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A timeless American-made classic snare.

The Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum features chrome metal shell construction that offers a bright, cutting, and crisp sound found on a multitude of classic pop and jazz hits of the last several decades. The Supraphonic snares are wonderfully responsive, a quality that's further enhanced by their triple-flanged hoops. The 6-1/2" deep version produces deep, fat tone and great projection. 10 classic lugs, with a P-85 throw-off. A versatile drum that's perfect for styles ranging from symphonic to arena rock.

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  • 14" x 6-1/2"

When you play the Supraphonic, you're part of a great drumming tradition! Order now!

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LudwigSupraphonic Snare Drum
 
4.9

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

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    (5)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (10)
  • Responsive (10)
  • Sensitive (10)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Huge tone (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Jazz clubs (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • School bands (3)
  • Soundtracks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An able workhorse

During a ten year period of my professional career, I put 10,000 hours on the same 6.5" Supraphonic. For five of those years, the drum was played hard with the butt...Read complete review

During a ten year period of my professional career, I put 10,000 hours on the same 6.5" Supraphonic. For five of those years, the drum was played hard with the butt end of Regal Tip Rock sticks. Whether miked or unmiked, rimshots on this instrument would make people in the parking lot wince. The drum was responsive at every dynamic level from pppp to ffff. Strokes always have definition, and press rolls are perfect. The shell is very live, but not obnoxious. I tuned the batter a bit higher and the snare head a bit lower, and got a great Bonham sound.

The throw off could be better quality, but this has no effect upon the sound of the drum. I found that I would break one or two batter hoops a year, either at the tension rod holes, or at the right-angle bend, where the hoop would crack longitudinally. Still, this is a bargain snare drum, and the sound is superb for the money.

I regret selling mine seven years ago, and I'm going to buy another one, having since been disappointed with other name snare drums that just can't match this beast.

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Could be better.

I waited a long time to buy this snare. Didnt have the cash. I've been playing drums for 20 plus years and never had a top of the line snare until now. Well...Read complete review

I waited a long time to buy this snare. Didnt have the cash. I've been playing drums for 20 plus years and never had a top of the line snare until now. Well at first it was like a honeymoon. I was thrilled to finally have this snare. I bought the Ludwig die-cast hoops at the same time cuz I knew I wanted that feature. The snare does everything I expected. But I didnt expect the low quality of the components of this high end snare. The p-85 throw off is junk. I bought the p-86. The (supra-phonic) snare wires that came with it are also junk. I bought pure sound wires. Even the hoops that came with it felt cheap. The shell is the only remaining original component to this snare. After I replaced all the cheap parts I now have the snare that should of came stock for the price I finally paid for it. I would still buy this snare but be prepared to up-grade some parts.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Snare, Horrid Throw-Off

By osscg

from TN

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Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

There's no mystery this snare drum sounds great, so this review is about the things Ludwig needs to address. I bought the 6.5 brass model, and I was amazed at how crappy the throwoff is. When the snares are off, it vibrates loud enough to be heard with the drum. It's just unnacceptable for a $500 drum. There's a special numbered badge attached to the brass models, and mine is slightly crooked. This doesn't affect the sound of the drum of course, but where is the attention to detail? It tells me Ludwig is phoning it in these days. Musician's Friend made it right, but Ludwig seriously needs to get their act together.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An able workhorse

By Paul Scarpelli

from St. George, Utah

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Throw Off
  • Weak Hoops

Best Uses

  • Fusion
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz Clubs

Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

During a ten year period of my professional career, I put 10,000 hours on the same 6.5" Supraphonic. For five of those years, the drum was played hard with the butt end of Regal Tip Rock sticks. Whether miked or unmiked, rimshots on this instrument would make people in the parking lot wince. The drum was responsive at every dynamic level from pppp to ffff. Strokes always have definition, and press rolls are perfect. The shell is very live, but not obnoxious. I tuned the batter a bit higher and the snare head a bit lower, and got a great Bonham sound.

The throw off could be better quality, but this has no effect upon the sound of the drum. I found that I would break one or two batter hoops a year, either at the tension rod holes, or at the right-angle bend, where the hoop would crack longitudinally. Still, this is a bargain snare drum, and the sound is superb for the money.

