Originally Posted by mandrew
I think it safe to say that the supra has earned its reputation, not because a few say so, but because a generation or two have voted that way with their money, from drummers to engineers. Best is impossible to define, but they HAVE earned their reputation, to the point that other companies felt the need to copy.
This is true, but partly by default. In the 60's 70's there weren't as many competing snare drums on the market, there were truckloads of LUDWIGS, everyone had one and by default gigged, recorded with them hence their popularity on vinyl of the era.
That being said and the fact the drums design virtually hasn't change makes the drum dated sonically IMO. I was over, tired of the sound in the 70's.
Any up and coming drummer's snare sound is not going to be heard as new/original if they play a 400/402, their sound is old news already IMO.
If you want ('need') to sound like a million other drummers past, than do get a 400/402.
The BUDWISER of snare drums.