This Ludwig Limited Edition Solid Ply Tulipwood Snare Drum is a very special instrument. This is a result of over a year of research and development. DCP brought together two of the oldest and iconic names in the drum business - Ludwig drums and Noble & Cooley - to bring this special snare drum to the marketplace. This amazing drum is only available at Drum Center of Portsmouth!
Ludwig is the undisputed king of snare drums. The Ludwig snare drum legacy is built on their seamless metal snare drums, like the Supraphonic and Black Beauty models. Their wood snare drums don't get as much attention despite being excellent snare drums. The void in the Ludwig snare line is a wood shell studio workhorse; a steam-bent, solid ply snare drum that has that growl and body, like the old Slingerland Radio King Snare Drums.
When it comes to steam-bending snare drums, Noble & Cooley has likely bent more shells than any other current manufacturer. As America's oldest drum company, their wood working expertise has yielded some of the most classic snare drum sounds ever laid down on tape.
When the topic came up for a Ludwig snare drum powered by Noble and Cooley, we decided to try all of their snare drum shells and sent them to Ludwig, who cut the bearing edges and beds, and ultimately concluded that the magic shell was Tulipwood. When Noble & Cooley produced drums for the Civil War (!), the shells were made of Tulipwood.
That's exactly what this is: a slice of American drum manufacturing in present day, captured in time. If we look back at the classic Ludwig Snare drums, especially commemorative ones, it's easy to see that they become highly sought after collector's items. If you consider the fact that this is a co-op with America's oldest drum company, Noble and Cooley, well, it's safe to say that this is not only an outstanding sounding snare drum, but a great investment piece. Take care of this drum, and it will take care of you.
Please note: Ludwig tags each one of these snare drums with a serial number on a label adhered to the inside of the shell. This label features a header that says "Classic Maple" even though this is not a maple drum.
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