I regret selling mine seven years ago, and I'm going to buy another one, having since been disappointed with other name snare drums that just can't match this beast.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One Of The Best Drums Ever Made!

By MKdrum67

from Huntsville, AL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

    Contrary to several misinformed reviews of this drum, the Ludwig Supraphonic LM402 6.5 x 14 drum is NOT CHROME-OVER-BRASS! It is chrome-over-aluminum.

    What this drum IS? Everything you want in a drum and nothing less. Extremely versatile, incredibly responsive, and the best snare drum value on the market. This drum is the prototype METAL SNARE DRUM. All the other drum manufacturers try desperately to copy this this drum, and they fail miserably.

    The Ludwig Supraphonic works for ANY situation...it sounds incredible played quietly with brushes, pounded into oblivion, and anything in between. I have personally owned 2 of these drums (a 1967 model and a 2005 model) and they sound PHENOMENAL.

    I have used them on jazz cafe gigs, screaming punk rock shows, reggae all-nighters, country gigs, hip-hop/soul/r'n'b...anything and everything and the drum is amazing! I use this drum on EVERY session in my studio... Quit wondering and buy this drum NOW!

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pure Sonic Brilliance

    By nowhereman

    from Nor-Cal

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    Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

    The COB (Chrome over Brass) reissue Supraphonic`is a Hugely missed snare drum that has built almost a Cult Following over the years. I dont believe there is a recording engineer out there who doesnt have this one on thier must have list of the perfect snare drums. The sound of this snare is almost legendary and can be heard on everyone from Steppenwolf to the Monkees throughout the 60s/ and early 70s. The Chrome over Aluminum model LM400/LM402 has a Dryer, much less ring, and the Black Nickel Anodized over Brass, (Black Beauty) has a Darker, Warmer, and again Less Ringy. The COB Answers very quickly and has a High Pitched Ring at the end of the Gunshot like attack. It can be enhanced or subdued depending on personal taste but gives the drum an unmistakeable, almost Thoroughbred like, Graceful, High Spirited, and Elegant Looking. But Make No Mistake, This Baby Goes way beyond the subtle nuances of ghost notes where you Hear the Entire drum, not just the head or snares like you do with cheap copies, but also has the ability to take your mother inlaws head clean off, your Guitarist will be bleeding from the ears with a single crack of this one. The Manners and Breeding of a Nobleman and the Guts, Projection and Presence of a Gunslinger, One that will Never Disapoint. Last But not least, Replace the P-85 with a P-86 and Puresound EQ, 16 strand snare wires. I like the Evans Coated Genera Dry and HD Dry.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely unbelievable

    By B. Man

    from Massachusetts

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    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

        At first one wonders, "Why the price tag for a piece of shaped metal"? Let me clear this up. It is one of the most responsive snare drums I have ever played. Better yet if you are recording you will see that the waveform needs little if any EQ at mixdown. The wave is uniform all the way across with no spikes in the frequency. How Ludwig did that, who knows. I only know it is simply brilliant.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Aluminum supra my fav snare

        By weevilboy

        from Undisclosed

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        Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

        The best snare drum for my needs.
        Superb shell, classic lugs, but P-85 strainer? Why Ludwig puts that strainer on their top shelf drums is beyond me. I upgraded to the P-86 which is SWEET.
        Classic sound in all tuning ranges. Perfect!
        I can't imagine a drum that costs 3x as much sounded any better!

        (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bonham did not use brass snare drums

        By woody

        from stamford,ct

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

            John Bonham did not use or like the brass based snare drums that ludwig made. Also, he did not pursue using brass snare drums in the studio or on tour. In the Thunder of Drums book his drum tech describes in great detail how John would check every snare drum by scraping a little of the the inside chrome off to make sure the snare was not brass. I believe the actual quote from John was that the sound from a brass snare was "too dark".
            I believe he used purple Hayman snares, double check me on that.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The BEST Snare Drum Ever Made

            By Matt McDonough

            from Philadelphia suburbs.

