A History of Ludwig Drums and the Ludwig Black Beauty Snare

Ludwig & Ludwig, the home of the Ludwig Black Beauty snare, was formed in 1909 by brothers William F. and Theo Ludwig. The brothers began their innovative designing in a simple Chicago garage, with their first innovation being a bass drum pedal that was faster and far superior to anything available at the time.

In 1916 the brothers came up with the spring action that was to become the basis for the current Balanced Action Pedal Timpani.

In the mid 1920’s the brothers became famous for making some of the worlds finest ukulele-banjos, still prized amongst collectors today.

When the great depression of the 1930’s hit, the company merged with the C.G. Conn Company, but William wasn’t happy with the new structure and left in 1936, forming his own company, the W.F.L. Drum Company, with the famous Speed King Pedal being one of the first products designed, which is still manufactured by Ludwig today.

Ludwig was purchased back from Conn in 1955 and relaunched as the Ludwig Drum Company.

The new company struggled for almost 10 years, until 1963 when an emerging band from Liverpool, The Beatles, chanced upon a kit in a London store window. The band were walking through London, when Ringo spotted the kit and instantly fell in love.

After appearing on the Ed Sullivan show with his new kit and that famous Ludwig log on the bass drum, sales skyrocketed.

In 1966, The now successful Ludwig purchased the Musser Marimba Company and as a show of gratitude to Ringo for changing their fortunes, gifted Ringo with a gold plated snare drum.

Led Zeppelin’s John “Bonzo” Bonham was the next superstar drummer to use Ludwig drums. His famous amber- colour Vistalite drum set is synonyms with 1970’s rock drumming. Vistalite was the trade name used by Ludwig for its line of acrylic drums in the 1970s.

After the death of his father in 1973, William F. Ludwig, Jr took over the reins and the company eventually became a part of The Selmer Company in 1981.

From that first day in that barn in Chicago, the company has always been at the forefront of innovation, introducing many materials not thought of previously in drum manufacturing. In addition to the Vistalite drums, the company also manufactured stainless steel drum kits, but due to high manufacturing costs, ceased production in the early 1980’s.

The now famous and most sought after of snare drums, the Ludwig Black Beauty was first manufactured in the 1920’s. The Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum, a hand-engraved black nickel-plated brass shell drum is highly prized by collectors and players alike. The Black Beauty was reissued, available either unengraved or machine engraved, in the late 1970s, and reissued again in the 1990s.

When The Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum was re-introduced in the late 1970’s, they were again made in brass. As the company changes ownership in the early 1980’s the drum switches to bronze which was done for economic reasons.

It’s enjoying a current resurgence and …

Comparison Shopping for Home Loans

Many people assume that all home loans are created equal and they simply go with the first loan that they are approved for. The important thing to know when you are looking for a home loan is to know that every loan is different, every lender is different, and every mortgage broker handles things differently. These differences may not seem important when you first start shopping around, but when you get the loan documents and you start looking over the specifics of the offers you will realize that these subtle differences can make a not so subtle difference in the cost of your loan! Many people are in a hurry to get into a home so they simply gloss over all of these differences, but when you do this you could be throwing money away. Do you have money to throw away?

It’s Important to Comparison Shop for Home Loans

One of the most important things that you will do when it comes to shopping for home loans is comparison shop. Just like you would do when you were shopping for the house or shopping for a car or another big purchase, you would want to compare the products that are out there and make sure that you are not only getting the best deal, but getting the product that fits your needs the best. When you fail to do this you may be doing yourself a disservice because you could miss out on a program that is better for your specific needs and you could also save yourself some money, too.

How do you comparison shop? You could do this several different ways. You could simply fill out an application online and request that it be sent to several different lenders. Another way that you could do this is go to a mortgage broker and request that they send out applications to several different lenders or apply you to several different lender home loans. When you do this you are putting your feelers out there to see what you will get in return. It is better to have many offers to look over than just assume that the one offer that you do get is the one that is the best for you.

