A Very Lucky Saturday - Trans Badge Ludwig Find

andlours

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Is that a keeper?
I'm not sure if it's a "forever kit" but I'll definitely keep it for a long time. The fact that jet black pearl is a less common wrap for the year and is really classy, the less common sizes, and that the drums were all born together and are in nice shape makes this a bit of a holy grail kit for me.
 

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Very nice; I think you will enjoy it.

Assuming the floor tom is 14x14 it appears the bass is 16x20; bet it has a nice sound. Is the Supra a Metal or Lud-A-Loy snare? Their both nice; I love my Lud-A-Loy. Not long ago I cleaned a nice snare for a friend that belonged to his late brother. The year of manufacture escapes my brain at the moment but the drum was heavy and had a scrape inside indicating that it was metal and had a great sound. I tried to buy it but the family want sell; understandable.

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Speaking of Trans-Badges; what is it that makes them so collectable and higher in price?
Simply supply and demand - Trans badge ludwigs represent that era when William F Ludwig Sr bought the rights to his own name and the Ludwig Drum Co back from CG Conn et al, when Leedy&Ludwig finally broke apart. This occurred ~ 1955, but the Trans badge kits generally were offered from 57/58 to 1960, thereabouts. There's just not that many out there. They also represent the pre-Ringo binge quality control era for Ludwig drums, just like pre-serial keystone badge kits do.
 

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Simply supply and demand - Trans badge ludwigs represent that era when William F Ludwig Sr bought the rights to his own name and the Ludwig Drum Co back from CG Conn et al, when Leedy&Ludwig finally broke apart. This occurred ~ 1955, but the Trans badge kits generally were offered from 57/58 to 1960, thereabouts. There's just not that many out there. They also represent the pre-Ringo binge quality control era for Ludwig drums, just like pre-serial keystone badge kits do.
Thanks for the insight.
 

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I'll snap some pictures of the snare shell tonight. It has a few scratches, but overall it looks really nice.
 

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All you guys are correct. The snare and all hoops are COB. The bass is a 14"x20" as well. The tims are natural mahogany interior and the bass is natural maple interior. Here's the snare shell after being cleaned.

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All you guys are correct. The snare and all hoops are COB. The bass is a 14"x20" as well. The tims are natural mahogany interior and the bass is natural maple interior. Here's the snare shell after being cleaned.

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Interiors similar to the 1959 trans badge blue sparkle collector quality kit I found two years ago - snare and toms with clear mahogany interiors, 14x22 bass was clear maple.
 


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