Anyone Else Get the New Ludwig Jazz Fest Snare?

toonamike

Member
I just received one of Ludwig's new Jazz Fest snares in vintage black oyster. I'm looking for others who have the same drum. Mine was oddly packaged.

I ordered it from Sweetwater, so it's from a reputable source. However, it did not arrive in a Ludwig box. Rather, it was in a plain cardboard box. It was in a tied bag, like other Ludwig snares I have received. The drum was surrounded by bubble wrap. There was no cardboard tray to keep the drum from shifting in the box during shipping.

Cosmetically, the drum looks fine. BUT... the baseball bat muffler feels loose and the snare side head is tremendously wrinkled on one half. I know that the heads aren't torqued at the factory, but I have never seen a head that is, well, "flappy." My guess is that the box was dropped by FedEx, causing the muffler to loosen and the head to pull from its collar.

I have shared my concerns with Sweetwater; I won't get a response from them until Monday.

If you have received one of the new Jazz Fest snares, let me know how it was packaged. Thanks!
 

toonamike

Member
Was it a demo or return? Have you checked the head for separation? Either way SW is solid and will fix any issue.
I didn't pull the head yet to see if it is ruined. I've reached out to my SW sales engineer; I'm sure he will get back to me Monday.

I was able to find a Facebook post with someone unboxing a new Jazz Fest. His had all of the standard packaging, including the Ludwig box and cardboard shipping tray.

I didn't get a demo price break, so I will be requesting a replacement in the correct packaging.

Frankly, the drum is too expensive to accept anything less than new condition.
 

STAXfan

Junior Member
I wanted to know what you ended up doing. I'm sure that Sweetwater worked it out for you. They really have the best customer service in the business. I ordered a new Ludwig Jazz Fest from Interstate. Sweetwater didn't have any of the Blue Oyster in stock. It was shipped in the Ludwig box with all of the factory shipped packing. I have to say, I absolutely love this snare! It's such a thrill to play. I don't think the sound is for everyone but for me it's awesome. You can really hear some of the Ringo Beatles sound. It has everything I love in a snare. Warmth, a lot of snare sound and nice tone. It's very versatile. I generally like my snares tuned low to medium. This snare sounds heavenly tuned low. I've also noticed this snare sounds very nice tuned high, which I normally don't like on most snare drums. But this has a crisp sound tuned high but not choked. I love the baseball bat muffler. I'm thrilled with this drum, and I hope things worked out for you.
 

IBitePrettyHard

Senior Member
It's the same as the Legacy Mahogany series. Ludwig doesn't provide complete wood specs on its site.
That almost definitely means it's not African Mahogany. If it was, they probably would've said so because that's a good bullet point to have.

I doubt it's a cheap mahogany variant like Luan, though. It's probably still a quality mahogany, just not African.
 

RickP

Gold Member
Personally I find all Ludwig’s professional level snare drums to be obscenely overpriced . The price for Ludaloy Supras, Black Beauties especially so . The new Ludwig pro metal shell snares are poorly made in comparison to the pre-2000 models even .

The jazz fest reissue is another one I would consider way overpriced . I think the reissue Jazzfest is a $400 to $500 snare tops .
 
Personally I find all Ludwig’s professional level snare drums to be obscenely overpriced . The price for Ludaloy Supras, Black Beauties especially so . The new Ludwig pro metal shell snares are poorly made in comparison to the pre-2000 models even .

The jazz fest reissue is another one I would consider way overpriced . I think the reissue Jazzfest is a $400 to $500 snare tops .
You couldn't be more right if your life depended on it, RickP. When I saw the price of that thing, I thought " for not much more I can buy a more custom, steam bent snare." The joke of it is, the Jazz Fest wasn't even that desirable in its time, was it? Not like the Black Beauty, or others in Ludwig's lineup over the decades. Don't get me wrong, I love Ludwig drums, but it seems they have spent a lot of effort over the last twenty years reaching out to collectors instead of being more forward looking, at times, IMHO.
 

RickP

Gold Member
I dunno, you might want to ask Ringo about that. ;)
JD
The Jazzfest was not a popular model . The vast majority of OBP and other finished kits were sold with a Ludaloy Supraphonic .
The Jazzfest has become desirable only in the last twenty or so years as Collectors wanted to obtain exactly what Ringo owned .

Ringo’s snare had some unique features as well . The badge placement and depth were not your atypical Jazzfest at the time . Still Ringo loved it and continued to use it live and in the studio .
 
JD
The Jazzfest was not a popular model . The vast majority of OBP and other finished kits were sold with a Ludaloy Supraphonic .
The Jazzfest has become desirable only in the last twenty or so years as Collectors wanted to obtain exactly what Ringo owned .

Ringo’s snare had some unique features as well . The badge placement and depth were not your atypical Jazzfest at the time . Still Ringo loved it and continued to use it live and in the studio .
The Jazzfest was not a popular model . The vast majority of OBP and other finished kits were sold with a Ludaloy Supraphonic .
The Jazzfest has become desirable only in the last twenty or so years as Collectors wanted to obtain exactly what Ringo owned .


Precisely my point above.
 
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