Ludwig Durability and Sound
If a snare drum could be a hit maker, the Ludwig Supraphonic snare drum would be it. The bright, crisp sound of this professionals’ choice performs great in the studio or at live events. The chrome plated seamless aluminum shell produces classic snare crack in combination with rich resonant depth. The superb responsiveness of the snare is enhanced with the triple-flanged hoops. This versatile drum offers the right sound for jazz to pop, rock, metal, and classic rock. Look for imperial or tube lubes, and a shell finish that is smooth or hammered. The Supraphonic snare drum is available in standard 5X14 and 6.5X14 models. A 6.5X14 is also available with a super sensitive strainer.
Those playing the Ludwig Supraphonic snare love the classic sound that is crisp and clean. The fact that the sound works well for all styles of music is also appreciated. The drum is easy to tune, and remains in tune longer than most.
Some playing this drum express concern about the quality of the components, particularly the P-85 throw off. Many drummers upgrade to the P-86. The snare wires also may need to be replaced sooner rather than later.
Overall Rating – 4 Stars
The classic sound of the Supraphonic, and the durability of the shell, are outstanding. The performance of the components brings into question its overall durability. Because those issues are manageable, we are comfortable giving the Ludwig Supraphonic Snare drum a 4 Star rating.