Dating vintage ludwig drums
They can offer great response and brightness when tuned high; tuned down low, with the snares buzzing a bit and your favourite damping, and youre hitting that lovely fat, but crisp, vintage thud.
They all have a unique voice, and obviously some sound better than others; some just have that vintage Mojo straight off the rack at any tuning, some need a little work to find their sweet spot.
Current market price for a drum in good condition is £250-300.
As I regularly get asked for recommendations on snare drums, and advice on getting vintage sounds in the studio, I thought I’d start a weekly column discussing various classic and vintage drums with some accompanying video content.
The strainer is the later P83 in chrome, but its fitted with the late 50’s round knob muffler.
Another is in natural mahogany with nickel on brass hardware and a red felt dampener (but a serial number that dates it to 1965)!
If you are looking to begin your vintage snare collection, or you are looking for a classic vintage sound in the studio, then this would be a great starting point.
It became the backbeat to Rock n’ Roll alongside the metal shell ‘Supraphonic 400’ and sold in huge quantity in the 1960s due to a certain drummer named Ringo.
Originally the drum featured a ‘Large Pioneer’ throw, and was available in depths of 5.5 and 6.5”.
Finishes included mahogany, lacquer (two colour Duco) or pearl.
We have a selection of these wonderful drums in the shop, in a variety of colours and with different features according to age – with and without internal tone control muffler, nickel and chrome hardware options.
As I’m sure you’ll agree, these drums sound amazing and remain a firm favourite in the recording studio as a ‘go-to’ drum.
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The drum remained in production into the 1970’s, with features following the same pattern as other drums – updated lugs, snare strainer change from P83 to P85), Tone control muffler updated to round knob etc.