Originally Posted by Les Ismore
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.
I agree. It's actually why I sought out a Supra. Or at least something "vintage-y".
I play mostly jazz and blues; I don't think I play a song recorded after the mid-60's. When I take something other than the maple snare, it's my 400.
It's funny, when I was looking for a metal snare a few years ago, I didn't really want something every other drummer had. I asked a friend of mine to pose the "Which snare?" on one of his recording/engineer forums. By far, most of the responses came back with a Ludwig Supraphonic.
I believe I would have ended up with it anyway. I have always really dug the sound of it even before I knew what model it was...even before I played drums. That goes for both the 400 and 402.