- Feb 12, 2016
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Bingo!When Ludwig uses the sale line "the most recorded drum in history" they are/were referring to aluminum shelled drums because that is what they were selling at the time. The vast majority of Ludwig 400 model snare drums were made of aluminum. The precursor to the Supraphonic, the Ludwig Super, was made of brass. That drum was made for about 5 years (1958-1963). Tho the drums look outwardly similar the shell construction was quite different between the two. The brass drums used a rolled shell with a seam and crimped in snare beds. The aluminum shells are spun seamless with a very gradual bed. The aluminum drum has been in production from 1963 to present and vastly outnumbers the brass version. Eventually Ludwig did bring brass back in the form of the black beauty in 1977 and later a new COB version. These drums share the seamless shell design and are therefore still different than the Supers. Really no other snare has been produced in the kind of numbers that the aluminum supra has ( except for its little brother the acro, which uses the same shell) and it is by virtue of these sheer production numbers that Ludwig can make the "most recorded" claim. It seems that in the late 60s on thru the 70s and into the 80s almost everyone was using Supras as their snare. Since then the amount of choices available have somewhat diluted the Supras stature but they are still pretty common. So if your goal is for the most recorded you probably want an aluminum 400.