Ludwig 90th Anniversary Acrolite ??

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Hi
I've just come across a snare I've never heard of before.
A Black Galaxy Engraved Acrolite 90th Anniversary model with Imperial lugs, 6,5 inch.
As far as I know they made only four 90th anniversary models (some wood shelled and a Black Beauty)... ?
Can anybody help ?
Thanks, Lars
 

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i'd love to know more about that one as well....


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Here are two pictures. What looks like the 90th anniversary badge is in fact also engraved. No air grommet, just the hole. There is no other Ludwig badge on the drum, only the LUDWIG engraving above the strainer.

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Is that your drum? I'm not doubting that it's real but the pics look weird. Almost fake? And the drum looks like a custom job. No grommet? The engraving is very small. I'd like to hear more about this drum myself :?
 

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I would think engraving an acro would result in a silver line, right ? :?
 

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We 've been Ludwig dealers since 1964 and I've been here since the early 90's and I've never heard of or seen such a drum. I'm almost positive that's a custom job and not something Ludwig did. I could be wrong, but I'd bet a lot that it's a fake. It looks good, but I don't think it's a factory Ludwig drum.
 

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Here are more photos. It's not my drum, but I have the option to buy it and was wondering if anyone of you heard about that drum. It looks a lot like the Black Galaxy finish, but indeed it's strange that the engraving is yellowish. According to the seller these are definitely no decals.
 

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Looks like they engraved it and then filled in the grooves with paint. I'd guess that's a custom job, not factory.
 

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Maybe Robert from Ludwig will chime in on this. That drum does look rather suspect though. I can't see Ludwig going all out in celebrating the 90th anniversary with a commemorative Acrolite let alone NOT putting a grommet in the air hole. It doesn't add up.
 

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Yeah, the badge engraving clearly shows that it is filled with gold paint. Nice job though. Not really nuts about the looks. I really DON'T like the Black Galaxy finish. With the gold engraving, there's just too much going on there.

FYI- Imperial and Classic snare lugs have the same hole spacing, so the switch is a no-brainer.

There are SO many powdercoat colors that I've always wondered why Ludwig settled on that awful finish. :pukeright: :pukeleft:
 

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Bonzoholic said:
Maybe Robert from Ludwig will chime in on this. That drum does look rather suspect though. I can't see Ludwig going all out in celebrating the 90th anniversary with a commemorative Acrolite let alone NOT putting a grommet in the air hole. It doesn't add up.
That is a bogus drum of some kind. Black Galaxy Acrolites in 6.5x14 are 10 lug and that looks like an 8 lug. We've never done imperial lugs on an Acrolite either. So yeah, someone did their own anniversary drum.

Bob
 

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Nice looking. I would have done the laser etching a little larger between the lugs.

The only reason to have a grommet is to hold a badge on IMHO. There is no need for a grommet otherwise.

I don't really care for the mixed finish with the engraving, but hey, it's still a drum and probably sounds great!
 

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I am pretty sure it is a 10 lug drum.
Could it be possible that this snare drum was part of the 90th anniversary Fab Four kit ?
The picture in the LUDWIG BOOK doesn't show the snare clearly.

By the way, thanks for the input and many comments. I knew that in this forum there are the REAL experts.
 

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Robert said:
Bonzoholic said:
Maybe Robert from Ludwig will chime in on this. That drum does look rather suspect though. I can't see Ludwig going all out in celebrating the 90th anniversary with a commemorative Acrolite let alone NOT putting a grommet in the air hole. It doesn't add up.
That is a bogus drum of some kind. Black Galaxy Acrolites in 6.5x14 are 10 lug and that looks like an 8 lug. We've never done imperial lugs on an Acrolite either. So yeah, someone did their own anniversary drum.

Bob
Hi Bob,

We have had 5x14 Black Galaxy Acrolites come into our store with Imperial lugs in the past and if memory serves me, we were told that Ludwig was out of the Classic lugs and had many Imperials and decided to use them. Unless I'm outta my mind and have this mixed up and someone just changed over the lugs to imperials after the fact, I'm pretty sure I remember Ludwig telling us at that time that they did use the imperials only out of necessity. Matt(jazzdrummer) also saw at least one of them at the store.
Either way, we know that drum isn't a Ludwig factory job. As you said the 6.5's have 10 lugs and that's an 8 lug drum.
 

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Wow...that is an 8 lug drum? Sorry man...but that drum has all the bad signs of being "faked".

Madsplash...I remember that Blacro with Imperials. Aaron (drummerbum) talkes about it quite a bit and keeps saying he wished he would have bought it. It's cool to know it came from the factory that way. One thing that I love about Ludwig drums is that there is a bit of mystery behind some one off drums.
 

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