In every studio and on every stage, there was a Ludwig drum.

This month I’m looking at a snare drum that is becoming very popular here in the UK, the Ludwig Pioneer.

By the time the 1964 Ludwig catalogue came out, many of the drum’s features had been upgraded.

It can easily be argued that Ludwig either directly, or indirectly helped shape both music and modern drum manufacturing for decades to come. An idea for the first American made floor foot pedal came to production through brothers William F. This new product was well received by the industry, resulting in high regard for the newly established brand, Ludwig & Ludwig. Newly branded and established as the Ludwig Drum Co, no longer WFL, a concept formulated early on would shape the sound of music to come..concept of the 3-ply shell.

Soon thereafter, Ludwig & Ludwig would design, distribute, and manufacture all things drums and percussion: snares, bass drums, drum heads, hardware, and into the evolved trap kit. was determined to carry on the business that he'd established. would do everything possible to remain a prominent figure in the drum and percussion industry. Unable to reconcile his feeling about drum production and management, William F. It was the design of 3ply classic shells, wrapped in stunning décor, which left a lasting impression on drummers for years to come.

The company’s sales more than doubled in two years from 6.1 million to 13.1 million dollars.

Ludwig drums were in such high in demand that proper lumber for classic shell molds were becoming scarce.

I have a set of Ludwig Legacy Classics with the maple / poplar 3-ply and was just wondering how different the WFL drums would be.

From what I have read, the mahogany shells might sound warmer than the maple versions, but may project a little less. I owned a 1973 Ludwig kit that still had the mahogany/poplar/mahogany 3-ply structure in the traditional floor tom and the two bass drums. The rack toms were concert toms and I could not swear they were built the same although they did have a mahogany finish.

Today it no longer has the budget tag – here in the UK the drum is becoming a very popular choice for use in the studio.

The drum is made up of a 3 ply shell with maple reinforcement rings.

If you play technically you sound like everybody else.

Ludwig innovation exists as forerunners to modern drum manufacturing.

It leads to an extraordinary impact, reaching a pinnacle in the 1960’s. By 1960, these concepts, amongst others, would reach a pinnacle under the re-acquired, Ludwig Drum Co.