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By 1984, Ludwig Classic shells had a new badge marking the end of Ludwig Chicago era drums.
A larger “modern” keystone badge was put on Classic shells and by 1985.
I just bought a used Ludwig snare and would like to learn of it's history.
New Blue/Olive badges with rounded lower left and upper right corners (debuting in 1979) came to represent the close of one era, while another came.The Classic Birch series was dropped in 2009 for its decline in demand. Bearing edges are cut to a 45 degree angle for that unmistakable Ludwig sound.Legacy Classic Series Drums surfaced in 2005, marking the exciting return of an American classic.The 80’s saw many significant changes for Ludwig Drums. Ludwig production would continue to grown under Selmer.
This brought on changes in design, concepts, and the relocation of the production facility.Legacy drum shells combine inner and outer 1/16” North American Maple plys, a traditional single 1/8” Poplar core ply, along with 1/4” maple reinforcement rings.