The more coveted vintage drums feature the 3-ply construction. Date Stamp Date stamps are simultaneously the best and worst means to properly date a Ludwig drum from the '60s use of the date stamp was discontinued ca. All shell interiors were now done as a clear coat, exposing the grain of the wood. Some have postulated that there is logic embedded in the numbers. As always, we are learning and researching and adding new items to this web site, like our rare and never seen Ludwig Factory Videos from 1964! Purchasing a vintage snare or set is a thrilling experience not only for the find, but also for the knowledge that your new instrument persevered through the decades and is now at your fingertips to create anew.
Nonetheless, many people see the existing dating guides as if chiseled in stone. The dense wood base adds durability and an authentic feel. In total, information from more than 5,700 drums has been gathered to assist with analysis of trends and patterns that are serial number based and not date based. The first set was from 1946, and had enameled and plain badges. The diamond shaped chrome bracket was designed with a slot to slide on the extension arm of the sliding rail. The bottom-of-the-line outfits are unremarkable except for the facts that on one of the kits you could get a single tension bass drum featuring Club Date lugs without swivel nuts. A clear lacquer finish was used in 1960, 1968, 1969, and part of 1970.
The newly designed round badge shares many of the characteristics of the original version, which first appeared in the 1930s and was used through the 1970s. From 1961 until 1968 the interiors were painted white. Paolo Sburlati Ludwig: Yesterday and Today, Paolo Sburlati Enterprises, Turin, Italy,1999. This resulted in a general indicator of drum age by serial number: 100K—120K 1963-64; 120K—250K 1965; 5250K—400K 1966; 400K—540K 1967; 540K—680K 1968; 680K—850K 1969. It is heavily concentrated on factors that were included on all cataloged trap kits, and wood drums of this era. This was on a Black Beauty Snare Drum from the late 70's Started using this late 70's 1979 due to complaintes from the pointy badges above getting caught on things and bending. The newly designed round badge shares many of the characteristics of the original version, which first appeared in the 1930s and was used through the 1970s.
In the end, sound is more important than looks. From the inception of date-stamping in 1960 through 1963, Ludwig solely used red ink. Third, it takes time to answer each request. The dense wood base adds durability and an authentic feel. Wonder if it was as confusing for the buyer back in the day.
Although Standards were marketed as second line drums, the wood shells were the same as used on the main line of drums. An 8mm pad mount inset on the bottom fits any standard practice pad stand or cymbal stand for easy mounting. I think the oval badges were white with Elkhart on them in the 40's. What year was the oval badge last used, when did the keystone badge make its first appearance? Opinion, speculation and opportunistic misinterpretation of the existing resources should be replaced with solid factual information collected from large numbers of vintage drums. No box around serial number 1984 through the 90's Drums.
The newly designed round badge shares many of the characteristics of the original version, which first appeared in the 1930s and was used through the 1970s. Photo courtesy Harold Lee Yen. It should come as no surprise that the Ludwig sound is so popular now that the generation that grew up on that sound makes up the core of the drum collecting population. The guides present information based upon data gathered from thousands of vintage drums. I'm a little thick so bear with me.
Drum shells were formed and then stored in stock until pulled for final assembly. Special thanks to collector Kevin Oppendike for sharing his knowledge of Ludwig Standards. The inherent limitations of the existing dating guides and their frequent misuse by some in the vintage drum community inspires a fresh look into how to best date and authenticate Ludwig drums. If you just want an answer in order to sell the drum on eBay or Craigslist, I suggest that you just provide pictures of the drums, paper labels, badges and other information in your listing and let your buyer determine how old it is. The boom in production, along with new government regulations, prompted Ludwig to begin issuing serial numbers on badges of their drums. The new regulation would later make it easier to date and catalog Ludwig drums, but it came with a price of extensive time and effort.
It's amazing how many great instruments were spawned from a failure. . I would consider this the hardest to find badge since it was a peel and stick transition badge. See more ideas about Drum kit, Drum kits and Badge. From then on, the felt pad was white. It was a smoother contoured looking bracket. Ludwig badges are simple characteristic indicating which era a Ludwig drum could be placed.