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Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum  Bronze 3 x 13 in.

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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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LudwigSupraphonic Snare Drum
 
4.9

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (9)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Sensitive (9)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Huge tone (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (3)
  • Jazz clubs (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

The very best snare drum

By Tony t

from Breaux bridge louisiana

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

I have won many top notch snare drum in the 30 plus years I've been playing. I already owned a 1977 supersonic 5.5 " which I gave to my son. Which I loved the sound. So my son told me daddy I will buy you a 6.5 Lm 402. He knows I love John bonham snare drum sound. So I told him I wanted a vintage 70s . He located one in great condition. The drum sounds incredible. No other snares has that sound. The best of the best

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing snare

By mljmd7

from Indiana

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

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.

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    5.0

    Best snare drum for the money. Period.

    By K. Knight

    from Phoenix

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Practice

      Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

      Sounds exactly the way I want a snare to sound. Clear at any volume and tuning range is broad. I use Remo controlled sound batter and ambassador resonant side. Perfect match. I read revues to the saturation point and finally pulled the trigger on this Ludwig. Bulls-eye! Buy it!

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      5.0

      The Supraphonic has been a Top Dog snare drum for decades

      By SakDaddy

      from Cornfields of Ohio

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      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Drop Off Needs Upgrade

      Best Uses

      • Does It All

      Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum:

      The 402 has been a Top Dog snare drum for decades, and with a few tweaks...it's a monster. I added a Ludwig P-86 throw off (no drilling), Evans heads and DW True Hoops for added clarity and rebound.
      I owned a '69 back in '72 and it was a jaw dropper back then. Used it in Orchestra, Rock, Show groups, and Funk..it did it all. There are boutique drums for a couple of grand and still don't hit the sweet-spot like a Ludwig 402.
      Note: Aluminum shell doesn't ring like the brass.

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      (5 of 6 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!

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        (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Who is installing the badges at Ludwig?

        By Big Ange

        from MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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.

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        (3 of 10 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.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Absolutely unbelievable

            By Bri

            from Boston,ma

            About Me Professional Musician

            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.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The BEST Snare Drum Ever Made

                By Matt McDonough

                from Philadelphia suburbs.

                About Me Experienced

                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.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                An able workhorse

                By Paul Scarpelli

                from St. George, Utah

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                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.

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