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Old 09-19-2017, 03:00 PM
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Default Re: 60's WMP Ludwig Superclassic restoration

Does the snare have a date stamp inside? The snare's number is pretty close to the set. I'm still going to go with December 1968. I have also noticed that most of the sets I have seen from this time period have snares that are close to the build of the set. If you look at how things were done closer to the Ringo explosion it's easy to see how chaos at the factory could make things look off as stuff was built quickly and stuff got shuffled around and possibly forgotten about until a later time after things slowed down. By late 1968 Ludwig was running things pretty smoothly and not so hectic and from what I have seen it looks like snares were made up pretty consistently with sets. Of course other factors could play into the snare being off from the set.

If the supra pile was getting low and a fresh batch was built and stacked with the existing pile then older ones could get pushed back to a later time. I'm pretty sure Ludwig did not treat drums like food and rotate the stock to keep fresh ones to be used up first. One thing I don't know is if Ludwig just made up the supra shells and then when one was needed they added heads and rims or if they were made up completely and picked from a stash when one was needed. Either way by 1968-69 it looks like production was pretty much caught up.
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:10 PM
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The toms and bassdrum don't have stamps at all. The snare has a few "AG" stamps (it stands for anti galvanic).
By the way, I think the kit was disassembled in the past. Somebody wrote "foot" with a sharpen object inside the shell, close to the bracket holes, maybe to remeber where the spurs brackets would fit (Anyway, it would not be necessary at all since the badge would be on top, so the L arm bracket would fit right next to it. The other two would be for spurs )
The date stamps could be removed that time

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Old 09-20-2017, 09:48 AM
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I think I will zinc plate all the screws, nuts, washers and other parts. I like to keep things the most original possible but rust and oxidation should be removed to keep things healthy. What do you think?
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:01 PM
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All dissembled ready to clean and polish.
Look... almost 50 years of dust removed from the shell wraps. Such a difference
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:06 PM
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Default Re: 60's WMP Ludwig Superclassic restoration

I'll get the 13" tom tomorow, it is with a carpenter friend. He will do the male/female curved wood blocks to fix the shell. Bass drum and 16" already clean ready to polish. Maybe I will use sandpaper first to smooth the surface, the Novus plastic polish.
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:50 PM
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Lugs already cleaned and polished. Yes, there are a lot more in another box. It is 48 lugs
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Old 09-21-2017, 03:46 PM
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Now the main problem. I already have the wood blocks to glue the shell. I cut a little piece of wood to fill the free space in the hole. A tiny bit of wrap is missing, the wood will be visible. The lifted wrap piece will be correctly placed and glued.
Do you have any better idea/tips to fix this?
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:05 PM
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Unfortunately the wrap piece broke off. All ready to glue, just need another pair of hands to do it easily
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:06 PM
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More chrome clean and polish. My hands hurt
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Old 09-27-2017, 12:26 PM
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Nice job so far! You really are putting in the time on this one!
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