I don't have any ludwig drums from after 1981 so I never looked into serial numbers past that. It's definitely not 10 years old or anything like that. It can look more silver-ish in certain lighting though.The snares also remained under constant tension even when disengaged from the bottom head.Individual snare adjustment was possible by the use of a screw driver.I am looking for some help interpreting Ludwig date codes.Background: I have seen many Ludwig B/O Badge and Standard drums from the early 1970s which have paper labels inside them.
I won’t clutter up this thread with all of the descriptions throughout the years since they pretty much remained the same, but will show a number of images of the Snare so you can get a better feel for how they should look from the different eras.
There should be a stamp on the inside of the shell. I have some with an actual M/Y stamp like 072010 in a small-ish size, and some with a different, larger stamp with only 3 numbers. I always just assumed it was "kit 109" because it was made in the first year they offered the Long Lugs as an available option. I highly doubt that it's any more complicated than that with the "M. Yes, that's my kit, now all I need is hardware and cymbals and new heads and.... :) I searched around the Vintge Drum Forum, but was reluctanat to post a question as I suspect my kit would not fall under the 'vintage' designation. Then I have a CM snare from '08 that doesn't have any stamp in it at all....
But thanks for that lead, a great site which I'll be visting from now on. If that's true, then Karl, you're right on the money with your post! Hey Karl, thanks for verifying/comparing the numbers against your own pieces.
During the 1920s, this was known as the Professional Strainer and was used on their top models until around 1929.
This strainer would later be known as the Pioneer strainer, being used on secondary models such as the Pioneer and the Universal snare drums.