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1920s Ludwig Universal 15" x 4" Nickel on Brass Snare Drum (Black Beauty shell)

Estimated price for orientation: 435 $

Category: Snare Drums

Condition: Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition Material: Brass
Size: 15 Brand: Ludwig
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

Rare and amazing sounding drum here.
Two piece shell - welded at the centre bead. Same shell as a black beauty.
This came to me with the useless tango hoop-mounted strainer, so I had Newby Drums (a Yamaha and Noble and Cooley accredited drum repairer/restorer/CNC engineering whizz) install a new Ludwig Piccolo strainer, butt, wires and nickel on brass hoop clips, with no 'extra' holes.
Six lugs, so nice and open sounding. Jim Keltner, Matt Chamberlain, Kenny Aronoff, John Robinson etc all use these 15" Ludwigs in the studio. The larger diameter allows you to have a fatter/lower pitch without losing stick response, as you would with a detuned 14" drum. In good condition, with new heads.
Fits easily on all stands and in 14" protection racket/hardcase cases.