(SOLD) Ludwig Supraphonic 14x5 Snare Drum (LM400)
Our Thoughts: There's a reason the Ludwig Supraphonic is one of the most recorded snare drums in the world. We've seen a few wonderful vintage ones as well as newer models come through and although vintage is cooler, they're made the same as they were in the 60s except for the rubber gaskets. The beaded 1.7mm aluminium shell affords more warmth and resonance than steel or brass but with more brightness than an Acrolite due to the chrome. These sound incredible with definition and body for days. Versatile as can be. Throw it in a jazz band and it'll sing. Chuck some country at it and it'll sound thick and full for you. Throw some metal at it and it'll bite your face. If you know, you know.
This particular one has been kept in great shape and even has the stock heads and wires with very little wear. The most common mod for these is to remove the lug gaskets to get that rattly sound they're famed for but in this case, the gaskets are still here so I guess its fate is for you to decide.
Model: LM400 Supraphonic
New Street Price: $950 approx.
Dimensions: 14" x 5"
Serial: 3HD081727 (present on Ludwig sticker by barcode, not 100% certain this indicates the serial)
Made: Monroe, NC, USA, recent model
Shell Construction: 1.7mm Seamless Aluminium
Hoops: 2.3mm Steel Triple Flanged
Hardware: P88AC Throw / P35P Butt
Batter Head: Stock Ludwig Weather Master Medium Coated
Resonant Head: Stock Ludwig Weather Master Snare Side Clear
Wires: Stock Ludwig 20 Strand (all wires intact)
Condition Notes: No major scratches or dings. Shell is in round. Chrome is in good condition with some marks that we believe can just be cleaned off, not damage as such. Aluminium shell is in good condition with no rust. Throw-off works smoothly. No rust that we can see. These are a bit of a pain to get clean as they're finger print magnets. We'd recommend pulling it apart and wiping it all down and it'll look near new. Overall, it is in excellent condition.