Old 12-07-2018, 03:59 PM
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paddysryan paddysryan is offline
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Default Rare Ludwig Identification
I need help identifying this ludwig shell and hoops. It has a beautiful wood star inlay...No outer badge or serial numbers anywhere, but the inside has a ludwig and "aero kraft " sticker. There isn't any hardware or holes drilled apart from one small eyelet on the top hoop and shell... Also, the drum measures 15 1/2 inches! Has anyone seen this era drum or know it's history?
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:36 PM
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The Aero Kraft shells are usually 1920's I think.
Old 12-08-2018, 12:08 AM
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I've checked with everyone I know in the game and everyone is stumped. I believe it's 20s-ish but have never seen a wooden inlay or decorative hoops like this. Maybe it was something special? I contacted Sonny at Ludwig and am waiting to hear back for help...
Old 12-08-2018, 12:50 AM
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It's my understanding that these are 20's as well. I've read that the Aero Kraft concept was a marketing strategy put together by Ludwig during that period based on an actual event.
Old 12-08-2018, 05:50 PM
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Here's a few screen shots of the Ludwig catalogs from the '20's...

One of the pages (Ludwig_1927_b) has the statement "Send for prices on ornamental finishes." Not sure if that means fancy inlays as in your example or some appliqués that adorned some drums (i.e. a sticker from the organization you were drumming/participating with) and are clearly featured in later catalogs.
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Old 12-08-2018, 07:51 PM
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Here's a few screen shots of the Ludwig catalogs from the '20's...

One of the pages (Ludwig_1927_b) has the statement "Send for prices on ornamental finishes." Not sure if that means fancy inlays as in your example or some appliqués that adorned some drums (i.e. a sticker from the organization you were drumming/participating with) and are clearly featured in later catalogs.
Good point, they also called metal engraved ornamental too.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:55 PM
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I wasn't aware Ludwig even offered inlays on the early drums, so I'm going to link another thread, from the For Sale section, that features Schmegeggie's recently sold '29-'32, 5"x14", Super Sensitive with 2 rings of inlay on it... just to bring together these "inlay" drums together for future reference....

http://www.vintagedrumforum.com/show...404#post441404
Old 12-09-2018, 01:52 PM
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The 'inlays" on late 1920's Ludwig wood drums are decals, not inlays.......
Old 12-09-2018, 01:59 PM
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one of the pieces of the inlay is coming up in the corner which is why I think it is wood inlaid into the shell, not a decal🤷🏻*♂️
Old 12-09-2018, 10:43 PM
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Well, here is a picture of a complete drum, made by the 20th Century Drum Company... most likely, the stickers inside were not original.
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