Many of the snare stands, foot pedals, and drum hardware still bore the imprint of WFL, while some bore the pre Ludwig trademark but continued to be sold while the company made new dies bearing the Ludwig Drum Company logo. Many snare drums were built with the new Ludwig strainer on the throw-off side and a WFL butt-plate. Since the design of the parts was identical for both names, Ludwig used the old parts until they ran out, and then replaced them with identical parts with the new brand. Shortly after the purchase of the Ludwig name, the decision was made to change the name to the Ludwig Drum Company. They were strictly for inventory purposes, and any number could wind up on any drum. Due to the volume of drums Ludwig was producing at that time in response to the Ringo effect, a lot of badges were used and the bins were refilled as supplies got low.
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Ludwig II plays a top-of-the-line rock drummer's "Monster" set, ca. Historic photograph from the William F. Highlights of the Collection Ludwig II Collection features a wide variety of materials, including an outstanding collection of drums , drum pedals and other drum accessories, historic photographs , a comprehensive drum patent collection, historic documents from the Ludwig drum companies, trade literature, and related ephemera. Many of the drums, dating from the midth to the midth century, were collected by father and son, William F.
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Original varieties[ edit ] When marketing of Vistalites started in late , the drums were available in clear, blue, green, red, amber, and yellow, with clear and blue being the largest sellers. In the company broadened the line to include "Rainbow" Vistalites with multicolored shells, with "Tequila Sunrise" a combination of red, orange and yellow stripes being one of the most popular combinations. Multi-colored acrylic shells were co-invented by Elvis Presley 's drummer Ronn Tutt. Tutt, however, tried his invention and was unimpressed, enough that he immediately went back to playing maple drums.