Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum Chrome LM402
The Ludwig Supraphonic LM402 has to be on this list because it hold its own in most genres of music but excels when used for rock and other heavier styles; however, the six and a half-inch size has enough body to blend into lighter styles of music. Its crisp attack is the ideal snare drum sound for rock music, but it is able to speak in almost any setting. The shell is beaded aluminum and is chrome-plated to give the drum its signature look and sound.
The drum is available with a choice of imperial or tube lugs but I prefer the imperial lugs because they’re slightly more durable and quite frankly have the look one associates with the Supraphonic snare drum. This drum is also available in several different sizes and which choice of a hammered or smooth shell. I prefer the 6.5x14 inch smooth shell because of the big sound that still blends well while the hoops are extremely solid and will stay in round. While this drum is expensive, the high price point is justifiable because it’s one of the best sounding drums on the market.