...Read complete review

In my search for the perfect snare I figured I'd give this guy a shot seeing the price is right (I paid less than two hundo for the piccolo version). The snare looks great...but that's about it. My very first gig with the snare I noticed the pitch kept descending, odd because the top lugs were still tight. After our first 45 minute set I looked down and TWO of the reso head lugs were lying on the ground. Fine, no problem, I put some Loctite on them and replaced the reso head and no more issues with that...

Fast forward to the next gig, the snare wires (which I had replaced with Puresounds) loosen after every song, forcing me to tighten the strainer constantly. Needless to say this is extremely annoying and inconvenient.

The old adage "you get what you pay for" definitely applys here. For the low cost, and if you can deal with these annoyances, go for it. Otherwise I'd recommend upgrading to a Black Magic or Pork Pie Big Black Brass (great snare for the money). My hopes were too high I guess.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Absolute Garbage

By Rhythmista..

from Quebec, Canada

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poorly Made

Best Uses

    Comments about Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum:

    When Ludwig introduced this snare drum line, i was very intrigued and excited. Those feelings were quickly put to rest the day i brought the drum home. Upon closer inspection, the obviously made in Taiwan hardware looked aesthetically cheap, and not very solid, as i quickly found out for myself. The throw-off and butt plate and all it's tension screws are beyond poorly made and actually snapped when i began to adjust the snare drum sensitivity to to my personal preference.. I was expecting this snare drum would be this generation's Acrolite. I was wrong.. This drum doesn't even compare to the 1971 Acrolite i own. As a professional drummer, drum tech and part time restorer of vintage and modern drums, i would say Ludwig's quality control on this snare drum line failed miserably. The few positive things i can say about this drum is that it actually sounded quite nice, had a great range, tone, and was very versatile in regards to what genre this drum can be played in. Even at a low, used price, this is one drum that isn't worth it, and should be ignored, unless you're just starting out, or as a "beat-up" spare..

     
    5.0

    Ludwig Supralite

    By Levittowndrummer

    from Levittown PA

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues
      • Soundtracks
      • Symphonies

      Comments about Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum:

      I have this snare in the 13x6 and a 14x5.5. Excellent sounding drum. I use both in the studio for recording and they deliver every time. Ludwig craftsmanship at its finest. Great quality. Just upgrade the heads and you will be good to go!. Thanks Ludwig for my go to snare

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Okay Snare

      By SEA

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • Poorly Made

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum:

        I've had this snare for several months now, and still have mixed feelings. I have the 4x14, and tone-wise it's actually quite good. Full sound for a shallow snare. I have the heads cranked up tight, and the ring minimal, and sounds good. What I can't stand is the mediocre snare throw off. It's pretty awful. If you fully "disengage" it, it actually presses the snare wires back on to the reso head causing a rattle. It takes a fine touch to disengage it to the "sweet spot" that doesn't make the snares rattle. Aside from this, the drum is pretty good.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        good

        By patrick

        from brooklyn, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Poorly Made

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks
        • Symphonies

        Comments about Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum:

        I used and love ludwig snare drums my whole life. the drum I received the snare strainer is a bit dysfunctional as it sticks and even when the snare is off the snares still rattle. poor quality and very poor quality control from ludwig. disappointed.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Snare drum purchase.

        By Rick.

        from Brewerton, New York

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum:

            I'm 62 yrs. old. Been playing since age 12. For the money you can't beat this product. Also the sales girl 'Amanda' was so patient and helpful. She was able to find exactly what I was looking for (affordable 10 lug) and at a surprising great price. I owe her for this buy.

            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            You get what you pay for...

            By MakingFacesMusic

            from West Palm Beach, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound

            Cons

            • Not Sensitive
            • Poorly Made

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum:

              In my search for the perfect snare I figured I'd give this guy a shot seeing the price is right (I paid less than two hundo for the piccolo version). The snare looks great...but that's about it. My very first gig with the snare I noticed the pitch kept descending, odd because the top lugs were still tight. After our first 45 minute set I looked down and TWO of the reso head lugs were lying on the ground. Fine, no problem, I put some Loctite on them and replaced the reso head and no more issues with that...

              Fast forward to the next gig, the snare wires (which I had replaced with Puresounds) loosen after every song, forcing me to tighten the strainer constantly. Needless to say this is extremely annoying and inconvenient.

