It's got the WFL stamped badges, not the transition badge. I don't have the catalogs online but I will definately have a look when you get the drums. BTW you really should pick up the Ludwig catalogs on CD. if so, I'd definitely like to get my hands on that!
Some unfortunate mods, but I think I can bring her back to life. They are great and Clay Greene did an outstanding job. They're white marine pearl, some issues, but for the most part real nice shape.
There is a certain passion and joy that goes into documenting, or identifying a vintage drum, especially one manufactured by Ludwig.
It tells a story, not only in what it is, but where it's been; the roads traveled, its relevance to drum manufacturing, and its influence on music.
Dating Ludwig Drum products can be rather easy or quite tedious.
In reality, the early days of drum manufacturing held no regard for dating or serializing a product for chronological relevance.
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The simplicity of the design and ease of use resulted in WFL being awarded a bid to the United States Army in 1942 for 4,000 drums—the largest single order for drums ever awarded to a manufacturer by the United States military. There are several ways to date Ludwig drums from all production periods.The most accurate way to dating a drum is to see it as a whole, and assess every aspect of the drum.The company added new products to its catalog, such as snare drums and timpani in 1916. William Ludwig stayed on to run the company for Conn (which also owned the Leedy Drum Co. Eventually, William Ludwig decided to leave Conn and start a new company of his own.In 1917, Ludwig signed a deal to build rope drums to support World War I. He was unable to use the Ludwig name since that trademark now belonged to Conn who continued to market Ludwig & Ludwig drums.