It's a prototype finish. A steel shell was dipped into a goo (my word, not Ludwig's) that binds to the shell. Think of it as a liquid version of a car wrap.What's the story behind that blood-red Supra with the brass hardware?
The tour is well worth the trip.Great stuff. I'd like to take that tour someday.
Those timpani shells look like giant dinosaur eggs. LOL
Cool info! A Supralite with a funky finish could be a nice cheaper counterpoint to the patina finishes they're doing on the brass/bronze/copper Supraphonics.It's a prototype finish. A steel shell was dipped into a goo (my word, not Ludwig's) that binds to the shell. Think of it as a liquid version of a car wrap.
All three drums in that photo are prototype finishes. I don't know if any of those options will enter production.
My friend and I spent a lot of time talking with Miss Ann. She showed us every wrap Ludwig has in stock. Her least favorite wrap is chrome; it marks very easily and is difficult to work with.I see you got to meet "Miss Ann" who I believe is responsible for wrapping just about every drum that comes out of the Monroe plant.
Agreed. After seeing the process, Ludwig drums are an amazing value for the price. The Neusonic drums are made in the same molds as the Legacy and Exotic shells.I think there is something special about being able to see where instrumental are made. I love how some of these companies have employees that have been there for decades building drums/cymbals. I had moved away from playing Zildjian until I took a tour of the factory (I am lucky to work right up the street from the gactory). Meeting the workers and seeing the care and effort they put into there jobs really made an impression on me and prompted me to sell off my Byzance and Paiste and buy Zils again.
No, but I didn't ask that specific question. The shells are sourced from an outside company. I suppose it would depend on whether the vendor can make that shell.Any talk of bringing back the bronze black beauties like they made in the 70's?
Current models are brass. I just ordered one from SW, a 6.5" x 14" hammered shell with tube lugs. I also ordered a 5" x 14" Acrolite. I got great pricing from Sweetwater plus 48 months same as cash financing.The 70s Black Beauties were brass. The late 80s-early 90s BB's were bronze.