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Old 05-19-2012, 10:37 PM
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Hello everyone,

I was working at the drum shop today and a guy came in looking for a new (old) head for an old Ludwig snare drum. He didn’t know much about the drum, but being a Ludwig lover I was definitely interested. I talked him into bringing the drum in so I could see it and I fell in love the second I did. Long story short, I bought it from him a few hours later.

Now is the hard part… What is it? I know it is an old 15” by 10” Ludwig snare drum and that is about it. Does anyone know how old it is? Any information (or links to information) would be much appreciated.

I am also interested in restoring it. I would like to get some old-school calf skin heads and some old gut snares. What do you guys think? Has anyone ever worked with anything this old? Thanks a lot!!!
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:17 PM
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Wow thats really an antic piece.
Try it out and tell if it sounds good :)
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:05 AM
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That drum is in the Ludwig 1918 catalog,and a few subsequent ones as the "Center support,thumb rod street drum.It also came with silk wound steel snares.Check otu the vintage drum forum,vintage drum guide.

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:24 AM
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That drum is in the Ludwig 1918 catalog
+1. My guess would have been 20's. I have a nickel plated 13" snare, that's just a "little more modern" than your snare.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:55 PM
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Default Re: (Very) Old Ludwig Snare Drum

Anyone have an ideas for fixing it up.

I am cleaning everything up real nice, but will need a few things:


Anyone have recommendations for calfskin heads? From my limited knowledge and research I am thinking that I will go with Earthtone. Anybody have more information about them or any other company?

I also will need some snares. I have never done this before. I have read about Ludwig snares sold by the yard. Where can I get this and how do I put them on?


Thanks everyone. I really do appreciate all of the help.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:26 PM
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Only guy I know who uses calf skin heads makes them himself.
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I've only heard of Earthtone. They've been around for a long time and that says enough for me.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:28 PM
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Dude, PLEASE post more pics when you get that thing cleaned up. It looks wonderful for an eighty-odd year old drum. Great find!
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:32 PM
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So how much did this seduction and acquisition transaction set you back? Looks like a fun cleanup project.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:41 PM
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So how much did this seduction and acquisition transaction set you back? Looks like a fun cleanup project.
I ended up paying $40!
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Anyone have recommendations for calfskin heads? From my limited knowledge and research I am thinking that I will go with Earthtone. Anybody have more information about them or any other company?
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:36 PM
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Anyone have an ideas for fixing it up.

I am cleaning everything up real nice, but will need a few things:


Anyone have recommendations for calfskin heads? From my limited knowledge and research I am thinking that I will go with Earthtone. Anybody have more information about them or any other company?

I also will need some snares. I have never done this before. I have read about Ludwig snares sold by the yard. Where can I get this and how do I put them on?


Thanks everyone. I really do appreciate all of the help.
For answers to these questions and just about anything else regarding old drums, check out the Vintage Drum Forum. I'm sure they'd love to hear the story too!

http://vintagedrumforum.com
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:57 PM
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I ended up paying $40!
Wow a steal if nothing other than just restore and display. Hard to imagine it was built around time of World War I. About 25 years before Ringo Starr was even born...
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