I found a Super Ludwig with original heads.

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I just got this home, had a feeling that I should jump on it. The bottom hoop is engraved “Super Ludwig”, and the shell also has a Ludwig logo. Three of the lugs are cracked, two on posts and one on the tube, and it’s missing one tension rod and clip, as well as the arm for the throw off.

I was recommended Cape Cod wipes for the nickel, what about for the rust on the throw mechanism?
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Wow was the top head NEVER taken off? ...and not to derail, but how about a picture of that bass drum artwork in the first picture?
That was a picture from the seller, he had a 15 as well as a whole kit, complete with wood blocks. He wanted 7k for the kit, but sold me the snare for 450
 

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That was a picture from the seller, he had a 15 as well as a whole kit, complete with wood blocks. He wanted 7k for the kit, but sold me the snare for 450
No worries! That snare has so much mojo, and I’m no expert, but I’d say you did well for the price
 

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I used Cape Cod cloths quite a bit, but later on tried Simichrome and it worked better and was more consistent. If you get an old batch of Cape Cod cloths, they can be dry and don't do much.
Of course you could just clean with light soap and water and leave the patina. So many vintage drums have been over cleaned and "restored" that ones in original condition may be hipper down the road, sort of what happened years ago with most other antiques.
 

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Took the drum apart, and six of the lugs are cracked, already ordered 7. Gonna rub this one down and post pics!
 

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Great find at a righteous price. The tube lugs are countersunk, so it is post-1927, There should be snare guards attached, so I'm guessing they were removed at some point (look for scratches or minor etchings where there would have been attached) Since they are missing, I would very carefully inspect the parallel system where it protrudes from the shell for any possible bending or damage. Lugwig started stamping "Super Ludwig" sometime in the mid-30's (i believe), so yours is before that. The parallel tension screws on either side of the snare system look to be mounted backwards (although, this does make it a bit easier to make adjustments. It's your drum, but if it were mine, I would keep it in it's original condition, aside from a thorough cleaning and polishing. Have fun!
 

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Great find at a righteous price. The tube lugs are countersunk, so it is post-1927, There should be snare guards attached, so I'm guessing they were removed at some point (look for scratches or minor etchings where there would have been attached) Since they are missing, I would very carefully inspect the parallel system where it protrudes from the shell for any possible bending or damage. Lugwig started stamping "Super Ludwig" sometime in the mid-30's (i believe), so yours is before that. The parallel tension screws on either side of the snare system look to be mounted backwards (although, this does make it a bit easier to make adjustments. It's your drum, but if it were mine, I would keep it in it's original condition, aside from a thorough cleaning and polishing. Have fun!
Thank you for the info! I took it apart, and everything is in great shape. I found lugs, six were cracked, but between eBay and reverb, I found seven. Now I just need the top arm for the throw and one tension rod/washer/claw, and now the guards.

After I got the drum, I drove a couple blocks away and removed the head:

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I took a couple pics of the snare mechanism in case anyone sees issues. I‘ve been able to tension the wires easily.
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