By applying drum shell-making properties refined over a century, Ludwig's flagship professional drum line is going to the next level. In our 100th Anniversary year, Ludwig is introducing the new Legacy Exotic, a stunning rethink to a modern classic. After locating several felled logs from Africa and Australia, three exotic hardwoods made the final cut because of their visual elegance and tonal quality: Sumauma, Lacewood, and Black Limba. Ludwig has combined these woods with inner and outer plys of North American Maple and traditional single 1/8" thick Poplar core ply that creates a rich sonic warmth to the Legacy's shell and moves it into a new tonal spectrum. Legacy's trademark rounded bearing edge creates a perfect compliment to the 1/4" single-ply Maple reinforcement rings. Throughout 2009, four finishes in each of these woods will be introduced. These inaugural Legacy Exotic kits will be in limited supply, making them the perfect addition to Ludwig's illustrious vintage tradition. "Ludwig drums have been the industry standard since 1909 and the tradition and quality continues on today better than ever with a sound that could only be Ludwig", said Kevin Packard, Director of Marketing, Combo Percussion.