Ludwig Drum Guide - Serial Number Based Dating and Authentication Guides for Vintage Drums
26th April Ludwig drums 70's timeline | Vintage Ludwig Drums History dont jive with my serial numbers, not even close, Mine- Ludwig drums have a distinct advantage over Gretsch when it comes to establishing a relationship between serial number and date. Many Ludwig drums . Prompted by the insurance industry, the new regulation mandated serial numbers on certain goods, including drums. "Up until then," said Mr.
Ludwig 7 Digit Serial Numbers B&O badges - Vintage Drum Forum
Or I guess this could be also some sort of transition set where they used what ever parts they had lying around. That could explain why one of the toms has pointed edged badge and no muffler and also the fact that the other drums have round edged badges and no mufflers.
Originally Posted by aggie call 'em up and ask 'em out. I hope someone here has the knowledge to help me out. Originally Posted by Heka I was also wondering whether the bass drum hoops are original or not because of the silver sparkle stripe. Incredible that you should mention it, because last week I actually ordered a new Ludwig Classic Maple in Black finish, and asked to get the bassdrum with silver sparkle inlay on the hoops, because I wanted it to look as vintage as possible, simply because it looks the best.
Your kit looks stunning, great buy!
Thanks for the info and congrats for your set: Does anyone know when did they use those plastic T Bolts in the bass drum and in some HW? That info could also narrow down the age of this set. Stick to the Tama info Fezzasus.
The rounded corner badges were used into the early 80's not just From memory I know they were doing some at least by 84 on the 75th anniversary set. Heka, It looks like there is a good chance your pointy corner badge drum may have come from an earlier set and maybe another as well.
Drummer Cafe Forum - Dating Ludwig drums by serial #
There is a fairly big spread in the badge numbers on a couple but that does not necessarily mean anything when it comes to Ludwig.
You could guess based on the numbers 1 set from one set, 2 from another and then 2 more from one other. Sometimes the serial numbers were close and sometimes they were not. I get emails all of the time with a basic drum description and a serial number from visitors in hopes I can unlock the history of their drum.
I think in general serial numbers do play an important role in the commercial market especially electronics and other high end items. In the 60's Insurance companies made it mandatory that serial numbers be put on items so they can be documented.
Unfortunately drum companies never really prescribed to any code of documenting a drum based on that serial number. In fact I once heard that they started using serial numbers not for their own use per say but so schools and institutions could keep track of instruments in inventory. I also get people asking what factory a drum might have shipped from or the exact month a drum was made or even the production numbers etc.
- Earliest Date Stamp on a Ludwig Drum with a Serial Number
The ever important serial number which some companies keep detailed records of unfortunately does not exist in the history of drums. We also have to state that much of the record keeping was archaic at best and in some cases history was destroyed in plant fires or just tossed in the garbage!.
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With that said many drum companies never even used serial numbers early on. In most cases the best way to estimate the date of a drum is its physical characteristics. Fortunately drum companies since the 40's were good at printing catalogs.
Earlier catalog examples do exist, but are rare and expensive to acquire. In most cases they also included a host of other band instruments and items related to the music business. These catalogs although re-printed in some cases from year to year with limited changes do provide a timeline of when finishes were added and when hardware was used and or changed on drums. Unfortunately still there is no exact science or way to pinpoint an exact date of a drums manufacture.
As collectors and historians we have to settle for a date range or a specific year at best.