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Ludwig Snare Drum

Ludwig Supra-Phonic LM400
Ludwig Supra-Phonic LM400
General Specs
Alloy: Chrome Over Aluminum
Size: 5 x 14 inches
Years in use: 1960s ???
Ludwig Super Sensitive COB
Ludwig Super Sensitive COB
General Specs
Alloy: Chrome Over Brass
Diameter: 5 x 14 inches
Years in use: 1968 - 1969
Ludwig Supra-Phonic LM402
Ludwig Supra-Phonic LM402
General Specs
Alloy: Chrome Over Aluminum
Diameter: 6.5 x 14 inches
Years in use: 1969 - 1973 & 1980
Ludwig Black Beauty Supra-Phonic LB417
Ludwig Black Beauty Supra-Phonic LB417
General Specs
Alloy: Chrome Over Brass
Diameter: 6.5 x 14 inches
Years in use: 1975 - 1977
John Bonham preferred using Ludwig Supra-Phonic snare drums. Although he preferred aluminum shells in his snare drums, some of the snare drums he used with early drumkits, such as the Ludwig Black Diamond Pearl, had shells made of brass.

Instead of the 20-strand snares, Bonham used 42-strand snares. He rarely changed drum heads, unless absolutely necessary, as he liked the well-played sound. The top drum head was tuned extremely high, higher than the snare side and the snares were loosened slightly, allowing the natural sound of the drum to come through.
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