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Old 03-12-2017, 11:38 AM
Myetkt Myetkt is offline
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Default Black Beauty Badge

Sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong area, I'm new to this.
I am the original owner of a BB snare drum. I bought it new, I want to say in the early 80's. It was purchased from the "House of Drums" in Northridge California. The reason I'm writing is because the badge on it is different then any I have seen. It's the new style, but has no color at all. It has sharp edges, says Ludwig in black but other then that is all silver. Also the serial number (611)is hand etched on it.. Any help on what I have would be great. I'll try and include a picture but like I say I'm new to this. ThanksClick image for larger version

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Old 03-12-2017, 06:12 PM
Rotarded Rotarded is offline
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Default Re: Black Beauty Badge

from the site admin Dan, at
"The Ludwig engineering group used the silver hand scribed badges whenever they were prototyping a new design, or were interested in tracking a particular drum. I personally saw an all aluminum Acrolyte set which used the silver hand scribed badges which never made it to the production line and was never offered for sale. It had an Acrolyte snare with a silver hand scribed badge. The blue/olive badges were used on all general production drums, even on the stainless sets which were shipped (except for a few), and as everyone knows, Ludwig did not keep track of those those blue/olive badges. The log which contains a listing of silver hand scribed badges is missing in action, probably in piles of old engineering documentation somewhere. One thing I can tell you for sure is that your drum is VERY rare and had a special purpose at one time. Dan"
So taking his word, this could be the snare to a special set, or a prototype. Sure wish someone had the log book for these silver badges!
1964 Ludwig Downbeat Black Diamond Pearl (12,13,14,16,20)
1976 Ludwig Stainless Steel "Bop" (12,14,18)
1998 Ayotte "Ray Era" Wood Hoop Copper Sparkle (10,12,14,16,20)
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Old 03-12-2017, 06:52 PM
Myetkt Myetkt is offline
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Default Re: Black Beauty Badge

Thanks Rotarded, like I said I have had this drum for years and it wasn't till recently that I looked at the badge and markings. Thanks for the help!!
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