Do PS Blaster Wires really make that much of a difference

kenshireen1

Very well Known Member
Joined
Dec 6, 2013
Messages
540
Reaction score
10
Location
atl
I play a supra with stock luddy wires... 1960.
I have Blaster wires on some of my other snares and they sound great.
Would it improve the response or sonics on the supra.

Thank you
 

EvEnStEvEn

~Lounge Lizard~
Joined
Aug 4, 2005
Messages
17,367
Reaction score
1,662
Location
Oklur Homer
If you already have some Blasters you should try them on the Supra but I'm inclined to think Lud wires will work the best on Lud drums.
 

mgdrummer

DFO Veteran
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Messages
2,088
Reaction score
230
Location
St Charles, IL
Personally I prefer the Puresound Custom wires on metal snares. They seem to pick up/translate more finesse from your playing than the Blasters. The Blasters are fine for heavier backbeat playing and I’ve used them in the past for that application.
 

bongomania

DFO Master
Joined
Oct 16, 2008
Messages
3,632
Reaction score
594
Location
Portland, OR
Different wires do make a difference in the sound and response. The Puresound Blasters are just one option out of a hundred or more available. Sure, try them, but don't imagine they are the only upgrade option, or that they are in any way "the best".
 

scaramanga

Very well Known Member
Joined
Dec 1, 2006
Messages
824
Reaction score
143
Location
Fingerlakes, NY
I have heard Canopus Vintage wires on Supras and the result to my ears was spectacular. May be worth a try?
Seconded. I tried this and couldn't believe my ears. I thought I had a bum Supra until I did this and now its one of my favorite drums.
 
Last edited:

jptrickster

DFO Master
Joined
Mar 8, 2006
Messages
8,915
Reaction score
1,697
Location
Fairfield County
In an amplified live whole band situation I don't think anyone could tell the difference on any wires. It would probably come down to feel /stick response

YT shootouts

lvn the sound of these tubs
 
Last edited:

idrum4fun

DFO Veteran
Joined
Aug 25, 2009
Messages
1,924
Reaction score
321
Location
southern California
Almost any wire set works great with the Supra, or Acrolite, due to the wide and shallow beds. Makes it easy to experiment! Regardless of what Ludwig would have you believe, their snare wires, for a long time now, are just import wires from Taiwan. These can be purchased for as little as $5 online. The only difference is that these MIT wires don't have the "Ludwig" logo on the end pieces.

As others have mentioned, Canopus wires are excellent and were modeled after Slingerland's "snappy" wires. The PS Blasters have bent end plates, which help to draw the wires into the snare bed when tensioned. Very similar to some of the wires that Tama uses. However, this style really isn't necessary for Ludwig metal-shell snare drums.

-Mark
 

Buffalo_drummer

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 14, 2017
Messages
453
Reaction score
93
Location
Buffalo, NY
I have heard Canopus Vintage wires on Supras and the result to my ears was spectacular. May be worth a try?
I heard these on a BB and they sounded amazing. I've been contemplating getting them to try. They are pricey though.
 

blueshadow

Just Shuffling along
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Aug 5, 2005
Messages
12,948
Reaction score
781
Location
North of Austin, Texas
Seconded. I tried this and couldn't believe my ears. I thought I had a bum Supra until I did this and now its one of my favorite drums.
third! If the stock wires sound good then I would leave them but if you're going for something different I prefer the Canopus to the Puresounds. I haven't tried the blasters though only their regular wires which are good and do sound good I have a set of 30's on my 402, Canopus on my 5" black beauty and on my 6.5" Hammered Bronze.
 

charlesm

Very well Known Member
Joined
Oct 1, 2008
Messages
1,458
Reaction score
232
Location
NY-metro
On brighter drums, the Blasters have sometimes sounded a bit harsh. I've really come around to just sticking with the basic Puresounds or good-quality generic Snappy-type sets on everything. 20-strand. It seems like a fail-safe...always works for a great balance of snare and shell sound.
 

ThomFloor

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 18, 2017
Messages
450
Reaction score
155
I think Blasters vs. normal wires are more noticeable when playing alone, say snare rudiments and such. I had them on a Supra and they were very noticeable. But I agree in band context wire types are totally lost in the mix. The number of wires is a way bigger factor.
 

dangermoney

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 14, 2014
Messages
323
Reaction score
79
Location
Baton Rouge, LA
I have PS Blasters on my 70 supra and they sound fine to my ears. I agree with the suggestion to try them for yourself because after all it comes down to what you like and what inspires you to play ...
 

Latest posts



Top