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.

Snare of the day

Ludwig Pioneer, 1965

Let’s kick off spring at Nick Hopkin drums with getting back to the daily blogging. Hopefully, someone out there enjoys these brief snippets of info about some of the amazing stock of vintage drums and accessories we have stacked floor to ceiling?

Today’s featured drum landed yesterday; mid 196o’s Ludwig Pioneer.

Ludwig Pioneer snare drum, 1965 at Nick Hopkin Drums www.nickhopkindrums.com

This 3 ply Mahogany shell snare drum is in great original condition, with nickel on brass hoops and nickel hardware that has aged nicely ie, its got that lovely vintage mojo about it without falling apart or looking scruffy! Fitted with the Ludwig P83 snare strainer and original red felt ‘baseball bat’ tone control muffler, this drum just oozes vintage…White interior and keystone Ludwig badge with serial number 101659 dates this drum around 1965.

Fitted with Remo heads and some brand new vintage stock 12 strand wires (not Ludwig) this drum tunes up really nicely and sounds great. In natural mahogany it looks pretty cool too! More info on the website where you can buy it – we offer worldwide shipping on all items (shipping calculated at checkout).

Snare of the day

Ludwig Bronze Supraphonic

Today’s snare of the day comes courtesy of Ludwig – a stunning Bronze Supraphonic.

Ludwig Bronze Supraphonic at Nick Hopkin Drums

Featuring a 14 x 5″ smooth bronze shell, this drum comes fitted with all original hardware; 10 Imperial  lugs, P85 snare strainer, triple flange hoops and Monroe badge. Serial number is 3395464.

The bronze on this shell is dull compared to others I have in the shop, possibly it’s lost it’s lacquer? Either way it has a kind of aged vibe to it which I really like. Fitted with Aquarian heads and Puresound wires, this drum tunes up easily and sounds great right across the tuning range. Great stick response and a bright open sound tuned higher, a nice fat warm tone tuned lower.

More information and photo’s of this lovely Ludwig snare drum on our website where we offer worldwide shipping on all our vintage drums, accessories and spare parts.