Help (again) on info and vale of Leedy & Ludwig snare

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The same guy selling the Rogers Londoner kit is also selling this snare.
It’s a 15*8 Leedy Ludwig. A re-wrap, probably.

Info and price guide please?

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Unless is an older rewrap and the grommet has been messed with I would say it is an original wrap. Late 40s early 50s. Guess on price as is no bottom hoop 200 to 400.
 

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My typical routine would be to take it apart, clean/polish, then add aftermarket hoop, heads, snares.
Given the age etc, would I be wiser to sell as is?

(I doubt I could leave it alone. Been looking for a good 15" for a while)

Thanks!
 

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I have some Leedy&Ludwig drums in BDP, that wrap looks right to me. I've never seen whatever that is between the lugs and shell though..... but, no expert here. As for price, sorry, I've never sold any.
 

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That’s good new about the wrap.
The things under the lugs? I thought they were gaskets of some sort - maybe dried out, or discolored from polish works into them.
So your L&L drums have any types of gaskets?
 

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I only have three L&L drums, and one old Leedy, none of them have gaskets.

Also, is the wrap seam in the same panel as the badge? I've never seen that before on any drum.
 

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That looks like an original wrap. The seam is under the lugs as seen in the second picture. That's the normal factory placement as far as I know. I've never seen those gaskets before, but maybe they were a DIY addition to the drum at some point in its life. Great looking drum in any case.
 

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I have owned several of those Leedy and Ludwig snares. Two of them had no wrap and the shells were cracked to heck from over tension. The one I still have with WMP wrap is not cracked. There should be a rim/ hoop out there to be found. Wrap looks correct to me.
 

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What I thought was a gasket is actually a thin metal piece between the lug and the shell. It looks original to me....
but I don’t see them in the catalogue pictures from the late 40’s - early 50’s.
I wonder if it was some kind of accessory or special order intended to protect the pearl fini$h.
 

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Yes they metal plates are original. I have a 6 1/2 Leedy Ludwig with them and a marcher with them. The marcher was actually just a Leedy. But as we all know they came out of the same Conn factory in Elkhart.
 

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Excellent! Thank you for the info.
Do you happen to know the year? I am curious about this snare - it seems like a special bit o’ history.
(Like me. I’m not retro. I’m vintage.)
 

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Leedy Ludwig ( with both names but together) were only made for a 3-4 year period late 40s to early 50s. At the time both names were owned by Conn. Shortly after that Ludwig bought their name back and Slingerland bough the Leedy name.
 

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From what I’ve been able to see, the ‘butt plate’ on the L&L snare is the same as that on my COB Krupa snare.
I would like that to be true ... because I need that butt plate!
 

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