Dating my ludwig 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. 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. It means there was a batch of badges with numbers on them that fell outside the normal progression of numbers.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 web site link is available so feel free to visit their web sites and learn more.
As always, we are learning and researching and adding new items to this web site, like our rare and never seen Ludwig Factory Videos from 1964! Since we can't list it all here, our Vintage Drum Guide houses all the research and history on Ludwig Drums and that is the place to do more research!We also have to state that much of the record keeping was archaic at best and in some cases history was destroyed in plant fires or just tossed in the garbage! With that said many drum companies never even used serial numbers early on.In most cases the best way to estimate the date of a drum is its physical characteristics.His books are a complete guide and offers more insight then these tables.This web site is not affiliated with the Ludwig Drum Company.