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Literally Everything

            Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

            I just purchased a mint condition 70's version of this drum. It is easily the best snare drum I have ever heard. There is a reason that competent drum makers all copied this design when Ludwig's patent expired. It's just that good! You can get literally any tone you want out of this drum. I have used Attack single ply coated, Remo Black Suede, Emperor and Ambassador coated heads, and reverse dot heads. Each had it's own nuances, and every single head sounded great, even the reverse dot (I don't like reverse dots usually, they seem to cut out some of the high end crack to me - but they still sound great to me on this drum). You can tune this drum to any tone you like - whether it be low and fat, high and dry, ringy (in a good way), tight and poppy, or any combination of the above. And the great thing is, this snare seems to work for EVERYTHING. On quieter tracks (jazz, alternative, etc) the sensitivity is astounding. On louder tracks (rock, metal), it's attack has a perfect combination of punch-you-in-the-chest low/mids and slap-you-in-the-face high end crack. Overtones can be tuned to taste - from ringy to extremely dry and anywhere in between.

            My favorite thing about this drum is how well it takes muting for when you want a very focused and dry sounds. Many snare drums (including ones costing twice the price or more) will start to lose their tone when muting is applied (moongels, tone controls, wallets, tape, paper towls). Not this drum.

            If you/I could only own one snare, this would be it. There's a reason it's been used on so many great records. There are many great snares out there, but this model is king and will almost certainly remain that way. The Black Beauty version of it is also excellent. Do yourself a favor and buy this drum, even if you end up selling one or two old ones to get it.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Ludwig Supraphonic

            By funkdrummer89

            from Moulton, Alabama

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            Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

            I thouroughly enjoy my 5x14 Supraphonic Brass Snare with any genre. It gives a great crack when you torque the top head, but also has excellent sensitivity when tuned lower. For this particular snare I recommend an Evans Genera hd Dry snare for the batter and a single ply Ludwig Rocker snare side head on the bottom. Happy Slamming!

            (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Who is installing the badges at Ludwig?

            By Big Ange

            from MA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poorly Made

            Best Uses

            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

            It seems cheaply made, not heavy, very light weight,the badge is not right, seems pulled away from the shell at the top slightly...still not straight, but I will accept it.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Definitive Snare PERIOD

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

            I have the 5.5x14. I wanted to own this size first before the 6.5 because this is THE snare heard on every great 60's recording pretty much.Even drummers who played other brands(Moon/Premier) used this snare! Ever wondered why the snare on James Brown recording sounds so funky? Supraphonic.Jimi Hendrix Exp. recordings? Supraphonic.Led Zepplin I,ll,lll,lV,ect.? Supraphonic.Its super high quality "Ludalloy" (alluminum alloy) is dry,yet ringy,crispy,yet warm.Look at the lugs."Impirial" lugs were designed in the 20's! CLASSIC. If you want to sound like all the great rock drummers,soul, and MoTown drummers from the 60's, get this snare.I like it with thinner heads tuned in the uper range.Sounds just like the snare on Jimi Hendrix's "Fire".Every drum company has copied this snare.Yeah, there are more "advanced" drums, but this drum is for the drummer who knows how to control a drum and its tone without all the gagets.Long live Ludwig.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing snare

            By Mike the Metronome

            from Indiana

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Rock

              Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

              I already have a '68 super sensitive that is smoking.Been wondering what the Ludwig spun brass thing was all about for a time now. Tried a Black Beauty Supersensitive but found the Taiwan made strainer to be of poor quality.Mostly for reasons of economy and strainer options I went for the COB 6.5x 14 Supraphonic.
              Sound is unreal.Versatile to tune.A big boomer or a little mouse,whatever you want it to be and a lot cheaper than the BB.Had to replace heads,strainer and snares to tune it in but the result is totally
              worth it. Different sound than my'68 SS. Just as hot but larger,warmer and still cuts.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ludwig CoB Supraphonic 6.5x14

              By Sabianac94

              from Northern VA

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              Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

              This is simply an incredible snare drum. It sounds fantastic at any pitch. I've tuned it before to sound JUST like Bonham, Alex Van Halen, Neil Peart, and others. What can I say?! It's amazing. I only gave it a 4.5 for quality because one of the lugs broke and had to be replaced, but in its defense that's probably because I tightened it WAY too high...

