To say Ludwig is a well-known name in the world of drums would be a vast understatement; they've been one of the most trusted drum kit manufacturers in the United States since 1909. From that point on, Ludwig acoustic drums have shared stages and studio time with countless industry heavyweights, including Ginger Baker, Buddy Rich, Marky Ramone and Questlove. In fact, Ludwig's biggest break was definitely in 1964 when The Beatles played to 73-million lucky viewers on The Ed Sullivan Show. Simply put, Ludwig acoustic drums are ideal for any percussionist with aspirations of stardom.
So with all this in mind, what exactly are you looking for? Obviously the right choice for you will depend on what drum you currently need, and what kind of sound you prefer. Of course, it never hurts to make an upgrade in the snare department, and the Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum is considered by many to be one of the finest drums ever constructed. Boasting a seamless, one piece brass beaded shell, a classic P-85 snare throw-off and an antique black anodized shell with chrome hardware, this beauty delivers a metallic-yet-warm sound to complement its stunning craftsmanship.
Speaking of Questlove, the hip hop/neo soul drummer has even collaborated with Ludwig to create his own signature shell pack. A setup that's compact enough to fit in an apartment, cab or coffeehouse, the Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack is a perfect choice for any gigging, urban percussionist. The 7-ply poplar shells produce a focused attack, the 45-degree bearing edge ensures a fast shell response and the triple-flanged hoops hold up amazingly through countless rimshots. As a bonus, this killer 4-piece shell pack comes with velvet stage bags, so you can transport these bad boys to and from stages and rehearsal rooms effortlessly.
In addition to the two items mentioned, Ludwig's catalog is jam-packed with other impressive choices. From maple and brass snares to Liverpool 4 floor toms, bass drums and even complete sets with cymbals, you really do owe it to yourself to check out everything Ludwig has in store. No doubt - when you're ready to take your drum performance to the next level, Ludwig can lead you there.