Ludwig 1960s 6.5×14″ 402 Deep Supraphonic Snare Drum. Greatest Snare Ever? $599
Here’s a question that I’ve been waiting to see on Family Feud for my whole life.”If you could only have one snare drum, what would it be?” I’m still waiting. They probably never asked this question because the answer is so obvious. Everybody knows it would be a Ludwig 6.5×14 Supraphonic 402. There could be some debate regarding brass vs. aluminum shell or 60’s vs. 70s, but it would obviously be a Supraphonic 402. There’s simply nothing you can’t do with this drum, the greatest time tested work horse drum of all time.
This one sounds amazing. I just put on a fresh head, tightened it up, gave it a whack and it was perfect. I’m not going to mess with perfection. Alloy shell. Red felt muffler, P-83 throw off. Bottom hoop is brass. New Remo Ambassador top head.
This drum has seen plenty of action. It’s taken a few bumps and scratches. Somewhere along the line half of the keystone badge got broken off. It’s got a nice sized ding right below the muffler. It cleaned up real good. Warts and all.
Don’t put this drum in a museum. Put it on a stand and start knockin’ the crap out of it. Don’t worry. It loves playing rough and take take anything you can throw at it and keep smiling the whole time.
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