Today we are featuring a classic late 1970s Ludwig Acrolite snare drum.
These snare drums have always been regarded among drummers as a studio favourite. I remember English drummer Bob Henrit (Argent, Kinks) telling me that his go to snare drum in the studio, during the 1960s and 1970s was an Acrolite. He may take other snare drums into the studio, but if the drum sound wasn’t working, he could always reach for his Acrolite and it would sound great. People sometimes talk about these drums like they’ve recently become really popular, but they’ve been loved for decades.
This particular snare that we have at the shop is in original condition. A previous owner has engraved his name in the top hoop, but that doesn’t affect the sound. It still sounds great! More details and images on Nick Hopkin Drums website.
Ludwig Vistalite ‘Big Beat’
This stunning 1979 ‘Big Beat’ Vistalite has just gone online at Nick Hopkin Drums.
22×14, 12×8, 13×9, 16×16 and matching snare drum in blue.
This 1979 Vistalite set recently arrived at the shop, and its a real head turner. The shells are in great cosmetic condition, with no issues – no cracks, no splits, no crazing. There are a few minor scratches from use, but hey, this kit is nearly 40 years old.
It’s so nice to see a set like this still complete with the matching snare; all drums have pointy Blue/Olive badges and serial numbers that suggest 1979 to date. The back rods and claws on the bass drum are non-original, and the bass drum hoops are metal with black inlay, but otherwise everything is present and correct. A real stunner to look at, and exactly what you’d expect sound wise from an acrylic kit from the Golden Age of drums. More information and photos on the Nick Hopkin Drums website. This kit is sold with the snare drum and ships worldwide.
Kicking of the week with a classic snare of the day, the Ludwig LM402.
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.
With the rise in popularity of the 6 lug vintage snare drum, we take a quick look at some of these drums that were introduced as a budget student range. The Ludwig Pioneer and Slingerland Deluxe Student model, have equally become go-to snares for many studio players looking for a drum with a different characteristic to conventional 8 and 10 lug snare drums. Once overlooked as being ‘low end’ these drums are fast becomming classic snares worth having in the collection of any working drummer.
Here’s a short video of some of the snare drums we have at Nick Hopkin Drums – They are all tuned to about the same (75 bottom, 75-80 on a drum dial) although age of heads and type of wires do add character. Filmed on an ipad with a simple Zoom iQ5 microphone.
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.
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.
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.