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“Join me, and together, we can rule the galaxy as father and son!”
We believe that the launch of the WFL III Signature Metal Snare Drum is the start of something very special. Our friend William F. Ludwig III (B3), having not been part of the Ludwig Drum Company for several decades now, has taken a leaf out of his Grandfather's book, embarking upon a journey to make drums worthy of the legacy of his family name.
The WFL III Snare drum is what you’d expect from a real Ludwig family drum – high-end build quality made in Chicago! Bar the laser-engraved German Snare wires, every single piece and part of this Snare drum is made in the USA! Designed by Bill and manufactured in his city, this kind of rewrites the concept in today’s drum manufacturing world, as to what could actually be defined as a real Ludwig drum…
Every WFL III Snare drum oozes that all-American high-end build quality you can’t fake by shipping your manufacturing to the Far East. With its heavy 3 mm Aluminium shell (no centre bead required), machined double 45 degree bearing edges (not rolled) and narrow laser cut Snare beds, this is a superior shell offering power, projection with sensitivity and articulation.
Harking back to the classic Ludwig ‘Bow-Tie’ design, the drum’s high-polished aircraft-grade Aluminium lugs come with the classy ‘III’ signature logo laser-engraved into their surface. Available in a choice of finishes. Check out the similar enhancement on the laser-engraved Trick GS007 multi-step strainer - something you won’t see on a mass-produced drum.
Another beautiful touch is the drum’s air-vent – not just your bog standard drilled hole with a grommet, but another signature laser-cut ‘III’ vent hole!
With its gloss powder and heavy metal flake shell coating, the WFL III Snare drum will blend into the aesthetics of any drum set worthy of having a Ludwig family made drum sit with it!
With 2.3 mm (American) Steel hoops and choice of either Remo, Evans or WFL III heads, this drum is prepared to take any tuning you want to throw at it, such is its natural versatility; and the icing on the cake? B3 himself has signed and dated every single drum made!
The initial release of the WFL III Snare drum caused such a stir in the industry that many of Bill’s friends – all endorsed by other drum companies – queued up to buy the first ones. If we mention names like Ringo, Ian Paice, Nick Mason and Nicko McBrain then you’ll realise the pedigree you’re investing with.
"WFL III Drums is more than just a company. It's the resurrection of a family legacy and creating a new breed of drums my forefathers would be proud of. WFL III Drums are heirloom-quality instruments that can be passed down for generations."W. F. Ludwig III
"WFL III Drums is more than just a company. It's the resurrection of a family legacy and creating a new breed of drums my forefathers would be proud of. WFL III Drums are heirloom-quality instruments that can be passed down for generations."
W. F. Ludwig III
Now go choose your shell finish, hardware finish and head options…
***Please note, each of these drums are made to order so there is a 4-6 week order time after purchase.