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Did you know Ludwig Vistalites first came onto the scene in 1972?

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Did you know Ludwig Vistalites first came onto the scene in 1972 and the Multi-colored acrylic shells were co-invented by Elvis Presley‘s drummer Ronn Tutt? The green and red colors were eventually dropped due to slow sales. Translucent Smoke (a dark grey color), solid black, and solid white were added late during the Vistalite production run. A 1977 mis-order left Ludwig with a large surplus supply of the white shells, a problem the company resolved by covering many in chrome wrap, selling them as “faux stainless steel” drums. Singer/drummer Karen Carpenter was fond of vistalites and can be seen playing them on her ’70s TV shows. Keith Moon of the WhoNick Mason of Pink FloydRon Bushy of Iron ButterflyBarriemore Barlow of Jethro TullJohn Bonham of Led ZeppelinJay Osmond of The OsmondsBilly Cobham, and Scott Schafer of Znowhite played acrylic sets in the ’70s.

Very cool drums and can be sold or purchased right here at GearSource.

Ludwig Vistalite Series Drums


High-volume live performance where projection over loud instruments is paramount. Hard Rock/Heavy Metal.

Notorious for their attack as they are for their stunning crystalline looks, Vistalite acrylic drums make a solid sonic and visual statement in live concert performance. Manufactured under strict guidelines to retain shell integrity, today’s Vistalite delivers pure, round tone through a fully-stabilized shell and dual reinforced seams; without succumbing to the cracking that plagued the kits of yesterday.



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