By Andrew Lentz Published October 5, 2009
As part of the ongoing celebration of its 100th anniversary, Ludwig takes the science of drum shell design into the future with the Epic-X-Over and Epic-X-Over Striped kits.
When the Epic series was introduced in winter 2008, its hybrid of ultra-thin birch and maple shells offered a thick, wet sound. The Epic-X-Over refines the acoustic philosophy to an even further degree. Employing its unique Segmented Shell Crafting, the Epic-X-Over Striped fuses the darker quality of walnut with the warmth of North American maple to strike a perfect balance between rumbling lows and sparkling highs. The alternating bands of walnut and maple look stunning to boot.
The standard Epic-X-Over features inner and outer plies of walnut surrounding its poplar core for a tone that speaks in the lower registers. Both the Epic-X-Over and The Epic-X-Over Striped are equipped with three birch reinforcement rings for extra durability. Available in Red Burst, Black Burst, and Purple Passion
For a fatter sound, the Epic X-Over Arena kit sports a 24” x 20” virgin kick, 14” x 6.5” Snare, 12” x 8” tom, and 16”x16” floor.