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Suffering ill health, Ulysses Grant Leedy relinquished his company to the Conn corporation in 1929.
Manufacturing was moved from Indianapolis to Elkhart, Indiana. Conn also took over Ludwig & Ludwig whose drums were henceforth made in the same factory. Leedy had been at the forefront of drum evolution and design, due at first to Mr Leedy himself and thereafter via the ingenuity of George Way.
One of several Leedy/Way innovations was the non-binding ‘floating head’ principle, which means the shells are slightly undersized in diameter.