Dating wfl drums
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The earlier versions had small screws that held the inserts in place.
Eventually, an internal copper spring was added in order to allow even more flexibility and eliminated the need for these screws.
This section exists as a guide to identifying and dating, Ludwig drums produced in the 1960’s.
It is heavily concentrated on factors that were included on all cataloged trap kits, and wood drums of this era.
This allowed some free movement of the threaded insert eliminating the tendency to strip. Here is an example of an early 1930s lug made of cast aluminum.
The use of tube lugs would remain unchanged until 1935-1936, when Ludwig (now owned by G. Conn) introduced their new Imperial or Streamline snare drum lug casing.Drum Company changed that with the introduction of the first non-tubular design. Conn Company and a true innovation in lug design was introduced that year.This new design was an important one in that it solved the problem of thread damage by the inclusion of a swivel insert. Known as the X lug or Box lug, this new tension casing was attached to the drum shell from inside the drum with two screws.We can pretty acurately date Ludwig drums and Ludwig serial numbers are a big help, but not an exact science.Other special features like badges, shell plys and the interior finish all help in giving you a date range of your drums manufacture.
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This was a transition badge and you will see it with and without a serial number it is prior to and during the move to Monroe.