Ludwig Ultimate Marching Snare Drums

The Ludwig Ultimate snare drum takes the existing Free-Floater model to a whole new level. Designed to meet today's marching demands, the Ultimate snare drum allows the player to achieve clean and crisp articulations with minimal weight. The secret is in the lightweight aluminum hardware that secures the heads, allowing the thick 8-ply Maple shell to be completely suspended for exceptional projection and resonance.

Ludwig Ultimate Marching Snare Drums White
Ludwig Ultimate Marching Snare Drums Grey Cortex
Ludwig Ultimate Marching Snare Drums Black


Black (B), white (W), and brushed 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.



Snare Gut

16 individually adjustable and removable snare guts allow for a customized sound.

Drum showing its snare gut

Snare Guard

Stabilizing steel snare guards protect the snare unit while supplying safe and balanced support.

drum showing the snare guard

Polished Aluminum

Lightweight polished aluminum hardware gives the drum a finished look while offering maximum strength and durability.

drum with polished aluminum finish

Steel Mounting Brackets

Steel mounting brackets feature key rod fasteners, reducing the chance of stripping the adjustment.

drum's mounting brackets


8-ply shell and lightweight frame combine for a total weight of only 15.6 lbs. A 20% reduction over the previous model.


8-ply, 100% North American Maple. Maple shells offer a high level of sensitivity, a dynamic tuning range, and a sharp attack, making them the perfect fit for the marching arts.

Bearing Edge

Each snare side bearing edge is a 45-degree inner cut with a 1/8" radius round over. This edge is hand-sanded to the craftsman's touch to assure a smooth, even, at surface for easy head seating; the final touch to complete the unmistakable Ludwig sound.

Rfst Molding

To increase stability throughout the drum, all Ludwig Ultimate shells are produced using our exclusive Radio Frequency Shell Technology. Utilizing our original bladder molds and a specialized adhesive, the RFST process allows the shell to cure evenly across the entire surface. This is a principal ingredient in creating the Ludwig sound.

A 5-ply, 1.5" wide maple reinforcement ring adds superior support and shape integrity to the shell.

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