Ludwig 5x14 Supraphonic 1980s Chrome

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  • $200$285

One of the most popular snares in history, the Ludwig Supraphonic can be heard on countless recordings from the 1960s onward. Valued for its bright attack and clarity, the Supraphonic is a favorite of drummers from jazz to metal.

The 1980-1983 models feature the rounded-corner Blue & Olive badge (pictured), drums from 1984 feature the Large Keystone "Chicago" badge. In 1985 production began at Ludwig's new plant in Monroe, NC. Drums from this point onwards feature the Large Keystone "Monroe" badge.

Years of production: 1958-present

Composition: Single-piece beaded aluminum shell

Finish: Polished chrome

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