These days, I've been playing with the idea of a Legacy kit augmented with a Classic Maple snare drum. This is especially the case when import drums started flooding the market with a lower priced alternative set of drums. Until now, dating of Ludwig Standards represented another gap in the information available to the vintage drum enthusiast. I could have opted to not get the canister throne but I'm glad I did as I got the last one Ludwig ever made. However, it is possible to find some very early Supra-Phonics with one or both of the hoops being chrome over brass.
I think in general serial numbers do play an important role in the commercial market especially electronics and other high end items. Yes, that means it looks like a research paper complete with footnotes, but this one is in full color with many graphs and pictures. In fact, I think the pitting and bubbles lends a special character to those drums that is just cool. Now go play your drums. I want to thank the many forum members who reported their drums and particularly mlayton, zenstat and K.
Seam solid, hardware shines, all spacers there. The 1958 Super-Ludwig was made of one solid piece of rolled brass that was formed into a circle and welded. Conclusion Armed with this information, you now have the tools at hand to begin identifying and dating the Ludwigs of yesteryear. The kit arrived about 5 weeks later and, lo and behold, with sequential numbers! It's not for lack of trying - they're just that good. With that said many drum companies never even used serial numbers early on.
I requested sequential serial numbers, but was told they could not honor it. Follow this link to YouTube video showing press rolls played on Super-Ludwig:. A clear lacquer finish was used in 1960, 1968, 1969, and part of 1970. Rick The following list may be helpful. Bearing edges look like they have been sanded a little bit on the bottom and could use a little love. The most interesting serial numbered drum I have is the snare drum they made for my 2011 set, which was a custom Legacy set.
They cover everything from the metallic crisp pop of the steel shell Rocker, to the deep punchy tone of brass shell snares, to the warm round tone of the bronze shell and the solid crack of the Rocker Elite Piccolo Snare. I am by no means the highest authority on this subject. Rack tom - 3359176 Bass drum - 3359180 Floor tom - 3359178 Snare drum - 3350010 Interesting how Kurt has a kit that was made 13 years after mine, yet his serial number range is 20,000 lower than mine. My biggest fear is that somehow the shade of champagne sparkle has changed over three years and the floor tom won't match. In total, information from more than 5,700 drums has been gathered to assist with analysis of trends and patterns that are serial number based and not date based. The evidence is seen in the bubbles, pitting, and excessive peeling of chrome from the surface of the early Supra-Phonic snares.
In most cases they also included a host of other band instruments and items related to the music business. These badges also adorned the aluminum Acrolite snare from 1994 to the mid 2000s, when the drum featured a Black Galaxy Sparkle finish. Opinion, speculation and opportunistic misinterpretation of the existing resources should be replaced with solid factual information collected from large numbers of vintage drums. Paolo Sburlati Ludwig: Yesterday and Today, Paolo Sburlati Enterprises, Turin, Italy,1999. Once during a Concert , I started playing this and noticed from the corner of my eye.
While many of these snares are still available there may be some snares that have been discontinued or that were a limited production run. This is kind of a project I decided to undergo. Another obvious characteristic of brass is that it is much heavier than the Acousti-Perfect Ludalloy aluminum shell. That is a crazy story. Fifty-eight have date stamps but badges without serial numbers and 120 additional drums have serial numbers and Date Codes. The Super-Ludwig lug casings are heavier than the Supra-Phonic lugs.
That is because when Ludwig made a design change, they gradually used up the leftover inventory of previous models resulting in some overlap of components. How do these two iconic variations of snare drum compare where it really matters, that is to say, in sound and playability? Everything is in great, clean and polished condition. I can only imagine that the Legacy's sound even more amazing. The Super-Ludwig weighs about 10 pounds. As already referenced, from 1958—1962 the Super-Ludwig was made from a rolled brass and welded shell. I'm praying that the champagne wrap they use still looks the same. I hope that you find my latest effort worthwhile.