I'm wondering the same thing; my late 80's Ludwig's are maple, poplar, maple but did they make all maple before the 80's?That's a really good question. I would not think Keller since they have only been around 50-60 years. What was Leedy, Ludwig and Slingerland using in the early 1900's?
I suspect the actual reason is that the tools and facilities for making drum shells are a huge expense, that most drum manufacturers would be glad to outsource. Most of the brands don't make their own heads, hardware, or wrap either. They design it and send the specs off to a specialist manufacturer, who then sends them the parts to be assembled.I feel like the answer is Keller Shells. No particular brand. Soooooo many companies use Keller, I figure there has to be a reason.
Tama and Pearl make their own shells. There was a short period in the 80s when Pearl couldn't keep up with demand, and used Keller shells on some kits, IIRC.So, Yamaha and DW both make their own shell (I believe).
Does Tama and Pearl both use Keller on the high end maple?
What about Ludwig, their own or Keller?
In the modern era (post WWII) WFL/Ludwig didn't make an all maple shell until the advent of the Classic Maple series in the 1990's. All the three ply shells were some combination of two thin maple or mahogany plies (or maybe one of each) with a fat poplar ply in between. The six ply shell developed in the late 1970s was a mix of maple and poplar.I'm wondering the same thing; my late 80's Ludwig's are maple, poplar, maple but did they make all maple before the 80's?
Interesting question.When it comes to birch drum shells, it seems most people agree that the Yamaha Recording Custom sets the standard.
But what about maple shells? Is there a standard to which most other maple drums are compared?
I'm not talking about which one sounds best to you, but what brand and model comes to mind when you think maple drums?
Not vintage, but within the last 30 years or so.
To me, it would most likely be Pearl Masters, Tama Starclassic Maple, or Ludwig. Maybe even DW Collectors.
Or perhaps there isn't one model that is the golden child.