View Full Version : Ludwig 400 Snare Age Question
08-15-2005, 12:26 PM
hi ,i wonder if you could help me to date a ludwig 400 snare that i have,its a 14 x 5 supraphonic with serial no 337541 it is either brass or gold plated and i think the shell is steel,any help would be greatly appreciated
08-16-2005, 02:48 PM
I have seen one other example of that snare drum in the WFL version. It was submitted to my site a long time ago and I even had it featured on the home page. I never really found out more about it. Here is a picture of it. This is probably the drum you are asking about just a newer version after WFL. I'm guessing if yours has that serial number then it is 60's maybe 66. The one below would be older.
Thanks Bonzoleum! I asked the person to send a picture of the badge and the shell so we can get proof of the drum as they state it is.
08-22-2005, 01:33 AM
David: are you sure the serial # isn't 7 digits? There shouldn't be any factory brass or gold plated Supras with those numbers.. Could you post/email me some pics?
THe WFL drum pictured above is a Lacquered Super Ludwig which was offerd from about '58 to '62..
08-22-2005, 09:11 AM
I have had numerous emails with this person before I even posted the thread. He does not have a digital camera. I suggested they purchase a disposable digital. They say the serial number is correct and the drum has a baseball bat muffler and the same strainer in the picture.
As always I suggest they send a pic for better evaluation. Unless the drum is some sort of anomoly or a different shell with the correct parts.
Without the pictures we can't go any further with this drum.
Thanks for your information, it helps to have you on the forum and I look forward to figuring out exactly what drum this is.
I will update the thread as soon as he figures out the pictures
08-31-2005, 09:59 AM
The web visitor sent pictures of the drum, I had to clean them up. From what I see on that third picture is someone tried to engrave the shell and never finished.
09-04-2005, 11:57 PM
It looks to be a brass plated aluminum shell judging by the silver showing in the engraving..It's hard to see from the pics if it indeed could be a Super Ludwig brass shell, but it looks to be a brass colored Ludaloy shell.
Of course the drum (posted) above it looks to be a genuine WFL/LUDWIG lacquered brass Super Ludwig for sure.
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