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Rick Faulkner

Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum

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I am seriously thinking that my next drum purchase has to be a Ludwig Supraphonic 400 or 402 snare. I am not sure if a vintage model from the 60's or 70's would be better than buying new. Does anyone have one of these drums and could offer some advise? i.e, go for vintage or new and 400 or 402 model.

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Consensus seems to be that vintage drums are superior. The small keystone badged(Chicago) ones are considered vintage.Badge changed to blue/olive around 1970, then to the large keystone(Monroe) badge around 1979 I think. I have a 1968 400 which is a versatile drum but if you want that Bonham sound a blue/olive 402 is the beast for you, but much more pricey.Pitting to be expected on all of these and go for a P83 or P85 strainer rather than supersensitive. Acrolite is the same drum without chrome and 8 lugs. Avoid the Black/white badges, they're made in the Orient somewehere and the shells are different.You could import from the states, lots of choice but add aroud 20% to the purchase price for Customs and vat charges. Hope this helps. Here's a link.

ludwig items - Get great deals on Snare, pearl items on eBay.com!

Dave.

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Yeah its a great snare drum! Ebay is a good place to start as they seem to pop up from time to time. failing that shops like drumshack are good to e-mail as they normally stock a lot of vintage snares. Good luck!

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Cheers I will give them a try. Probabily going to have to wait a while until I get one as I just upgraded by Roland TD6 to all mesh heads. Bloody ebay costs me a fortune. Defenately a Ludwig snare is the next purchase when I get some cash back in the bank.

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