What you might not know if you are new to vintage drums is that manufactureres did not keep accurate records and inventory control was not part of the daily operations of drum making.
One day a box of drum badges could turn up or in many cases new serial number badges were put on top of older serial number badges making it difficult for us today to know exactly when the drum was made.
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.
This section exists as a guide to identifying and dating, Ludwig drums produced in the 1960’s.
It is heavily concentrated on factors that were included on all cataloged trap kits, and wood drums of this era.
There is a certain passion and joy that goes into documenting, or identifying a vintage drum, especially one manufactured by Ludwig.
It tells a story, not only in what it is, but where it's been; the roads traveled, its relevance to drum manufacturing, and its influence on music.It was probably used just at the beginning of the war until the one below was put in production. These badges have been found on drums from the 1960's.There is no exact date of when they stopped and switched to the next badge - there are cross-over drums.“Even though we stepped up our production, the orders for our drums came in faster than we could make them,” said William F. I would consider this the hardest to find badge since it was a peel and stick transition badge.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.