Snare of the day

Ludwig Supraphonic 400

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


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

Super Ludwig snare drum

This early 60’s Ludwig Super Ludwig has arrived at the shop and sounds stunning…


The Super Ludwig preceded the Supraphonic 400 and consists of a chrome over brass shell with brass hoops. Pre-serial keystone badge, small round knob tone control muffler, P83 snare strainer. This drum is in great condition cosmetically, with just a few scratches and minor marks from being loved and played.

This drum tunes up easily and sounds great. There’s a short video of it in action on our Instagram and more information and photos on the website.

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!


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 Hammered Brass 5″

Today’s featured drum in the shop is a Ludwig Hammered Brass 5″ which is in amazing condition and sounds so good! I only wish I could keep them all…


This 14×5″ hammered snare is fitted with the super sensitive snare strainer and all original hardware. The drum has no issues whatsoever, its hard to believe its a few decades old! The snare tunes up with ease and sounds great right across the range. The brass shell gives this drum a warmth to its tone, not so dissimilar to a Black Beauty; the hammering gives it a nice bright sound, with plenty of bite, much brighter than a regular chrome over aluminium supraphonic 400.

Overall, a great snare drum to add to your collection. In stunning condition, these hammered brass snares aren’t the sort of drum that drift into the shop regularly. Give us a call if you want to come & try it for yourself – +44 (0)1873739138

We offer International shipping on all items if you’re outside the UK. More information on the website and a short video on our Instagram.

Snare of the day

Ludwig Hammered Bronze

OK, so I arrived back in the UK after an amazing time at Chicago Drum Show, catching up with some great friends and buying loads of stock which will be heading to the shop soon. Back to featuring some stunning snares as they arrive, today’s choice a Hammered Bronze Ludwig…

Ludwig Hammered Bronze 6.5 Snare drum available at Nick Hopkin Drums

This drum comes to us in amazing condition, part of a larger personal collection that was kept cased and well looked after. This is a Monroe badge drum in 14 x 6.5″ with original hardware. The shell is in excellent condition, the drum fitted with original Ludwig heads and wires.

I tuned this drum up medium/high and it just sang – great stick response right across the head and a lovely tone, with a crisp bite when played with a rimshot. Tuned down with a gel it sounds fatter with a bit more warmth than a regular 402. Wow, what a stunner!

This snare is available on the website with International shipping calculated at checkout. We accept all major credit cards alongside Paypal. Don’t miss this one!

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

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…


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.