NAMM 2019: Ludwig celebrates 110th birthday
Ludwig is celebrating its 110th birthday this year by launching two limited edition Anniversary kits, Anniversary snare drums and new snare drum ranges.
Heading the Anniversary kits is the Legacy Mahogany Kit available in FAB sizes (20,12,14) and limited to only 20 pieces worldwide. It features a birdseye maple dyed veneer with inlaid dyed koto wood diamonds. An additional 14×6.5” snare drum will also be available. The Legacy Mahogany Van Buren is named after Ludwig’s first showroom in Chicago and comes in Pro Beat sizes (24,13,16). The new natural mahogany finish comes complete with maple wood hoops and inlay. An additional 18” floor tom and 14×6.5” snare drum will also be available.
The Ludwig Black Beauty is the company’s most respected snare and for 110th Anniversary Ludwig has launched a model in its original form. Featuring 8 brass trimmed lugs and a brass single flanged hoop, this snare drum is a nod to the Black Beauty’s original form. Available in both 14×5” and 14×6.5” but again with limited production.
The Heirloom Black Brass Anniversary Snare, available in 14×5.5” and 14×7”, has a brushed black brass shell fitted with brass hardware. Production for these models is limited to 2019.
The Aged Exotic Avodire snare drums completes the line up of Anniversary snares. A 10 ply maple shell, with Chrome Die Cast hoops and tube lugs, finished in a high gloss lacquered Avodire veneer. Limited to 100 pieces worldwide.
Meanwhile, Ludwig is introducing new snare drum ranges as well, led by the Jazz Fest, a retro inspired 14×5.5” snare drum complete with an iconic baseball bat internal muffler. It’s available in a range of 4 classic finishes, Black Galaxy, Vintage Black Oyster, Vintage Blue Oyster and Mod Orange.
Completing the range of new drums is the Super Series Snare Drums. Available in Chrome over Brass or Lacquered Brass shells, 14×5” or 14×6.5” sizes and fitted with retro Nickel Hardware as a nod to the original Ludwig snare drums.
Also launched for 2019 is the Ludwig Drum Rug. Featuring the famous Ludwig script logo and Keystone badge design. It comes with a non-slip rubber bottom and a Velcro fastener.
Finally, six new drum finishes have also been announced. White Strata, Avocado Strata, Burgundy Mist, Copper Rose Mist wraps for all American made shells, (excluding NeuSonic). Vintage Mahogany stain for all Legacy mahogany shells and Coral Red for the NeuSonic.
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