When you are approved for home loans you should then look over the loan documents or official offers and see what all of the details are. You may notice that when a lender or mortgage broker gives you the details about something they give you all of the good things about it and they do not tell you about all of the fees that they have attached to the loan or all of the fees that the lender has attached to the loan. Not looking at all of these things can literally cost you thousands of dollars over the purchase price of the home, why would you do this if you did not have to?

When you comparison shop like this it will also open your …

Saving Money While Shopping

Everybody has to go shopping. Although many people hate it, especially the men, it is still a necessary inconvenience that must be done. Whether you are shopping for food, gas, clothes, or whatever else you are looking for, in order to get the goods you need, you must shop around for those goods. But you do not just get the first thing you see. If you know what you are doing, you will shop around to get the best bargain for your dollar.

In order to shop to save money you just have to learn to be a smart shopper. Now you may think that clipping coupons is all you need to do to save money. This is only one aspect to it. There are other steps you can take to help you save money on your purchases. In order for you to shop properly, you need a strategy. If you think about it, when you enter a store, particularly a grocery store, you will notice the way the store is laid out. The store delicately lays out the store so you will be enticed to spend money.

When you learn certain secrets and techniques, you will find out how to actually lower your food bill and save money to boot. In order to help you save money on your food bill here are some steps you can take while shopping:

  • Avoid on sale items. There is a reason these items are displayed at the front or at the end of isles. The manufacturers or distributors are paying a lot of money to display their products at these locations. And the store will pass those expenses on to you. So do not think those items are bargains, because in most cases they are not.
  • Buy only what you need. Never go to the store hungry. You will end up spending more than you thought. This is because everything in site looks tempting to you because you are hungry. When you go to the store, go after a meal, especially at night or right after breakfast or lunch. This way you will not be hungry. When you do go to the store, have a list of items you need, and only get those items, nothing else. Have a budget and keep it. You'll save money in the end.
  • Avoid convenience items at all costs. When you go to the store, do not buy convenience items such as prepared vegetables, or pre-made sandwiches. These items are more expensive and are not good for you anyway, considering most of the ingredients are artificial or are processed.
  • When you buy, get them in bulk. You do not know how much money you can save when you buy items in bulk. Not only are you stocking up, but you are also saving money, because most times the store will discount bulk items. When you go this route, be careful. Compare the costs to buying single. Some stores take advantage of the need to buy in

The Importance of Gift Cards

Retail companies find the use of gift cards necessary to gain more customers and customer loyalty. These are given during holidays like Christmas or during birthdays. It is because some people find it hard to find the most appropriate gift to buy. It is the next best thing to do by the gift giver. It would not only save the gift giver time and effort but the giver is assured the recipient will love the things bought from the card given. So instead of giving money, it is best next thing to give.

It is pretty much like a credit card, it has a magnetic strip found at the back part of the card which logs the amount of purchased items. A gift card can be used when someone pays for a specific amount on the card. A $ 1000 worth can go a long way in purchasing items that you wish to buy. It is also pretty much the same as gift vouchers except it is printed on a card instead of paper.

There are many pages in the internet which offer its valuable website visitors a chance to get one. Be very keen in choosing websites which offer free gift cards because there are websites that give out fake cards. Aside from the internet, these are also given out in:

• Accumulated credit card points, most credit card companies issue particular points equivalent to the amount purchased using the credit card. The more frequent the credit card is used, the more points you can get. These credit card companies would delegate a specific amount that would make the credit card user eligible to get one for free.

• Attending trades shows and exposures are also one of the popular ways of getting one. Normally, participating companies in the trade shows give out business and gift cards this would encourage trade show visitors to visit their stores. Sometimes these companies would require a person to answer particular questions and survey forms in order to get one.

• Internet advertisements by different internet companies offer these cards by simply becoming a part or member of their social networking sites. It could be as simple as liking their Facebook fan page or following the company in the Twitter community.

• Checking out blogs of either commercial or personal blogs often give free stuff. When you do blog hopping, you may find several blog contests that give free gift cards as their prize. These are randomly given to blog visitors.

• Look for a website or fan page like Free Gift Card Page to get your gift cards. Various companies create a tie-up with FB fan page like this because all they need to do is to give the cards and let the Fan Page administrator to the marketing. …