Dating 1970 ludwig drums

The Ludwig Drum Experts have an extensive section devoted to Ludwig Drums over on our Vintage Drum Guide web site.There is an entire section devoted to Ludwig Drums, including the history of Ludwig Drums, drum badges, drum finishes and catalog pages on their snare drums as well as drum sets.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.We hoped that, in time, the index would reveal a consistent chronological order in the serial number sequence.The reasoning for our optimism was that since the serial numbers were imprinted on the badges in a sequential order (of lower to higher numbers) and since the badges were installed over a duration of time as represented by the date stamps inside of the shells, a direct relationship between the serial numbers and date stamps was inevitable, even though the Ludwig factory did not intend it.The serial numbers increased as their corresponding date stamps moved forward in time.

We began in the late 1980’s by monitoring all of the 60’s Ludwig drums that came into our shop.

magazine) One of the intriguing aspects of collecting vintage drums is discovering when your instrument was made.

Estimating the age of a drum can be done more or less by examining its badge type, style of hardware, shell construction/composition and interior/exterior finish.

Please email us with any questions and let us know how we can help you and if you want an imediate answer then visit the Vintage Drum Forum and post a photo.

This web site is not affiliated with the Ludwig Drum Company.

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