The King of Rock'n'Roll
- Aug 5, 2005
- Reaction score
- Poulsbo, Wa.
It was that time.Mixed wood shells;
from Ludwig website;
Ludwig and 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."
lightness and strength: airplanes.
Airplanes were everything.
If you could associate your product with the aircraft industry, everyone wanted a piece of it.
I've seen wood and fabric air frames before and I didn't notice any composite woods being used, but there was a lot of laminated wood used, due to its ability to bend in many directions and be strong in all of those directions.
I think the fact that composite shells are laminated, with the grain running in different directions, is why Ludwig advertising mentions the aircraft factor (that and they wanted/needed to sell drums!).
I think the shells from those times used as much, if not more, Mahogany in their construction, than Maple. It was a very common construction wood for many years.
WWII PT boats were made of laminated cross-grain plies of Mahogany (thump one of those hulls. I bet they sounded fantastic!).