As Ludwig's flagship professional drum line, Legacy Maple is a decidedly modern twist on our vintage shell formula. This is shell design came to prominence in 1968 marking the second generation of the iconic Ludwig 3-Ply shell formula. It was a short-lived design lasting only until 1976 but captured on some of music's most iconic performances. This would influence a massive cult following in the years to that followed, prompting its return to the forefront of Ludwig's professional line of drums. A cult-classic sound that offers a bright presence, full-body low-end, and exceptional focus.
1/16" Maple Outer Ply, 1/8" Poplar Core Ply, 1/16" Maple Inner Ply with 1/4" Solid Maple Reinforcement Rings.
The key to Legacy's classic tone begins with a cross-laminated American Poplar center ply to lend focus to the vibrant resonance of inner/outer Maple plies. This unique shell combination is further stabilized by a specially-rounded bearing edge with single-ply reinforcement rings.
30 Degree inner cut with a 1/4" radius round over
Producing a pure, well-rounded sonic footprint, Legacy Series revives the distinctive sound that set the standard for popular music throughout the 20th Century.
Ludwig's 3-ply shell formula was unveiled in 1923; at the time touted as being built "...in accordance with the recognized correct principles used in the manufacture of airplanes." This classic construction evolved into a sound that captured the attention of generations of drummers.
The 3-ply Legacy Maple formula was implemented in 1968 to compliment settings demanding greater volume and projection. The result was the Classic Ludwig sound augmented with more focus and presence.