Dating ludwig drums by serial Chaticam amex
It is devoted to Ludwig Drums and Ludwig Drum History.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.There is an entire section devoted to Ludwig Drums, including the history of Ludwig Drums, drum badges, drum finishes and catalog pages on their snare drums as well as drum sets.
The ever important serial number which some companies keep detailed records of unfortunately does not exist in the history of drums.Badges were applied somewhat randomly with no real attention paid by Ludwig nor records kept of the numbers being used. The only one to pay attention to is Rick's (KCDrumdad's) publication which actually has some serious data behind it.The numbers did increase through time so they do give some indication of when a drum was made but are far from definitive and can only give you a "ballpark" idea at best. 162xxxx should fall somewhere between 19 which would still be 3 ply drums.Thanks for stopping by and take a look at our special e Bay searches on our Ludwig Shopping Page.We can pretty acurately date Ludwig drums and Ludwig serial numbers are a big help, but not an exact science.