Dating ludwig drums by hardware

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But by 1976, their method of construction for drums had changed drastically. Shells now consisted of 6-ply maple/poplar mix without reinforcement rings.

Ludwig badges are simple characteristic indicating which era a Ludwig drum could be placed.

The 70’s blue and olive badge started as rhombus shape with pointed non-continuous lower left and upper right corners.

had been a professional drummer, playing with circuses and touring vaudeville shows, along with the occasional skating-rink gig.

Since this work was irregular, he and his brother, Theobald, opened a drum shop in Chicago; they called it Ludwig & Ludwig.

These clip mounts were featured as early as ’68, but became more evident in the 1970’s.

In 1979, Ludwig introduced modular bracket and the redesigned blue/olive badge with all four corners rounded.

Bass drum spurs were also among notable changes that Ludwig shell hardware made, marking transitions in design from the 60’s and into the 70’s.

Retracting, 5/16”, arched curved spurs were introduced in the 1970 catalog, however, existing as early as 1968.

Ludwig drums could also be identified even further, than simply from the badge, into a specific time period of the 70’s by the construction of the shell, and the hardware used throughout the drum.

Ludwig shells from 1970-1975 carried the 3-ply maple/ poplar/ maple with the re-enforcement ring construction of the late 60’s.

As it happens, Starr chose that brand upon joining the band simply because he liked the oyster pearl black color of the drum kit he chose.

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