It was like being transported back to 1949 and taking delivery of a brand new Ludwig lightweight gigging kit.Duco (dual colour) finishes and double-ended centre lugs characterised the cheaper lines by Ludwig, Slingerland and Rogers.The Vintage Drum Forum can be found by clicking here.
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.
In most cases the best way to estimate the date of a drum is its physical characteristics.
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 no exact date of when they stopped and switched to the next badge - there are cross-over drums.
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.
It's the tone, concept and design that took the world of drums to another level.
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I would consider this the hardest to find badge since it was a peel and stick transition badge.
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.
We have not covered all models such as Clubdate or Standard series, but we will be adding more info in 2018.