Thanks for the info Bob. I believe it's that thick ply of poplar in the middle is what gives these drums that great sound! I love my orphan kit but man I want one in WMP!
Larry,Ludwig like it's contempories of the same era,had bins with badges in them,which were in no particular order.When a worker mounted a badge and grommet on a shell,they just grabbed whatever was there.Thats why serial numbers on the badge when used as a method of dating a drum are not precise and are approximate only.Pieced together kits...I don't think Ludwig has ever sold a set with consecutive serial numbers, so if you think about it, they're all pieced together anyway. As long as it's period correct, that's about as good as it gets with Ludwig. Not a knock, just reality.
Actually, and I didn't say it, but I was referring to 6.5" black beauties. Were they available in the 60's or whenever they re-continued the line?Yes Larry ,Ludwig did make 6.5x14 snare drums in the 60's .The LM 402 supraphonic,LM 411 supersensitive metal shells and for 3 ply wood shells the Symphonic,School Festival,Pioneer and Auditorium models.
Production stopped just before WW II.Ludwig resurected the BB in 77 and offered the 416 5",the 417 6.5 and 418/419 5" and 6.5 supersensitive.Actually, and I didn't say it, but I was referring to 6.5" black beauties. Were they available in the 60's or whenever they re-continued the line?