Thesis Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003 , pp. The Black Beauty snare drum has a brass or bronze shell and we can help you determine that. Viatalite drums were the most popular of all of the acryilc shelled drums and today still have a warm place in many drummers hearts as their favorite drums from the past. These badges have been found on drums from the 1960's. Vistalite Drum Experts This Vistalite website is all about the wonderful and colorful drums from the Ludwig Drum Company. Final production of Gretsch drums with the Round Badge was in 1971.
Again, these are extremely small details only really noticeable with a side by side comparison. Brass rims with edges bent over and rounded. If the drums in question do not have the original heads then a flag should go up that something is wrong with the drums. Ludwig Drum Company History - History of Vintage Drums The history of Ludwig Drums - The Vintage Drum Guide shows you Ludwig Finishes, Ludwig Drum Badges, Ludwig Drum Set catalog pages, Ludwig Snare Drum catalog pages and the most complete Ludwig history all on one vintage drum web site. The first set was from 1946, and had enameled and plain badges. It is solely a means to help similar drum restorers properly and proudly display the Kent name on their finished product! Other replacement parts come up frequently on ebay. Ludwig and Ludwig's first snare model: All Metal Separate-Tension Drum.
Not sure where I got this badge! It's amazing how many great instruments were spawned from a failure. So lets look at the first few criteria: 1. Gift of Ruth Shipley, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1987. Eight, two-center post tube lugs with clips. Maple rims with roller hooks, six on the snare head rim and twelve on the batter head rim, through which the rope passes. Wood shell, red lacquer with a center strip of cream-colored plastic veneer added. The inherent limitations of the existing dating guides and their frequent misuse by some in the vintage drum community inspires a fresh look into how to best date and authenticate Ludwig drums.
Soon after taking over, Fred Jr. Thesis Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003 , pp. At that point, Ludwig introduced the Granitone finish, a gritty grey coating used to cover aesthetically displeasing blemishes in the interior wood finish. Leedy in a failed attempt to have the Leedy Drum Company begin the manufacture of brass-shelled drums. This leaves an out-dent on the edge of the badge. Meanwhile in 1937 Bill Ludwig reentered the drum business and started the William F Ludwig drum company.
The Complete History of the Leedy Drum Company. Most Kents are found with either missing, torn or otherwise mangled badges. So if you are a fan of Ludwig Drums then you have found the right place. Designers and companies alike began to understand the science of shell makeup and mold. We also have a with the largest collection of Ludwig History on the Internet. Photo courtesy Harold Lee Yen.
Blue and olive Ludwig badges. Even drums that are not mint that have been in the same case for many years have the original heads. Bill continued to travel and play professionally selling pedals when ever possible. Sixteen Thumb-Rod Orchestra model No. As of December 10, 2013, 472 drums are recorded, with 75 reliable reports of drums with both serial numbers and date stamps, There are 20 drums with serial numbers and labels with date codes. Vintage Drum Gear Archives - Vintage Drum Center Contact Vintage Drum Center. Snare drum by Trommel-Fabrik Weissenfels changed to Sonor in 1907 , Weissenfels an der Saale, Germany, ca.
Great American Drums and the Companies that Made Them. Of course, chrome can be cleaned up, wrap polished and heads replaced. Torino: Paolo Sburlati Enterprises, 1999, pp. Professional, retro-style drum set made of proportionate 100% Maple shells with Silver Sealer interior. I previously thought the oval badge's closure was 1939 with the keystone badge debuting 1940. As to the shortcomings, bad bearing edges leads the list, the snare strainer is a close second. This site is a Black Beauty dedication site about Ludwig Black Beauty history and Ludwig Drum Company history.
Once again innovation launched Ludwig to the forefront of American drums. Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M. Thesis Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003 , pp. Single-flanged metal rims hoops with hooks. 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. If you have been around the internet, you will see in fact that a lot of old drums still have the original heads.