VERY RARE ONE-OF-KIND (times 2) LUDWIG SUPRAPHONIC SNARE DRUM!

Stretch Riedle

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Ok, it could be a real long story but I'll make it briefer...
My buddy Larry Archer just retired, and for a few years now has been working with a few of us here in Santa Cruz, California by working on our drums [refinishes, rebuilds, repairs, etc.]. He has woodworking skills from when he was young. Well, recently he decided he wanted to MAKE drums from scratch. He has begun by making Stave drums in his garage shop. I own an 18-piece Redwood 5.5x14 and a 30-piece Curly Maple 5.5x14. They sound great.

Well, one day he decided to make a Birch 5.5x14 Supraphonic Stave drum. He completed it, and I got excited enough to ask him to make me one. He decided to make it out of Black Maple, also 5.5x14. I even requested an internal muffler on it. He took the parts off the Birch one and sold it to me complete and ready to play. And since I was interested, he also sold me the original prototype Birch shell, which I added all of the parts to. Both drums have reinforcing rings. The Black Maple sounds more like a metal shell, and the Birch sounds more like a wood shell, which of course it is!

He said he's not making any more of them. So I am the proud owner of the ONLY wood Supraphonic snare drums that exist...!!!
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HOW INCREDIBLE COOL!!!! Congrats on two VERY unique additions to the family! I think of all the custom built drums I have seen, I do not recall ever seeing a wood shell Supraphonic!
 

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That walnut one is gonna haunt me. Those like awesome!
 

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I think that's the coolest rare drum I've ever seen. Congrats on those.
 

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Ok, it could be a real long story but I'll make it briefer...
My buddy Larry Archer just retired, and for a few years now has been working with a few of us here in Santa Cruz, California by working on our drums [refinishes, rebuilds, repairs, etc.]. He has woodworking skills from when he was young. Well, recently he decided he wanted to MAKE drums from scratch. He has begun by making Stave drums in his garage shop. I own an 18-piece Redwood 5.5x14 and a 30-piece Curly Maple 5.5x14. They sound great.

Well, one day he decided to make a Birch 5.5x14 Supraphonic Stave drum. He completed it, and I got excited enough to ask him to make me one. He decided to make it out of Walnut, also 5.5x14. I even requested an internal muffler on it. He took the parts off the Birch one and sold it to me complete and ready to play. And since I was interested, he also sold me the original prototype Birch shell, which I added all of the parts to. Both drums have reinforcing rings. The Walnut sounds more like a metal shell, and the Birch sounds more like a wood shell, which of course it is!

He said he's not making any more of them. So I am the proud owner of the ONLY wood Supraphonic snare drums that exist...!!!
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DAYUM! Those are beautiful drums! Birch has the best grain pattern, I think!
 

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Those are absolutely amazing!
Congrats on owning such a rare gem. If that's not an heirloom instrument, I don't know what is.
I would love to hear one (or both) of them.
 

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Absolutely stunning, especially the walnut! Like everyone else, I'd love to hear them.
 

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Very, very cool. They look absolutely awesome. Just as a friendly bit of overly cautious advice, I doubt that anyone at Ludwig would be very excited about them...
 

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Those are beautiful Stretch.
Congrats on your acquisitions. :thumbup:
 


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