Snare of the week

Ludwig Jazz Festival

As I regularly get asked for recommendations on snare drums, and advice on getting vintage sounds in the studio,I thought I’d start a weekly column discussing various classic and vintage drums with some accompanying video content.

First up I’m going to take a look at the Ludwig Jazz festival; a timeless classic, this model became Ludwig’s most popular wood shell snare drum of all time. It became the backbeat to Rock n’ Roll alongside the metal shell ‘Supraphonic 400’ and sold in huge quantity in the 1960s due to a certain drummer named Ringo. (Note: Ringo’s drum was a mid-60’s drum but with a 5.5” depth shell – read more here).

Introduced around 1960, this 3-ply 8 lug snare drum evolved from a snare drum that Ludwig were producing in the 1950’s. Ludwig produced the ‘New Swingster Dance Model’ snare which was 14 x 5.5”, later renaming it the ‘Barret Deems Model’ (1956). By 1960 it had been re-named the ‘Jazz festival’ and the shell was half inch shorter at 14×5”.

We have a selection of these wonderful drums in the shop, in a variety of colours and with different features according to age – with and without internal tone control muffler, nickel and chrome hardware options. As I’m sure you’ll agree, these drums sound amazing and remain a firm favourite in the recording studio as a ‘go-to’ drum.

If you are looking to begin your vintage snare collection, or you are looking for a classic vintage sound in the studio, then this would be a great starting point. Here’s a video of some of the Ludwig Jazz Festival snares we have in stock…

 

All the drums featured in our video are available to buy on our website; we accept paypal and all major credit cards and all items ship Worldwide. I hope you found the words and the video helpful in searching for your sound.

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Snare of the day

Ludwig LM402

Kicking of the week with a classic snare of the day, the Ludwig LM402.

Ludwig 402 snare drum, 1969-70 available at Nick Hopkin Drums, www.nickhopkindrums.com

This model snare drum made infamous by the late John Henry Bonham, the 6.5″ Ludwig Supraphonic. This drum has become a classic, iconic Rock snare drum. There’s a reason for that; it sounds great! These drums are becoming rarer to source in the UK, I think once in the collection they tend to be a ‘keeper’. This one landed fresh from the USA just before Christmas. Blue/Olive badge with a serial number dating it around 1969/70.

This particular drum even has a vintage Ludwig resonant head and snare wires. Original P85 black face strainer, original hoops, rods…. some wear to the chrome due to substantial use, I’d say. It may not be the most cosmetically perfect snare drum to look at, but it sure sounds good.

More information about this snare drum on the website – all items ship Worldwide.

Snare of the day

Ludwig Supraphonic 400

This fine Ludwig Supraphonic 400 snare drum arrived at the shop this week with some more gear….

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The most recorded snare drum of all time, this drum has loads of tone; together with the invention  of the plastic drum head, this drum was the sound of Rock & Roll. This particular drum dates around 1976 by the serial number on the Blue/Olive badge. All hardware is original and fully functional. Some chrome pitting on the shell which is common on these drums.

It tunes up and sounds great right across the tuning range. We have more coming soon, but right now this is the only one in stock – don’t miss out! More details here.

Snare of the day

Ludwig Classic Maple

This awesome Ludwig Classic maple snare drum recently arrived at the shop about 6 weeks ago,  I’ve played it a couple times previously and fallen in love with it!

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I picked this drum up a couple months ago from a collector, who let me have a load of Ludwig snare drums! All kept cased, dry, in lovely condition. Sometimes I myself find it a bit overwhelming walking into the shop as we have a huge stock of vintage snares; so often, great drums get overlooked for more common models. This is one of those drums. 14 x 6.5″ 6 ply Maple shell, in black wrap, immaculate – not a scratch on the drum, all original hardware and best of all it sounds amazing!

I’ve got the drum tuned medium with a twin ply Remo PS3 coated and Puresound wires. It gives a lovely classic rock tone, with plenty of weight and warmth. Tune it higher and you’d achieve a much brighter sounds; tune it way down low with a gel and you can get that fat, low punch.

There’s a short video of it on my Instagram and more details with International shipping options on the website.

Snare of the day

Ludwig Black Beauty 6.5″

OK, so it’s midnight and I’m writing a very late / early ‘snare of the day’ feature on this Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum. Maybe you’re just crashing in from the pub (UK) or maybe you’ve just finished your week in work (USA); I’m sat in bed with a cup of tea listening to Pink Floyd!

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There’s a reason so many people go on about the Black Beauty snare drum. Many owners are no longer searching for that snare drum sound because they’ve found it. Believe the hype! This 14 x 6.5″ sounds stunning and may quench your snare thirst for a little while…

This particular drum dates from the 90’s and is fitted with a super sensitive strainer. For me, this means the drum so much more to offer; the classic brass Black Beauty sound along with great sensitivity of the wires and the ability to finely tune the buzz to get an almost perfect snare sound. I could go on. But simply this drum sounds awesome. Last Black Beauty in the shop, no more en route at the moment. More information on the website

Snare of the day

Ludwig 400 ‘Super Sensitive’

Tail end of last week, this stunning mid 60’s Ludwig 400 Super Sensitive arrived…

Ludwig 400 Super Sensitive snare drum 1966 at Nick Hopkin Drums www.nickhopkindrums.com

It belonged to a local jazz drummer, John Gibbon, who has had this in his collection for years but no longer uses it. Time for a new home! Keystone badge, serial number 29716 dates this drum around 1966. It is in original condition, bar the heads and snare wires. Complete, functional parallel snare mechanism, white felt tone control muffler, chrome on brass hoops.

This drum suffers from the common pitting to the shell, although its not too bad. It tunes up easily and sounds lovely right across the tuning range. If you’re looking for that classic supraphonic sound with a little more sensitivity from the wires, then this is your drum! More info on the website

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…

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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.