The Ludwig Ultimate snare drum takes the exiting Free-Floater model to a whole new level. Designed to meet today's marching demands, the Ultimate snare drum allows the player to achieve clean and crisp articulations with minimal weight. The secret is in the lightweight aluminum hardware that secures the heads, allowing the thick 8-ply Maple shell to be completely suspended for exceptional projection and resonance.
We start by selecting only the finest quality woods. For Ludwig ULTIMATE, that’s Select North American Maple. Maple shells offer a high level of sensitivity, a dynamic tuning range, and a sharp attack. Making them the perfect fit for the marching arts.
We assemble the thick 7.2mm, 8-ply Maple shell in a cross laminated fashion using our exclusive Radio Frequency Shell Technology. This process utilizes our original bladder molds and a specialized adhesive, allowing the shell to cure evenly across the entire surface. Laminate finishes are applied during this stage as well. Resulting in a more durable drum with better resonance.
The reinforcement ring is a major factor in shell durability. Ludwig utilizes our exclusive shell making process to manufacture durable Maple rings. The result is a 4.5mm, 1.5” wide reinforcement ring that’s guaranteed to stand the test of time.
The final ingredient in a Ludwig shell is the bearing edge. Our 45-degree inner cut with a 1/8" round over gives you the ULTIMATE in projection and tone. This edge is hand-sanded to the craftsman's touch to assure a smooth, even, flat surface. Ensuring an unmistakable Ludwig sound.
For a high level of sensitivity and response.
Our 8-ply shell and lightweight aluminum frame combine for a total weight of only 15.6 lbs!
Lightweight polished aluminum hardware gives the drum a finished look while offering maximum strength and durability. Steel mounting brackets feature key rod fasteners, which greatly reduce the chance of stripping out the adjustment.
16 individually adjustable and removable snare guts allow for a customized sound.
Stabilizing steel snare guards protect the snare unit while supplying safe and balanced support.
8-ply, 100% North American Maple. Maple shells offer a high level of sensitivity, a dynamic tuning range, and a sharp attack. Making them the perfect fit for the marching arts.
Each snare side bearing edge is a 45-degree inner cut with a 1/8" radius round over. This edge is hand-sanded to the craftsman's touch to assure a smooth, even, flat surface for easy head seating; the final touch to complete the unmistakable Ludwig Sound.
A 5-ply, 1.5" wide maple reinforcement ring ads superior support and shape integrity to the shell.