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Ludwig Ultimate Marching Bass Drum



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Ludwig Ultimate Marching Bass Drums are designed for modern marching groups, featuring 6- & 8-ply North American Maple shells, 10-ply hoops, and oversized tension claws. Drums 14" - 22" in diameter have 8-ply shells, and drums 24" and larger have 6-ply shells.

Maple brings high sensitivity, a wide tuning range, and a biting attack to your bass line. Each drum is constructed with 45-degree bearing edges with a 1/8" radius round over, finally hand-sanded to assure a completely flat surface to seat the head correctly.

A bladder mold and a special adhesive lets the shells cure evenly across the entire surface. This unique method make the shells incredibly strong to hold up under immense tuning pressure.


  • FINISHES: Black (B), white (W), and grey cortex (7) laminate finishes are integrated into the shell molding process, making them the most durable finish on the market.
  • Custom lacquer (L) finishes available via special order.
  • Hardware: The redesigned casing includes a smaller profile and a 60% reduction in weight. All while maintaining the signature Ludwig look.

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