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Old 08-28-2017, 07:17 AM
vinniecal vinniecal is offline
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I'd like to find out some accurate information about my vintage Ludwig drums; Name/Model Type, Year and Worth -(approximate dollar value based on condition). Originally purchased in Massachusetts around 1979-80 as a (5) piece with 5"x 14" Supraphonic Chrome Snare (not included). All drum hardware (rims, lugs, etc.) are original and in very good condition. All drums sound awesome and inside shells still smell new. Some of the following info is my best guess.

Shell Material: Wood (Maple)
Finish: Natural Maple Wood
Plys: 6-ply
Dimensions: 22x14, 16x16, 13x9, 12x8
Badge: Blue&Olive with Serial Number (pointed edges)
Serial Numbers: Bass-1813584;16"Tom-1813536;13"Tom-1813537;12"Tom-1813538
Interior: natural (not painted)
Defects: 13"Tom-small crack (repaired); Internal Muffles Removed (holes intact); Some wear & tear on finish.

Any info would be helpful. Thanks
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Old 08-28-2017, 08:22 AM
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Hello vinneical... and to the forum!

Based on the information supplied, I would say you have the Big Beat kit, which was a very popular outfit. Very cool that 3 of the serial numbers are consecutive! Badges were in a bin and the assembler would just grab a handful to apply to the shells. It may have just been luck, or possibly requested to have close serial numbers.

I would guess this Big Beat kit is from around 1978. The shells would be 6-ply during this time period.

Value is always tough to determine without pictures, but based on what you describe, I would guess that $1000 - $1200 would not be out of line. Other members will probably weigh in with their thoughts.

-Mark
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Old 08-28-2017, 01:41 PM
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, sounds like some nice drums.
Always liked natural Maple kits.
A picture would be nice and help for sure.

Wayne
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Old 08-28-2017, 05:56 PM
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Tried to add pictures. Not sure if they went through.
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Old 08-30-2017, 03:07 PM
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Those 6-ply shells are some of the best sounding drums I've ever played and that Ludwig ever made. I don't know what kind of music you play, but that kit will be perfect for anything. Enjoy them.

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Old 08-30-2017, 08:04 PM
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Are you trying to get information so you can sell them?
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:18 PM
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Are you trying to get information so you can sell them?
Are you trying to get information so you can buy them?

Once an addict... always an addict! <grin>

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Old 08-31-2017, 12:21 AM
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Are you trying to get information so you can buy them?

Once an addict... always an addict! <grin>

John - Fellow drum junkie
You are "CORRECT SIR".
However I am not buying at this time.
You should see how many Blaemire Drums I have now.
Good enough for a while.
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:32 PM
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Since the info I received from my first post I've come across a term I believe might be relative to my Lugwigs - "Thermogloss Finish". Does anybody know how I might find out if this process was used on my kit?
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