When the group made its first American television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in , Ringo was so impressed with the Ludwig drum kit provided that he asked Bill Ludwig to build one specially for him, with the company name emblazoned on the bass drumhead. Ludwig did so, prompting such a huge demand for his products that the Chicago-based firm had to build a ,sq ft extension to its factory and recruit a night shift. The clumsy old wood pedal, used to accompany circus marches, could not meet the rigorous demands of the new syncopated jazz and ragtime rhythms, and the brothers invented the modern bass drum pedal now used by professional drummers worldwide. By the s it had become the biggest drum company in the world. His playing career began at the age of eight, when his father brought home a practice pad on a drum stand, an instruction book, and an oversized pair of sticks. As a young man, Bill Ludwig saw the fortunes of the American drum industry rise and fall.
Some of the shells , oh yeah, were gorgeous! Some of them are not what you think. You were given fair warning. I described my experience acquiring such a drum kit in these pages.
There is also a small, hand written date (in pencil) on the top, outer edge of the ‘s Walberg and Auge CarryAll Bass Drum with Snare (Drum Kit) Walberg and Auge / WFL Hybrid Drum Set in ‘Black Diamond Pearl’ Finish.
Many of the snare stands, foot pedals, and drum hardware still bore the imprint of WFL, while some bore the pre Ludwig trademark but continued to be sold while the company made new dies bearing the Ludwig Drum Company logo. Many snare drums were built with the new Ludwig strainer on the throw-off side and a WFL butt-plate. Since the design of the parts was identical for both names, Ludwig used the old parts until they ran out, and then replaced them with identical parts with the new brand.
The same rule held true for badges to some extent. When William F. Shortly after the purchase of the Ludwig name, the decision was made to change the name to the Ludwig Drum Company. They were strictly for inventory purposes, and any number could wind up on any drum. Due to the volume of drums Ludwig was producing at that time in response to the Ringo effect, a lot of badges were used and the bins were refilled as supplies got low. Another method of dating most Ludwig drums is the rubber-stamped date on the inside the shell.
The dates are frequently smeared beyond the point of recognition, but by observing the ink color, you can approximate from which half of the decade your drum comes. One explanation for this is that the company put badges on the shells after applying their covering. When two rack toms first appeared on a set, they were the same size, and the same applied to floor toms and bass drums.
1950s WFL (Ludwig) Drum Value?
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Another method of dating most Ludwig drums is the rubber-stamped x 16″ bass/snare drum, and appeared in the ’55 and ’57 Ludwig/WFL.
Ludwig introduces Black Beauty Snare Drums – one of the most sought after snare drum sounds in the recording industry. Black Beauty Snare Drums are still produced today and sold around the world. Ludwig introduces Balanced Action Timpani. Ludwig introduces the Gold Triumphal Snare Drum. Ludwig becomes the leader with key artists performing on Ludwig including John Bonham from Led Zeppelin.
Ludwig expands as school music markets explode…. Ludwig Senior passes. William F. Ludwig Jr. Ludwig II aka Jr. Ludwig re-introduces a limited production of the Gold Triumphal Snare Drum.
OK people, we need to be a bit more imaginative. I mean, if you have the bucks and money is no object, by all means just go for the high-end stuff. But if you are like me, and the bank account is limited, then a little effort is required.
Conn decided to discontinue the unprofitable Leedy & Ludwig division four years later in Wm. F. Ludwig II (of the WFL drum company) and Bud Slingerland (.
This is a completely original WFL symphonic model snare drum in gorgeous black diamond pearl. This is a closet find, it is completely original, right down to the calf skin heads and snare wires. Even the original calf skin strap is attached to the butt side of the snare wire set. This drum has never been cleaned or detailed and every single part is factory original!!
These are chrome plated and each claw hook has the WFL logo stamped into the metal surface. The Hihat is unique..!. I used to play a set of late 40s Turk K hats.. Everything was too big.. Selling as a pair.. For sale, Ludwig 10×14, 4 ply white cortex with badge, factory silver sealer inside. Jump to. Sections of this page. Accessibility help.
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The use of tube lugs would remain unchanged until , when Ludwig now owned by G. Considered by many to be the most elegant lug ever designed, the Imperial tension casing incorporated a beautiful and majestic art deco design. Like the original Slingerland Streamline lug, it too had the threads tapped directly into the metal casing and suffered from the same thread design flaw as the Slingerland Streamline lug from that era.
Vintage Leedy and Ludwig Drum Set Blue Sparkle. /59 vintage LUDWIG WFL club date NATURAL MAHOGANY drum set on sale Vintage Drums. Öffnen.
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Feb 8 Ludwig ‘Club Date’ 22×14″, 13×9″, 15×12″ and 14x” in original Blue Late 40s/Early 50s WFL Ludwig ‘Supreme Concert’ 14x” in Green and.
Remember Me? Results 1 to 6 of 6. Registered User. Here she is! I bought each drum as I found them. It has a date stamp from , but the interior is maple, so I really don’t know what’s up with this drum. The outer ply is mahogany, so I covered it with a maple veneer. I bought this drum already restored to a natural maple, which is why I finished the other drums the same way.
I thought about covering them with that sparkle fabric people have been using, but the grain on the drums is so pretty. The bass drum and hoops were the hardest to refinish.