Vintage Ludwig Supraphonic. 35 years old: 1984 made in Chicago shortly before they moved the factory to Monroe, North Carolina. I acquired this drum from drum "fixer-upper" Leroy Clay here in the Memphis area. Nashville drummer Chris Franz alerted me to the listing and I called Leroy. We became fast friends, as drummers tend to do! This drum and another one just like it were in very bad shape and were being thrown in the dumpster by one of the area schools. Leroy was in the right place at the right time to salvage them. He sold both of them to me and one ended up in Chris Franz's hands. The bowtie lugs are factory installed, not a later modification. The bowties were usually installed on Acrolite "student" models. Supraphonics normally have Imperial lugs which are a little more art deco. Occasionally Ludwig would be short on Imperials and substitute the bow tie lugs which were the only ones that would fit over the bead on the metal drums. I cleaned the "living snot" out of this drum and replaced missing parts. I used a number of cleaners: Metal Rescue Rust Bath, WD40, and Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloths with lots of elbow grease to get it to shine. Both drums had a sticker on them that said "property of Newark High School" with a serial number.d I've never had a 6.5 x 14 Supraphonic. Quite a few 5.5 x 14s both regular snares and super sensitive snare strainers. In fact, my second snare drum I owned when I was a kid was a brand new shiny Supraphonic that came with a Ludwig Pro Beat kit that my dad bought me when I was seventeen. I wish I still had that set, but then I wish I had most of the kits I ever owned. :-) Here's the big question: How does it sound? It sounds killer! Makes me sound like John Bonham when I play it !!!
Listing created May 17, 2020