I get emails all of the time with a basic drum description and a serial number from visitors in hopes I can unlock the history of their drum. I think in general serial numbers do play an important role in the commercial market especially electronics and other high end items. In the 60's Insurance companies made it mandatory that serial numbers be put on items so they can be documented. Unfortunately drum companies never really prescribed to any code of documenting a drum based on that serial number. In fact I once heard that they started using serial numbers not for their own use per say but so schools and institutions could keep track of instruments in inventory.
Ludwig Drum Guide - Serial Number Based Dating and Authentication Guides for Vintage Drums
Ludwig Drum Company History. Welcome to the Ludwig Drums History section of the web site. From here you should be able to gather information to determine what Ludwig Drums you have and what year they were made. What you might not know if you are new to vintage drums is that manufactureres did not keep accurate records and inventory control was not part of the daily operations of drum making. One day a box of drum badges could turn up or in many cases new serial number badges were put on top of older serial number badges making it difficult for us today to know exactly when the drum was made.
Ludwig LM400 Supraphonic 5x14" Aluminum Snare Drum
One of the intriguing aspects of collecting vintage drums is discovering when your instrument was made. But unlikely as it may seem, the broadcast of one television show in early played an unwitting role in helping to date more closely one particular brand of drum. It was the day the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Their television debut ushered in not only a new era for rock and roll, but something more.
Sign up Lost password? I've looked through serveral of the earlier posts and guides for dating Rogers snares but I'm still not sure wich era my snare is from. The serial is: D Steel snare. Help is much appreciated Sig.