3 Budget-Friendly Vintage Ludwig Snare Drums | Reverb News
Ludwig Drum Company History. Welcome to the Ludwig Drums History section of the web site. From here you should be able to gather information to determine what Ludwig Drums you have and what year they were made. What you might not know if you are new to vintage drums is that manufactureres did not keep accurate records and inventory control was not part of the daily operations of drum making.
We get a lot of questions about the Ludwig Black Beauty and decided to create a web site with all of the history we have gathered over the years of research. The De Luxe Drum was originally introduced in the 's as a special snare drum with options to have simulated gold finish and special shell engraving. In the 's it was called the Black Beauty snare drum. Then in the mid-late 30's the drum was dropped from the catalogs and did not re-appear until when it was re-introduced.
The Black Beauty features a spun, seamless, beaded brass shell with black-nickel chrome plating. This stunning shell lays the groundwork for the rest of the drum. This drum also features triple-flanged hoops, imperial lugs, a P throw-off, and a cast butt-plate. At first chair of the percussive section was George Marsh and his Ludwig black nickel chrome finished snare drum.