Dating a ludwig drum

The 70’s blue and olive badge started as rhombus shape with pointed non-continuous lower left and upper right corners.

Ludwig drums could also be identified even further, than simply from the badge, into a specific time period of the 70’s by the construction of the shell, and the hardware used throughout the drum.

We can pretty acurately date Ludwig drums and Ludwig serial numbers are a big help, but not an exact science.

Other special features like badges, shell plys and the interior finish all help in giving you a date range of your drums manufacture.

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! With that said many drum companies never even used serial numbers early on.

Bass drum spurs were also among notable changes that Ludwig shell hardware made, marking transitions in design from the 60’s and into the 70’s.This was a transition badge and you will see it with and without a serial number it is prior to and during the move to Monroe.This badge was covered by the hoop and normally is not cut on the top. 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! Since we can't list it all here, our Vintage Drum Guide houses all the research and history on Ludwig Drums and that is the place to do more research!Thanks for stopping by and take a look at our special e Bay searches on our Ludwig Shopping Page.

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