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Snap Crackle Pop !

              By steverok67

              from FL

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              Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

              I own a 1988 and new 2011 version of the LM402 14x6.5 chrome over alluminum snare. The new one holds its tune better than my old one, and the P85 throw-off also works much smoother on the new one. Sound-wise, they are quite similar, although I would argue the older one has a slightly better crack and pop than the new one. This may or may not be attributed to the rubber gaskets under the lugs on the new ones. I replaced both heads with Remo Snare Side Ambassador and Aquarian Studio X Coated w/ Dot (highly recommended), and the snares with PureSound 20-strand blasters. The result is a tight, powerful, crackling, juicy snare sound that just makes me smile. I briefly owned the brass version, but decided I prefer the regular, alluminum snare. Look no further than the LM402.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Could be better.

              By Ronin the Crusher

              from Anchorage, Alaska

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              Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

              I waited a long time to buy this snare. Didnt have the cash. I've been playing drums for 20 plus years and never had a top of the line snare until now. Well at first it was like a honeymoon. I was thrilled to finally have this snare. I bought the Ludwig die-cast hoops at the same time cuz I knew I wanted that feature. The snare does everything I expected. But I didnt expect the low quality of the components of this high end snare. The p-85 throw off is junk. I bought the p-86. The (supra-phonic) snare wires that came with it are also junk. I bought pure sound wires. Even the hoops that came with it felt cheap. The shell is the only remaining original component to this snare. After I replaced all the cheap parts I now have the snare that should of came stock for the price I finally paid for it. I would still buy this snare but be prepared to up-grade some parts.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Ludwig Supra-Phonic Snare Drum

              By Garry Hamilton

              from Waldorf, Maryland

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              Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

              I bought the 6.5x14 snare. I have been performing with maple and brass snares. The Ludwig has an outstanding sound that I have been searching for for years. You do not need to change out the heads all you need to do is tighten both top and bottom high and maybe place a piece of tape on the batter side. I recommend this snare for all types of music and to all drummers who are searching for quality sound.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Still Great After 40 Years

              By Dave Latchaw

              from Martinez CA

              Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

              I'm still playing the same 5x14 chrome over steel Supraphonic I got in 1968 when I was 13 years old. It's not always the one I record with, but it's the one I take with me when I play out. It's indestructable and will sound good in just about any room.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              a phenomenal drum

              By jake k/

              from waterbury,ct.

              Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

              i've been drumming on the same Ludwig supra phonic since 1972 for hard rock/jazz/concert work ,,changed heads a few times, but thats all . i have a 5 1/2 X 14,for sensitivity . go with the 6 1/2" for heavy rock for it never loses its tonal quality, is very durable and its chrome finish polishes right out. its worth every penny . priced correctly here

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Metal Monster

              By JIMMY BOONE

              from Columbia, SC

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              Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

              After researching snare drums for almost a year, I bought the 14x6.5 Chrome over Brass with die cast hoops and tube lugs for my son's Christmas. First off, the quality of craftsmanship is impeccable. This model came with the much-desired P86 throw-off, a very smart upgrade. The stock Ludwig heads are actually ok, but we quickly replaced them with a Remo Emperor batter and Ambassador reso seeking that classic sound. The Supraphonic stock snares we replaced with PureSound Blaster 20's. We've tuned this high and low and prefer the medium to higher tuning while it still performs well in the lower range as well. I am always impressed with the snare under mic'd situations, it's tone and cut unmatched by any snare at any gig we've played. It has an endearing ring and menacing rimshot, perfect for the Progressive Rock my Son plays. I gave the rating of 4.5 for value because of the price exceeding my budget, but this Supraphonic will be with us forever: it has become an Heirloom.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              6 1/2x14 Bronze - Great Snare

              By your mom-kLGBS

              from Jersey

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              Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

              I have performed with a symphonic band, who had the 6 1/2x14 bronze snare with a Terry Bozzio head on it. Perfect sensitivity, great dynamics, no overtones. Great snare for articulate concert work, but would probably be fantastic for set as well. Definitely a great buy, even considering the price.

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