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WFLiii at Chicago Drum Show 2014

William F. Ludwig lll announced the formation of his own designed WFL lll Drums at the 24th annual Chicago Drum Show in St Charles, Illinois, May 17-18, 2014. The drum show was the perfect location to bring a unique new drum into the market surrounded by some of the most discriminating brands.

Bill Ludwig lll, commonly known as Bill lll in drum circles, "B3" to his friends, represents the third generation of master drum builders as his grandfather was the founder of Ludwig & Ludwig Drum Co. in 1909 which later became the percussion industry icon of Ludwig Drum Company in Chicago. Surrounded by drums and the percussion world all his life, he certainly recognizes an opportunity founded on the Ludwig legacy over a hundred years ago.

“It was time to answer the market demands for a reasonably priced great sounding snare drum manufactured in the U.S.” said Ludwig, during a Press Conference held at the Chicago Drum show. “Every professional drummer and recording artist builds an arsenal of different snare drums and sounds regardless of any product or brand endorsement they may have. This WFL lll Drum will become a “must have” snare drum addition for every serious player because of the unique cutting sound of the metal shell, ease and stability of tuning along with it’s stunning black shell chrome hardware appearance.

Product specifications include a one-piece aluminum 6 ½ X14” resonant shell, ten custom one-piece direct-thread Classic lll lugs, a specially designed and formatted Trick Drum Snare Strainer and Evans heads. Introductory MSRP pricing is set at $676.00. The first fifty snare drums produced will include a distinctive commemorative interior label indicating the number of the drum and individually signed by Bill Ludwig lll. The first hand-assembled series of snare drums is scheduled for shipment in August. Additional snare models are also being developed to include wood shells with traditional glue-rings, different shell sizes and even an orchestral concert model with Irish calf skin batter head.

Ludwig further commented, “We were extremely encouraged by the response and sales of the drum resulting just from the Chicago Drum Show. I have remained friends and in contact with many top drummers for decades that really became members of the original Ludwig family. All of these artists are extremely supportive of the WFL lll Drums venture and the orders are starting to come in already from players like Dean Castronovo of Journey, Nicko Mc Brain of Iron Maiden, Ian Paice of Deep Purple and Franklin Vanderbilt of Stevie Wonder’s and Lenny Kravitz’s bands,… to name a few.”

Drummers or retailers interested in learning more about the WFL lll Drums can contact Bill Ludwig lll at telephone, 773-459-2678, E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by visiting the firm’s website, wfliiidrums.com.

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