Ludwig serial number dating guides
I only put them in one location to make it easier for people to get the information.
Here is the dating guide for 60's and 70's Ludwig Drums.
We have a large collection of literature, articles and photos of this model snare drum.
The Supra Snare Drum history section will document the drum from the early chrome over brass (COB) to the Ludalloy version and the differences between the two snare drums.
What exactly does "out of sequence" on the Ludwig dating chart in 1970 mean? I'm confused because I'm looking at a pointy B/O badge kit with 3 ply painted white interior shells (maybe unoriginal but look kinda legit...) and serial numbers are very high. 78 was around when the switch to 6 ply occurred so there could still be three plies from then as they used stuff up.
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. It means there was a batch of badges with numbers on them that fell outside the normal progression of numbers.
Based on this calculation, Chart #2 shows a cumulative yearly growth of 133,000 serial numbers from 1964 through 1969. Gherlach how close our yearly serial number estimate was to the drum company’s yearly drum production output.It's best to look for other clues as to the age of the drums.The badge itself is a clue....pointy corners is one of the first few years...rounded the corners off in about 71 or so.The Ludwig Drum Experts have an extensive section devoted to Ludwig Drums over on our Vintage Drum Guide web site.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.