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Old 11-09-2015, 11:32 PM
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This arrived in the mail today - a nice little parade drum. Best guess so far is that it's late 30's going by the Strainer and then by the Transparent Crown-Head calfhide resonant head.....which appears to probably be original to the drum. I haven't compared the t-rod claws to any photos yet. Anyone here know or want to guess roughly what year the drum is going by the t-rod claws. strainer and anything else you can see?

From what I can see online the VFWs organization has been around since the late 1800's and is still active today. I messaged them on FB - still waiting for a replay to my question about the logo. There are many slightly different logos out there and I have not been able to find one exactly like this one.....that has yellow paint inside the red boarder.

Even with the torn batter head the drum sounds not too bad. The strainer is perfectly functional the way it is. I'll clean the shell and hoops carefully and try to remove most of the rust. The drum came with a matching (blue painted stripes) pair of drum sticks.
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:52 PM
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Default Re: VFW Parade Drum question

Only drum I've had similar was an early 1900's no name 15" snare. Had the same styles tension rods,no lugs of any sort. My claws are slightly smaller, but same look. Mine was for a boy scout troop and has 1909 written on one of the calf skin heads. So I'd say based on the strainer more towards the 1920's.

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Old 11-10-2015, 01:00 AM
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Hmm 1920's......so the Transparent Crown head (1928-1939) fits for this drums' age then Thanks for that Archxangel.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:00 PM
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Look at the 1936 Ludwig "Economy" parade drum. Same claws, strainer and vent hole but no keepers for the rods. Ahddunno....maybe an early WW2 version with less metal parts? They sold official VFW logo drums.
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Old 11-10-2015, 05:35 PM
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Sure looks like a Ludwig&Ludwig mid-30's Scout parade drum:

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and they were available from Ludwig with the VFW logo as an option:

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Old 11-10-2015, 05:52 PM
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What gets me on it being a Ludwig is the lack of the drum key holder. That may seem like such a small item of interest, but in the photos above, each drum has one. Unless it was removed and the holes filled?
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:06 PM
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Tomorrow (Wed.) is veterans day! Play some press rolls!

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Old 11-10-2015, 07:38 PM
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Thanks guys. If it is a 1936 Ludwig V.F.W. drum.....which I'm thinking it probably could be by looking at the info above...at $17.50...that would put it at $226.25 (new of course) in Today's Dollars.
Dave - I will do some 'press rolls' tomorrow.....at around 11 am

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Old 11-11-2015, 03:00 AM
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What gets me on it being a Ludwig is the lack of the drum key holder. That may seem like such a small item of interest, but in the photos above, each drum has one. Unless it was removed and the holes filled?
I did find two small holes that have been painted over. They're in the exact location where the key holder is suppose to be. There is some pieces of wood or maybe metal in place of the screw holes and they protrude into the inside of the shell. What's odd is the paint that is over top of the holes appear to be the original finish on the drum shell. There is a Music store sticker on the inside of the shell. Here it is......
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:07 AM
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Maybe the store didn't want or need them on the drum. I wonder if little things like that were an option or if they all came stock. Pretty awesome it has the original sticker inside. Those are the little provinces I like. Gives personal history.
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