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.... Read More
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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Reviewed by 13 customers
This is the snare you want. You will have it forever. I lover it. Nothing more to say.
I put off buying this snare due to all the hype over the years. Well, I finally caved. I was fairly impressed with the build quality although it's really nothing special. The tried and true el cheapo strainer really had to go, so I replaced it with the P-86. While it's better, it's not all that either. There's been more said about the sound of this snare than any other and that should be the main focus. It will sound just like Bonzo's snare, if that's what your aim is. I like it for it's crisp, sensitive and retro sound that it evokes. It's not, however, my 'go to' snare. I guess I still prefer a wood shell snare for an all around sound. A bit overpriced but you get to own a piece of history.
this snare can do anything. 6.5x14 chrome on alluminum version. rim shot kills live, can be very sublte yet responsive for ghost notes, doesn't ring forever so it's great to record with, has the widest tuning range of any snare i've ever owned. put a remo coated ambassador on top and hazy ambassador on bottom and thats all you need. I play worship, rock, ska/reggae, hip-hop, and metal with this drum and there's no compromise anywhere.
I have been playing drums for 42years started playing ludwig in the 60's and I still play them. I just bought another LM402 I have played most every brand out there most sound too tight then there's the one's that sound's like a cardboard box then there is ludwig the only one that sound's like a real snare drum. I have two ludwig kit's one at church and one I tour with.
I went to this guys house where he kind of gave me a lesson. Then he pulled out his 14x6.5 chrome Supraphonic and was like, "puberty will run it's course when you hear this drum." And he was NOT kidding. That was the best snare I've ever heard/gotten the chance to play on.
Dude this snare drum is nothing short of amazing. It's definatly hands down the best snare drum I've ever played. The snare plays great at any tunning range and has an amazing dynamic playing range. You could be playing the softest of soft and you could still hear those snares snaring away. I've owned other snare at about have the price of this snare and to me, they just don't cut it. If you're in the market for a snare, I suggest you check this out, not to mention this snare was also used by John bonham and van halen and many others. I suggest you check out the led Zeppelin live recordings: how the west was won to get a great perception of the great sound this Ludwig brings out. Also I have to mention that I've had people come up to me and say they love my snare sound. Can imagine playing any other snare.
you must play drums otherwise you wouldn't be checking out this snare...if that is the case and you don't own this drum, you should buy it right now or just stop playing drums all together. It is the BEST snare you can get hands down for the money. If I could choose one snare for both the recording studio and live, it's this one. Stop reading the reviews and stop being cheep. Buy it now!!!
I've had the chrome 6 1/2 x 14 model for several shows now. I'm very impressed with how easy it tunes and the overall sound. Up high it really cut through everything. I prefer mine mid-range and it has great punch and sustain. I play Evans heads and the sticks really bounce off this drum. It has enough impact for heavier rock like Metallica and Alice in Chains but also has some smoothness when we're doing Skynard or Shinedown. It is pretty loud and I've found I can't use it on ballads - its volume just dwarfs the other instruments in those situations. Overall a great drum. It has a nice appearance as well, setting off almost any drum kit. I would recommend it.
You can not find a more sensitive snare, than the Supra-Phonic! It will pick up and project every tap and rim shot! It was Bonham's #1 and it should be yours as well. Play it loudly and proudly!
The Ludwig Supraphonic is the holy grail of snare drums. No matter how many new manufacturers attempt to reinvent the wheel, drummers keep coming back to the supra as the workhorse of the gigging and recording worlds. This is by far the most recorded snare in history (probably on all genres of music), and there is a reason. The sound can best be described as classic. This is what a snare is meant to sound like at all different tunings. Down low with loose snares, there is a deep and throaty voice. Up tight, the snare brightens out with a crisp POP. I find that it works best right in the middle of the tuning range--this gives an articulate, full-bodied sound that will work well in any genre. The supra is basically the most versatile, best sounding snare drum ever created (and generations of drummers will attest to this).
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