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Ludwig Chrome Supra-Phonic Snare Drum
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Ludwig Chrome Supra-Phonic Snare Drum

Upgrade your kit's snare with the Ludwig Chrome Supra-Phonic. Its aluminum shell delivers the massive volume and snappy sound heard on countless recordings.

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Submitted November 10, 2020 by a customer from gmail.com
"The only snare you'll ever need"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I've been playing drums for over 20 years and have owned a lot of different snare drums. I recently ordered a lm402 from zZounds and I couldn't be happier. This snare is super sensitive and has a huge tuning range from just above a wrinkle to cranked it just sounds good. It also has a large dynamic range from sensitive and delicate playing to rimshots with 2B sticks this snare sounds killer. Speaking of the rimshot its like a shotgun going off its so loud with tons of body and color. I used to have a vintage acrolite snare and the supraphonic has everything I loved about that drum and more. If you want a really dry sound all you need is half a moongel or leave it wide open and get a thunderous amount of ring that actually sounds good unlike a lot of metal snares. Bottom line this is a very versatile snare that sounds good no matter what kind of music you are playing. You will totally fall in love.
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Submitted February 9, 2008 by a customer from yahoo.com
"The Best all around snare ever made"
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happy all around ,and I aways get ,,, your snare really cuts and sounds great
Sound
been using since I had got my first Ludwig drums, and these superphonics are still the best and most copied sname,,
Ease of Use
tight snare head , do a remo emporer on the top excellent
Quality
hold very well over the years for sure !
Manufacturer Support
have not but a few years Ludwig was great to work with
Musical Background:
active drummer
Musical Style:
classic rock and blues
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Submitted August 12, 2008 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Very likely the only snare drum one would need."
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I own two snare drums; this Supra, and an Omar Hakim sig. I don't pretend to be anything but a drummer who loves his sound and keep a decent beat 51% of the time. There are no other snare drums known to me worth having, period.
Sound
This particular drum, the Chrome Over Aluminum (COA)has been the standard pretty much since sound has been recorded, or since Ludwig started making seamless aluminum drum shells, whichever is earlier. Point is, if you could only own ONE snare drum, this is the one to own. It's the classic snare sound, just like all the records (NOT the Chrome Over Brass, BTW) and it will do whatever you want, however you tune it.
Features
Features? What features? that the beauty of the thing! No "features"!! Just a shell, rims, lugs, proven strainer, wires, heads. No porting, adjustable vent holes, hybrid plastic rings, or other crapola. Heck, I don't think they even put an internal muffler on the thing any more. It doesn't need that nonsense!
Ease of Use
I was going to say something smart here, but the fact is the Ludwig WeatherMaster batter head isn't too bad. It feels a bit thick and almost "rubbery", but it does keep the shell from ringing. I played a model with an Ambassador batter, and the shell got a little too noisy. IMHO, any metal shelled snare drum should be fitted with die-cast rims, which have never failed to settle a ringy drum for me. What the heck. But with the WM heads as fitted, the drum will truly sound good right outta the box!
Quality
No complaints. The 60's COA tended to lose its chrome over time, as direct plating of aluminum doesn't work well. Nowadays, they seem to have beaten that problem.
Value
It's fairly priced; this drum is a modern classic, and within the reach of most afcions de Ludwig.
Manufacturer Support
I said ten because I wanted a lot of stars on this rating. I haven't ever had to deal with Ludwig myself. Until a couple years ago, their service was said to be abysmal, but I now hear they have taken a page from the Pearl manual and started getting it right.
The Wow Factor
It's always been a nice looking drum, and unless you're playing a Gretsch Byrdland repro kit, the chrome will pretty much go along with anything. It's the sound of this particular drum that is so sexy; I dunno how they do it, but Ludwig has Their Sound, and nothing else will do!
Musical Background:
Don't Ask, Don't Tell...
Musical Style:
Jazz/Oldies/Ragtime
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Submitted September 29, 2008 by a customer from gmail.com
"Stradivarius of snares!!!"
My first snare!!!
Sound
VERSATIL. SENSITIVE. PERFECT!!!!!!!
Features
Very clean an no need muffer.
Ease of Use
The Stradivarius of snares!!!
Quality
Very well made!!!! Nothing bad!
Value
I bought it outlet 100 dollar less!!!
Manufacturer Support
I don't need it.
The Wow Factor
Perfect!!!!
Musical Background:
Hobbyist
Musical Style:
Jazz, pop
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Submitted December 9, 2016 by CARLOS GUTIERREZ in PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL
"the best snare of all."
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for start i recomend this snare to any drumer beginner or pro. some drumers buy only the vintage suprafonics you don t even need to. the new ones sounds as good. same drum simple . well done and will last fore ever.so do yourself a favor get one of this pupys. thankyou.
Musical Background:
CARRIED DRUMS FOR ALEAST 30 YEARS
Musical Style:
ALL KIND . BUT JASS IS MY PREFERED ALONG WHITH CRISTIAN
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