Ludwig marching drum 1940's - $95 (East Lyme, CT)

Townwoods Rd grassy hill road

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: Ludwig
size / dimensions: 14x10

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Vintage cadet parade or marching snare drum, 8 lugs, single tension rods. There's no mfg label on the drum but it matches exactly to Ludwig and Leedy marchers right down to the embossed "L" on the tension adjust knob. Thin mahogany shells with 1" re-rings. Very light drum geared towards younger players. The shell is only 3.0-3.5 mm thick so very resonant. No cracks on the shell. Re-rings showing only some very minor separation from the shell in a few places. Good solid drum. Some light rusting/oxidation on the tension rods. The claws are pretty clean. The metal hardware might be nickel or nickel plated.

The person I got this from has had it for about 50 yrs. It sounded very nice as an open tom tom. I reattached the snare wire assembly but had to use 4 modern screws and nuts. These drums were usually painted by the factory in a red or blue lacquer. This one is red but it was repainted a bit crudely back in 1970. The hoops were repainted black. From a few feet away the drum looks fine. The original calf skin drum heads are gone but were replaced in the late 1960's with Ludwig Weather Master parade batters. The drum heads are still in good shape.

On the side of the shell there are 2 horizontally spaced holes above the vent hole. That's where a Ludwig or Leedy badge or label would have gone. I have the correct vintage Walburg and Auge tuning key holder (and modern fasteners) to fill the 2 holes to the left of the tensioner (see last photo).

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