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WFLIII Drums

Resurrecting the Ludwig Family Legacy - Bill Ludwig III and his kids are doing a KickStarter fundraiser to increase production of the new WFL III Drums.  READ MORE
 


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1920s George B. Stone & Son, inc. 5x14 Blonde (maple) Master Model Snare

Mike Curotto's Medium Rare Drums

This drum was sold to me and documented to be in Near Mint Condition, I'd call it Excellent-Plus condition, no big deal either way. I'm told that the Blonde, solid maple shell is pretty rare as most of the Master Models are Black Lacquer. Noted collector, Bill Wanser told me that he has never seen a Blonde MM. I'm told that Stone Master Models are highly sought after by symphony and orchestral percussionists.   READ MORE



 

( Editor's note: B3 is back! I'm so proud to have back in the fold and writing for us, William F. Ludwig III of the famous drum family who owned and produced Ludwig & Ludwig, Ludwig Drums, and WFL Drums. Bill is also the former owner and publisher of Not So Modern Drummer. Welcome back, Bill!) 

 Bill -I finally realized one of my biggest dreams to have my picture taken giving Ringo a snare drum just like my Father did in the mid 60s when he presented Ringo with his gold plated Ludwig as a thank you for playing Ludwig ...what an honor and an emotional event for me. I will never forget it......Thank you Ringo.!  READ MORE


Ludwig circa 1930 4x14 brass Mystery silver flake snare drum
Bob Campbell - Every Drum Tells a Story

In the end, I did not find a rare silver Stipelgold Ludwig snare drum.  Indeed, what I received was an even rarer gift, a beautiful circa 1930 brass Ludwig drum that was passionately played by a war hero and kind friend to many.  I was also blessed with tales of the past from his loving family.  I have tried my best to capture some of his personal exploits here, so that Joseph Helaire Jean Paul Gagne will be remembered.  Brave and humble men such as he should never be forgotten.  To that end, I will treasure this drum and think of him every time I play it.    Read More




 
Product Review 

of three new Canopus Drums products; the Nickel Black Brass Snare Drum, Yaiba Snare Drum and BackBeat 30 strand snare wires 

"These people know how to make an impressive sounding and looking drum. When I first took it out of the box I noticed how heavy it was. Well of course it is because it has a thick brass shell and solid brass tube lugs."  READ MORE


1950 Leedy And Ludwig Concert King Snare

Classified Ads

Being sold by The Trading Musician in the Classifieds Forum. Click pic to see more gear for sale. The Classifieds are a new feature. Please join the forum. There will be a lot of gear for sale there and you'll want to check it often. Read More



Reflections On Shelly Manne


Legendary Drummers by David Barsalou

"Anyone can learn to play a jazz ride cymbal beat. The problem is making it swing. Shelly Manne's mentor was Davey Tough and to go back to listen to the early recordings of Woody Herman's 'First Herd' with Davey Tough playing drums, says it all. It's all about swing". - Joe Corsello     Read More




Cleaning and polishing Vistalite drums





Vintage Drum Tips by Ed Ingberman

The best products we have found for cleaning and polishing Vistalite drums and mylar wrapped drums are made by Meguiars Mirror Glaze. Read More




Ludwig And Ludwig 1930s bass drum_

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The Phil Wilson Collection

"....he wrapped it in cardboard and put a few pounds of tape around it and put it on the Greyhound bus bound for a nearby town that still had a bus station. So the drum rode the Greyhound all the way to Georgia."   Read More


1930s Slingerland drum set

What's It Worth? / BlueBook Values

I've got my dad's old drum kit in our basement and am not sure what to do with it as my wife and i are downsizing. Can you tell from these photos if it has any monetary value?(I've also got an extra cymbal.) If so, how would you suggest i put it on the market?  Read More




Drum Of the Week

An oldie but goodie - This is the custom built Peavey Sistine Chapel drum kit produced exclusively for Bobby Rock, drummer for Slaughter, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Nelson, and others. The kit was custom hand painted and airbrushed by John Douglas  www.johndouglas.com/  using images off of the Sistine Chapel in Italy   READ MORE


Hmmm.....Is it Jeff or is it the drum machine?



Richard Best - Drum Yoda

Man vs. Machine: Ever Closer -  Musicians have argued for years whether accurate meter as played by a drum machine or with a click track could swing. I've always felt that a good machine-generated rhythm was pretty cool. I've programmed some rather funky stuff on a drum machine -- stuff that actually cooked. And what about sampled beats? They seem to be doing a good job in a lot of situations. Well, somebody finally decided to look into it, and it turns out people do prefer rhythms that breathe ... human rhythms   READ MORE




Buying Custom - Are custom drums right for you?



Jeff Hankin - On Custom Drums 

I'm not here to say that everyone should have custom drums. It's a very personal choice and it really depends largely on your priorities and expectations. If you're considering going the custom route - now or at some time in the future - check off the pros and cons as they relate to you personally.  READ MORE




About Not So Modern Drummer

Not So Modern Drummer is an institution dedicated to researching and documenting the history of modern drums and the art of drum building. The writers and contributors are some of the top vintage and custom drum experts from around the world. NSMD serves as a gathering place and marketplace for the worldwide community of drummers who collect, preserve and play these instruments.

Not So Modern Drummer was started by John Aldridge in 1988. John is one of, if not THE, world's foremost engravers of metal drums. It began as a small four page newsletter with classified ads for a small circle of vintage drum enthusiasts, then quickly developed into a quarterly magazine with articles from the experts and ads from most of the drum industry. John added a yearly drum show and a snare drum contest. Bill Ludwig III bought NSMD from John in 2005 and published it through 2008. Bill is the grandson of William F. Ludwig who founded the Ludwig Drum Company in 1910 and is now the manufacturer of WFLIII Drums. Bill sold NSMD to current publisher George Lawrence in 2008. The quarterly print magazine was discontinued in 2012 and converted to a monthly email newsletter. Bill and John both continue to write for the publication.

Not So Modern Drummer's mission today is to preserve the body of knowledge that it has published over the last 27 years (since 1988) and expand that knowledge base in the future.

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