Vintage Circa 1974 Ludwig 14″ x 5″ 400 Supraphonic


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Vintage Circa 1974 Ludwig 14″ x 5″ 400 Supraphonic Snare Drum

Classic chunky THWACK out of this one! It’s got a broad low-mid timbre but with with ample bite. Ludwig 400s are the world’s most recorded snare drum for good reason. They’re the ultimate chameleon. A bright attack, classic metal drum? Done. Fat’n it up, dry it out and get a proper woody thump? No problem. Choose your heads and tune it right, you can pull so many sounds out of these things. These old Luddy snare drums all sound a little different. Vintage tone from all of them, sure. Tuning versatility, almost all of them. Versatility of application, 100 %! This particular snare drum was most comfortable sitting in a medium tuning but we put med-high as that’s where many of you guys seem to like ’em. If you want to hear this thing, we’ll put up a video on our Instagram shortly (adc_drums). This drum has that classic timbre that we hear across so much popular music, from the 1960s, right up until today. Many of these vintage Ludwig snare drums that we sell do end up going to recording studios. This tub has a warm, deep textbook tone. Fat backbeats are this thing’s strength. Classic Ludalloy-shelled drum.


Good condition, although good and pitted! When Ludwig changed the shell composition in midway through 1968 to stop these drums from pitting, they thought they had sorted it but we now know better! If these old Luddies were gigged, they will be pitted. This drum will likely have been played plenty as it is good and pitted! Tarnish on the hoops, bit of all of gigwear, missing the damper, but actual damage? There’s nothing to speak of. This has clearly been well looked after though as the strainer itself is lovely and smooth. Ludwig’s ‘Anti-Galvanic’ stamps are nice and clear inside. There’s basically nothing else to say apart from what is right! P-85, smooth as you like. All original, apart from the heads and wires. Fresh Aquarian Textured Coated batter over a random no-brand hazy and wires on it but this tub sounds great – we wouldn’t change any of it unless you need to.

Serial number #1117625. As many of you may know, it’s hard to date these drums around this period but considering the features and the serial number, we’d put this in 1974, but it could be as late as ’76.

Great drum, great sound, ready to play!


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***There are no other drums/cases or hardware included with this lot, only what is listed above, ONLY.***