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Ludwig Hammered Bronze Supraphonic Snare Drum with Tube Lugs - 14x6.5

Model: LUD-LB552KT

Availability: In Stock

$839.00

A unique mixture of a metal snare drum with wood shell characteristics. That is the Ludwig Bronze Series. The bronze seamless shell offers the sharp "snap" and projection of a metal drum with the smooth warmth of a wood shell. The hammer...
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Ludwig Hammered Bronze Supraphonic Snare Drum with Tube Lugs - 14x6.5 - Product Information

A unique mixture of a metal snare drum with wood shell characteristics. That is the Ludwig Bronze Series.

The bronze seamless shell offers the sharp "snap" and projection of a metal drum with the smooth warmth of a wood shell.

The hammered shell offers a drier more articulate response. Options include the standard triple-flanged hoops, tube lugs, and P85 strainer.

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My #1 Snare for almost 18 years!

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I have an older model from the 1980's but they are virtually exactly the same made today. Years ago, I replaced the flanged hoops with die cast on both sides. I use Evans Power Center coated on the batter, a 300 reso on the bottom and a Blaster model snare from PureSound. What can I say? You cannot go wrong with any model of Supraphonic and I happened upon a dinged-up used hammered bronze 6.5" deep model and though I own other snares and have played hundreds, this remains my favorite. For a fairly deep snare, the sensitivity is incredible and the tuning range produces a great powerful snare sound, no matter how you tension the drum. It absolutely does exhibit the perfect balance of metal crispness with woody warmth, in any tuning. I've been able to play any style of music from loud metal to very quiet jazz. I'm always getting compliments about the sound. I liked the sound with the original flanged hoops, but I really prefer die cast hoops on snare drums for more than just sound reasons. I do like the way the die cast hoops dried the ring a bit and focused the overall tone. Now, I'll admit it's not perfect. I really don't like the old design of the butt-plate using flat head screws which you can never get tight enough to hold the cords without tying them when you tighten the snares. The P-85 strainer, while simple and functional is pretty cheap and I've replaced it since the pot metal throw-off lever broke. It sticks and you have to pull the knob up to get it to engage properly. I may eventually replace both the butt plate and throw-off mechanism with something more modern and smooth. As far as I know the current models of Supraphonics still use the old P-85 unit. Overall, the best SOUNDING drum there is. I recommend it.

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Posted By:

Ian Ballard

Rating:

4.00

Sweet and sour

Comments:

Plus - Great sounding shell. Negatives - Chrome plating on counterhoops is lesser quality than many higher end 2.3 or 2.5 mil hoops available. Shell had several small scratches, apparently manufacturer induced. Butt plate was drilled and mounted but is not parallel to bearing edges. Inferior Ludwig drumheads and cheap plastic snare ribbon needed to be replaced immediately. At this price point I would expect premium snare cords, heads, chrome plating, parallel mounted snare butt assembly. If it wasn't for the sound of the shell I would have never bought a Ludwig.

Date Posted:

Posted By:

Glenn Schaft

Rating:

3.00
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