Drummer Talk 184 – Getting Your Dream Kit

Drummer Talk 184 – Getting Your Dream Kit

Special guest, Troy Dares, joins Dave today as they talk about what you need to know if you’re ready to pull the trigger on getting that dream kit you’ve always wanted!  Show notes after the break!

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Ludwig Presents the Liverpool 4 Drum Kit

If you’re in the mood for some vintage gear, or gear that certainly appears vintage, this will be right up your alley. Ludwig has announced they are adding onto their Legacy line with a rendition of the kit Ringo Starr played on The Beatles’ groundbreaking Ed Sullivan Show appearance in 1964. Looks pretty nice to me. The only real news here is that Ludwig is releasing the Black Oyster Pearl finish with the Legacy line. I’m not gonna break the bank to get this kit, though.


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Ludwig and their Tattooed Kit

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As “the most famous name on drums” moves into its 100th Anniversary in 2009, Ludwig Drum proudly announces the limited collaboration Ludwig Corey Miller Signature Element Drum Kit. These special edition inaugural kits will only be available for a short time at select Ludwig dealers, and have a sound that is as dangerous as their look.

These drums feature the flash of world-renowned tattoo artist Corey Miller who is a true representation of the relationship tattoos have with Rock and Roll. Having entered the world of tattooing as a 15-year -old hoodlum punk rock drummer, Corey began his professional tattoo career at age 20 at Fat George’s Tattoo Gallery in LaPuente, California. Taking cues from famed artists such as Jack Rudy, Filip Leu and Suzanne Fauser, Corey’s stunningly realistic tattoo art have taken him all over the world, and made him one of the most sought-after purveyors of ink in modern times.

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Ludwig Releases Centennial Maple Series Drums

Source: Ludwig

Moving into the company’s 100th Anniversary in 2009, Ludwig Drum Co. proudly introduces new Centennial Series Maple Drums. An to answer the demands of today’s touring drummer, Centennial Series Drums start with 6-ply (toms and floor toms,) and 8-ply (snare and bass drums) North American Maple shells. Augmented with Ludwig’s new Classic Micro-Lug, Vibra-band mounting system on toms, and 2.3mm drum hoops, Centennial Series presents the road-worthy player with new ways to expand their spectrum of tone.

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Drummer Cafe Tribute to William F Ludwig II

Bart Elliott and the folks over at the Drummer Cafe have recently posted up a WONDERFUL written and video tribute to William F Ludwig II who just passed away.

The Ludwig legacy began in 1909 when William F. Ludwig Sr. and uncle, Theobald Ludwig, created the Ludwig & Ludwig Drum Company. The company was originally built around a bass drum pedal that the two brothers had invented for the working professional drummer. And by the 1920’s the Ludwig Drum Company had became the world’s largest drum manufacturing company.

It’s worth the time to check this out!

William F. Ludwig II, 1917-2008


William F. Ludwig II

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of the patriarch of the Ludwig Drum Company, William F. Ludwig II, respectfully known as “The Chief.”Bill was 91 years old and has been in declining health for a few years. The Chief passed from this Earth to his position as principal timpanist in heaven’s orchestra on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008. We can hear that thunderous roll now.

Bill Ludwig lived a long and productive life and was a mentor to so many percussionists and the music industry. He was a true leader that developed so many percussion products and marketing concepts to promote music and percussion education and further along the advancement of percussion instruments and performance throughout the world.

We are so blessed to have known and worked with this powerhouse of a man for his vision, dedication and passion for percussion. It is said that the greatest legacy that anyone can leave in this world is “making a difference.”Well, Bill Ludwig made a difference in our world of drums and percussion that is legendary and we are all the heirs to his accomplishments.

Thank you Chief. You inspired us to carry on from here. You will be missed, but always remembered and honored.

Jim Catalano – Ludwig

Drummer Talk 08/10/2007 – The Truth About Tuning

Today we’re uncovering the truth about tuning. We also discuss news about Thomas Lang’s Creative Control book and Ludwig’s new Legacy Classic series. Listener, Steve Vorass is the drummer of the week and rudiment of the week is Ian’s “Swing (Ride) 5”. Show Notes

Contemplating Vintage

So I’m at Guitar Center recently and they’ve got a nice 1966 Ludwig Champagne Sparkle 4pc drum kit for sale. They’ve knocked a ton off the price and I am seriously thinking of picking it up. (You can check out pics on the Moblog). And with that, I ‘ve recently dipped into the land of vintage drums and drumming. I can’t believe how much information is out there on this gear. There are magazines, websites, and societies and has left my head is spinning with all there is to learn. I’ve dug up a lot about the actual kit I’m looking at, but there’s just so much out there – which kit is which, what color was released in what year, is 1966 a good year (like wine), what were the innovations that were happening at the time, where do the serial numbers place the kit? All this stuff! Read more