Snare of the day

Ludwig Symphonic

Looks can be deceiving… this re-wrapped, restored 60’s Ludwig Symphonic snare drum landed at the shop and has blown me away! I want to keep it…


This drum is a 14 x 6.5″ 3 ply shell with re-cut edges, re-wrapped in black at some point since it came out the factory in the early 1960’s. All hardware is original – 8 individual lugs top and bottom, Classic snare strainer, pre-serial badge. The interior is a bit shabby and the there’s no dampener, but who needs one when it sounds like this?

I love playing all the snares that come through the shop, usually at the end of a long day, but occassioanlly one grabs my attention more than the others. This is one. I’ve tried it at all tuning, wide open and totally gel’d and it just sounds awesome. Stick a wallet on it for a fat thud. Tune it high and the response and tone is amazing. Someone grab this one before I keep it!

More details on this drum here.


Snare of the day

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Hayman Vibrasonic, late 1960’s

This stunning Hayman Vibrasonic snare drum is one for both the players and collectors out there.


This drum is wrapped in Silver Ignot and dates to the late 1960’s.┬áThe snare strainer and tone control dampener owe a lot to it’s American counterparts of the era. The turret lugs, whilst at a glance looking like Camco, on closer inspection are their own.

The top hoop on this particular drum is non original, but in keeping with the style of the original hoops; all other hardware is original and period correct. The white interior vibrasonic paint is immaculate. The drum tunes up nicely and sounds great at all tuning.

More details and lots of images on Nick Hopkin Drums website, where we offer worldwide shipping at checkout (we accept all major credit cards and paypal).

Snare of the day

Olympic Discus, Gold Glitter

This classic English snare drum landed at the shop yesterday – a 1960’s Olympic Discus snare drum.


A good friend of mine in another drum shop in the UK came across this gem and knew I’d find a new home for it. It’s in great original condition, originally it would have been gold glitter but its faded to what is often described as ginger beer.

Launched in the mid 60’s, this 14 x 3.5″ snare drum was advertised as offering a high pitched crack with lightening response. The shell is 3 ply birch with reinforcement hoops, popular among English drummers in the 60’s.

All hardware on this particular drum is completely original. The Beer Tap snare strainer, the deep Olympic hoops (suffering from a little pitting to the chrome, but in round and much nicer than modern replacements), slot tension rods and the small rectangular art deco lugs.

A nice addition to your collection or maybe you have the kit to match and have been looking for a snare? It’s available on the website with Worldwide shipping.