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Common Supraphonic Questions

 

Should I buy a vintage Supra?

That of course is a personal preference but you can find older supras for a great price on eBay. Search Supraphonic Snare Drums on Ebay.

Should I buy a new Supra?

A lot of drummers that have vintage supras also buy new ones to have in their collection. They are very nice drums!

How much should I pay for a Supra?

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1. Early WFL and Transition Badge Supras that are brass shells can and have sold between $600 and $1000 depending on the economy. Currently we are at the lower level. This also depends on the depth of the drum. The 6 1/2 Shell Supras usually go for more money. Condition is important, dents can be taken out, scratches will change the value.

2. Pre-Serial number keystone badge brass Supraphonic Snare Drums also sell in the $600 - $1000 range. (This was prior to the economy change of 2009. Do not expect to get that high dollar value for your drum). The 6 1/2" Shell Supras usually go for more money. Condition is important, dents can be taken out, scratches will change the value.

3. Keystone Badge with the serial number with a Ludalloy shell very in price based on condition.

5" Depth Supraphonic Snare Drums

Poor Condition - $50 - $100
Pits and scratches - $125 - $200
Some Pits - $200 - ?
Excellent - Mint Condition $200 - $400

6 1/2" Depth Supraphonic Snare Drums

Poor Condition - $100 - ?
Pits and scratches - $200 - $300
Some Pits - $300 - ?
Excellent - Mint Condition $400 - $600

These are just rough values. You can find these drums at garage sales for much less if you are lucky. The prices above are eBay values and they change.

What is the best Supra?

That is an easy answer! Any Supra is the best!

Can I fix pits on the shell?

Nope! Once you see a pit, it can't be fixed unless the drum is re-chromed.

Should I re-chrome my Supra?

Unless you own your own shop then I usually tell people not to re-chrome. If you want to spend that kind of money then go buy another one. Another thing people do is remove the chrome and leave it the bare aluminum. (It should be protected)

You will even see Supras that people powder coat, paint and even add finishes to the panels above and below the center bead.

 

 

 

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