              The old adage "you get what you pay for" definitely applys here. For the low cost, and if you can deal with these annoyances, go for it. Otherwise I'd recommend upgrading to a Black Magic or Pork Pie Big Black Brass (great snare for the money). My hopes were too high I guess.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              4x14 Supralite

              By DrumGuy7

              from Hollywood, Fl

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Sensitive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum:

                  was looking for the perfect companion for my Acrolite and spent no less than 4 trips to my local drumshop before deciding on the 4x14 supralite. I NEVER buy snares shallower than 5" because piccolos are usually one trick ponies. Not the case with this bad boy. I won't even deign to call this a piccolo. I prefer to think of it as my secret weapon. Sensitive enough for brushes, but can rimshot like a shotgun. Paired with my aluminum snare I can go from jazz to rock to studio and never changes drums. And all with a 4" depth! And with a Steel Shell (usually my least favorite material) Ludwig has brought a steel acrolite out from their vaults and everyone who can should get one of these in their collection before Ludwig realizes their mistake and jacks up the process on these bad boys.

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The Tardis of snare drums

                  By GCH

                  from Washington, DC

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                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound
                  • Huge Tone
                  • Responsive
                  • Sensitive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Any Place Snare Is Needed

                  Comments about Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum:

                  Ludwig has a way of doing this. In 1963 they introduced the Acrolite as a "student snare." Soon the sound became so desirable that they've recently "reissued" it for four bills.

                  The Supralite is a sleeper of the same magnitude. It's got a beaded seamed shell with thick chrome on it and all its parts. Snare butt is die cast, and rims are 2.3mm. I got the 4" depth because I got a deal on it I couldn't pass up.

                  Generally, I don't care for snares deeper than 5.5" - they sound "tubby" to me. Five is my favorite depth. Four was a gamble, as in the minds of many this makes it a "piccolo snare."

                  As soon as I got it I took the top head off to inspect the build and then replaced it with a coated G2 and tuned it up. When I started playing, I had to stop and look under the drum - "Where's the rest of it?!" Its like the Tardis.

                  The drum has a feel-it-in-your-gut punch. I've had Acros, Supraphonics, Kenner maples - I've never had a snare that punched like this - and it's only 4" deep!

                  Rim shots were like lower-register gun shots - absolutely startling. I think something thinner like a G1 would really pop the upper register, but may lose some fatness (I may eventually try a Power Center Reverse Dot - in my experience, these have the rimshots and ring of the G1 with the fatness of the G2 with center hits).

                  Grab one of these before they become popular. I suspect that they are Chinese made (doesn't say that anywhere), and the price-point reflects the mfg cost. Once word gets out about the sound, my bet is that Ludwig will start charging for the sound rather than the mfg cost, just like they did with the Acro.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Cool snare at a nice price...

                  By Donny Danger

                  from Austin, Tx Y'all!

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bonzo On A Budget

                    Comments about Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum:

                    I will concur that these are really nice snare drums, especially for the money. I got the 6.5 x 14 and it sounds great, (plus looks boss as well with those chrome tube lugs). I've always stayed away from steel/metal snares since I figured they would sound brash, harsh and clangy... never thought "warm" would be an appropriate adjective for this type of drum, but darned if the shoe doesn't fit in this case. First tried it tuned a bit lower and it wasn't really happening, but cranked it up higher, (tuned to an "A" note on top and "E" on the bottom), and it really came alive. I usually use a ring to dampen, but this baby even sounds cool when left wide open, (think John Cougar Mellancamp "Rain on the Scarecrow" sound). Sounds fine even with the stock heads... but sure it will sound even better when I get an Evans "HD Dry" on there. Conjure up a "Bonzo" vibe on a poor man's budget... you can't go too far wrong with one of these babies. Certainly a nice flavor to have available in your arsenal.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    5-1/2 x 14 Supralite

                    By Motorhedmike

                    from Cheyenne, Wyoming

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Huge Tone
                    • Responsive
                    • Sensitive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum:

                        I saw some good reviews for this, so I thought I'd give it a shot. As soon as I got it out of the box I was impressed with the overall quality. Then I listened to it, and I am really amazed that a drum this killer can be had at this price. I used to favor wood shell snares, but the Supralite won me over. Very warm without harshness in any tuning range, ringy at the edge(in a good way) and nice solid body when played at the center. I'm surprised that even the heads are pretty good. Don't stand there gawking- BUY ONE!!

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