The evolution of Ludwig hardware is a detailed and multi-faceted story. Please contact us for further information and to get. Wonder if it was as confusing for the buyer back in the day. Of course, chrome can be cleaned up, wrap polished and heads replaced. These are items that are in our warehouse and can usually ship out to you within 1 business day. One last thing to bear in mind: a drumset featuring sequential serial numbers tends to be higher in value than sets with era-correct badges and hardware but non-sequential serial numbers. Please allow extra time for delivery.
I take pride in my history with Kent Drums from my home town, and this is by no means a commercial venture to capitalize on their name or history. Someone will certainly be able to give you more details. The focus of this site is solely that of the original E. Between my drumming and drum hardware experience in restoring drum kits from the past, as well as my family's printing experience, we have produced our first run of replica badges, as close as possible to the original Kent blue and gold badge of the 60's. Manufactured under strict guidelines to retain shell integrity, today's Vistalite delivers pure, round tone through a fully-stabilized shell and dual reinforced seams; without succumbing to the cracking that plagued the kits of yesterday. Since 1972, Vistalite drums have been performed on and coveted by some of music's top players.
I think the oval badges were white with Elkhart on them in the 40's. Conclusion Armed with this information, you now have the tools at hand to begin identifying and dating the Ludwigs of yesteryear. In addition, the Keystone badge was reintroduced on certain models in the early '80s. It also had a grey flecked paint finish inside the drum so that less visually appealing pieces of wood could be used there. Again, these are extremely small details only really noticeable with a side by side comparison.
Kent Manufacturing Company of Ed and Bill Kent, and is in no way intended to represent any other companies, equipment or accessories. Compare 30 million ads · Find Ludwig Badges faster! Vintage Drum Sets Archives - Vintage Drum Center Contact Vintage Drum Center. These items are available from a warehouse other than ours. Two Basses, four toms,and a beautiful snare drum. What year was the oval badge last used, when did the keystone badge make its first appearance? The first set was from 1946, and had enameled and plain badges.
They weren't producing the same drums. The more coveted vintage drums feature the 3-ply construction. Blue and olive Ludwig badges. Granitone Finish From autumn 1968 through 1975, Ludwig changed the mahogany plies over to maple, and in 1976 introduced the Classic series, abandoning the reinforcement rings and opting for six plies of maple and poplar. Shells are made from North American maple using 7-ply construction with cross laminated ply layers and grain rotated 90 degrees between layers for rock solid strength and booming performance. A drum was stamped when the shell was finished, providing the most accurate depiction of the age of wood due to the fact final assembly came later.
The same shell was eventually used on the higher priced Super Classics. There you have it; and kindly spread the word to your Kent drum associates. Get a big sound with this 7 pc. 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. 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. From the inception of date-stamping in 1960 through 1963, Ludwig solely used red ink.
Now, get out there and grab a piece of history. The Zephyr lug had the tensions rods tap directly into the lug but I have had many and never a problem with stripping. They were 4 ply shells, 6 or 7 mm thick and made of poplar and birch. Steve Maxwell Vintage and Custom Drums Leedy Timeline of. If you are interested in more history, please visit. Thanks to all for the input. Blue and olive Ludwig badges.
Other replacement parts come up frequently on ebay. They were competing companies with different product lines. Designers and companies alike began to understand the science of shell makeup and mold. Ludwig drums Public Group Facebook Ludwig drums has 5,671 members. As to the shortcomings, bad bearing edges leads the list, the snare strainer is a close second. The Classic Birch series was dropped in 2009 for its decline in demand.