Identify my Ludwig snare

TheTimin8r

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Hello everyone! I think I may have found a supraphonic from the early 70s in my dad's basement.

Pointy B/O badge
Serial number 1048597
Spun shell (no welds)

I spent a bunch of time on the web trying to find ways to ID it for sure but I'm just not all that confident. I did notice some pitting on the chrome which sounds common as well.


Any help IDing it and the year it was from would be appreciated! Thanks fellow drum nerds!
 

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Hop

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Yep.... Looks like a "No. 400" 5x14 Supra-Phonic, which is an aluminum shell; and that interior stamp is "Reliable Anti-Galvanic," which was the plating company's stamp.
Here's a catalog shot from 1975 for your reference.

L-400.JPG
 

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Thanks Hop! Any way to narrow down the year? Knowing where this drum came from, it should be 70-74 ish. The serial number doesn't fall in place with anything in finding online.
 

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The online serial resources leave a lot to be desired.
 

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I'm with K.O. on this, the info online is your best source but it isn't really accurate; the fault resting with the factory as the serial numbers weren't associated with manufactoring/assembly data.
If you're lucky enough, you have a date stamp, or your drum's badge style/number kind of falls into a broad date range from one of the reference sites you may find online.
 

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The best source is Rick Gier's "Serial Number Based Dating Guide for Vintage Ludwig Drums". Your badge, serial and strainer indicate ~'73.
Awesome thanks! That makes sense with the history I have on it. I think my grandparents bought it for my uncle to use in highschool band. I believe he started highschool in 69 or 70.
 


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