Many of the snare stands, foot pedals, and drum hardware still bore the imprint of WFL, while some bore the pre Ludwig trademark but continued to be sold while the company made new dies bearing the Ludwig Drum Company logo. Many snare drums were built with the new Ludwig strainer on the throw-off side and a WFL butt-plate. Since the design of the parts was identical for both names, Ludwig used the old parts until they ran out, and then replaced them with identical parts with the new brand. The same rule held true for badges to some extent. When William F. Shortly after the purchase of the Ludwig name, the decision was made to change the name to the Ludwig Drum Company. They were strictly for inventory purposes, and any number could wind up on any drum. Due to the volume of drums Ludwig was producing at that time in response to the Ringo effect, a lot of badges were used and the bins were refilled as supplies got low. Another method of dating most Ludwig drums is the rubber-stamped date on the inside the shell. The dates are frequently smeared beyond the point of recognition, but by observing the ink color, you can approximate from which half of the decade your drum comes.
The Ludwig Pioneer snare drum first appeared in the Ludwig catalogue, marketed as a lower priced student drum. It soon became a market leader in the USA at the lower price range, outselling its brand competitors that had similar models. Today it no longer has the budget tag — here in the UK the drum is becoming a very popular choice for use in the studio. The drum is made up of a 3 ply shell with maple reinforcement rings.
oK I’ve included pics of just snare so far but promise to add the rest of the set 22″ 16″ 12″ all in white marine pearl – all with calf skin heads and.
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When the group made its first American television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in , Ringo was so impressed with the Ludwig drum kit provided that he asked Bill Ludwig to build one specially for him, with the company name emblazoned on the bass drumhead. Ludwig did so, prompting such a huge demand for his products that the Chicago-based firm had to build a ,sq ft extension to its factory and recruit a night shift.
The clumsy old wood pedal, used to accompany circus marches, could not meet the rigorous demands of the new syncopated jazz and ragtime rhythms, and the brothers invented the modern bass drum pedal now used by professional drummers worldwide.
DW Collector’s Series Exotic Snare Drum USED!!! Price$ · Gretsch 75th Anniversary Price$ · WFL Snare Drum USED!!! RELEASE DATE 4/5/20.
Reverse-tucked head – 4 small L-Brackets mounted on the outer side of each hoops. There is also a small, hand written date in pencil on the top, outer edge of the front head not pictured. July 9 Very majestic! John documented the entire restoration process. Great work John! Restored in by Jeremy Esposito. This is possible one of the first kits built by RGB. Snare: 6.
The Ray Bauduc 1958 WFL Endorsement Drum Kit
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Preferred by professionals for its tonal versatility, Classic Maple drums are the ideal choice for any performance LLX80 Ludwig Club Date Pro Beat Blue.
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It does not say Ludwig or WFL on the drums the badges are missing. The pictures give a good idea as to the condition. Take a look!
Brand new Ludwig club date bass drum. Shells, hoops, and heads in brand new condition. 14×24” bass drum Black Gold Duco Finish. Classic flat imperial.
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The evolution of Ludwig hardware is a detailed and multi-faceted story. For this reason and the aforementioned trend of updating vintage drums, hardware will not be covered in this guide. Date stamps are simultaneously the best and worst means to properly date a Ludwig drum from the ’60s use of the date stamp was discontinued ca. A drum was stamped when the shell was finished, providing the most accurate depiction of the age of wood due to the fact final assembly came later.
The difficulty in date stamps is, more often than not, that the stamp has been rendered illegible or removed completely due to the wear and tear of the years.
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1950s WFL (Ludwig) Drum Value?
Ludwig introduces Black Beauty Snare Drums – one of the most sought after snare drum sounds in the recording industry. Black Beauty Snare Drums are still produced today and sold around the world. Ludwig introduces Balanced Action Timpani. Ludwig introduces the Gold Triumphal Snare Drum. Ludwig becomes the leader with key artists performing on Ludwig including John Bonham from Led Zeppelin. Ludwig expands as school music markets explode….
SOLD Vintage Ludwig WFL (Ludwig) Drum Catalog – , 44 colorful pages. Size 8 1/2″ x 11″. Fair condition: 1 page is separated from the binding; [ ].
OK people, we need to be a bit more imaginative. I mean, if you have the bucks and money is no object, by all means just go for the high-end stuff. But if you are like me, and the bank account is limited, then a little effort is required. Yeah, I wish I could buy every Gladstone drum that came along like I did when no one knew what they were or who he was well, practically no one.
But with the escalating prices of vintage drums, I have to be more creative. Personally, I am in rapt ecstasy over the current price trend of vintage drums. I genuinely surprised and amused when I see vintage drum collectors whine and cry sometimes belligerently over these price trends. DUDE, your collection is going up in value.
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This is a completely original WFL symphonic model snare drum in gorgeous black diamond pearl. This is a closet find, it is completely original, right down to the calf skin heads and snare wires. Even the original calf skin strap is attached to the butt side of the snare wire set.
The kick drum is s i believe. maybe , the date inside the drum is a bit smeared. I’m considering now selling the kick, rack tom, and snare to get 60s.
The use of tube lugs would remain unchanged until , when Ludwig now owned by G. Considered by many to be the most elegant lug ever designed, the Imperial tension casing incorporated a beautiful and majestic art deco design. Like the original Slingerland Streamline lug, it too had the threads tapped directly into the metal casing and suffered from the same thread design flaw as the Slingerland Streamline lug from that era.
The Imperial lugs were not incorporated into bass drum design until around This unbelievably rare snare drum is an engraved Deluxe version of the Silver Anniversary model. From the Mike Curotto collection. Nickel plated version. By , the lug was given an internal spring and swivel inserts similar to those of Slingerland and Leedy. This beautiful lug would see continual use throughout the next decade and a very similar version is still in use today.
Single as well as double ended lugs were offered. A backing plate was usually installed between the lug and the shell. Bass drums were equipped with either standard length lugs or extra long versions. These lugs came in a few different colors and contained metal interior parts. Very few examples exist today.
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There is also a small, hand written date (in pencil) on the top, outer edge of the ‘s Walberg and Auge CarryAll Bass Drum with Snare (Drum Kit) Walberg and Auge / WFL Hybrid Drum Set in ‘Black Diamond Pearl’ Finish.
Some of the shells , oh yeah, were gorgeous! Some of them are not what you think. You were given fair warning. I described my experience acquiring such a drum kit in these pages. The look was interesting, granted, but the metal was soft and prone to crack; the shells were porous second-grade Asian softer-woods, overly flexible, and often untrue or out-of-round.
They had no value as trade-ups to prestigious brands they emulated: Slingerland, Gretsch, and occasionally Rogers. Truth be told, for the most part, those stencil brand kits were dodgy and, if not outright junk, they rarely peaked the VU meters. There were, perhaps, such stencil brands emanating from the Pearl and Hoshino later Tama factories in the sixties. Today, my research suggests strongly that I limit myself to a discussion of Pearl s shells, specifically the good that resides alongside the bad and the ugly.
The good we never would have imagined possible. I know I certainly missed the point all these years. All I know is what I heard…when playing these budget kits in moments of weakness. Sometimes the tone defied preconceptions, repeat sometimes. I was paying attention, or so I thought!