Picked up what I believe to be a Ludwig Parade Master snare—rough date?

Joe A

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I was sitting down last night, having a drink, when I discovered this on Facebook:

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I excitedly arranged purchase over the messenger. It was just as I expected it to be: a fairly good aftermarket paint job that I may just keep despite the mahogany revealed through a chip through the primer, possibly an aftermarket snare setup, and no badge: they did such a good job filling all extraneous holes, in fact, that they filled the vent! I may or may not redrill it, depending on how it dials in.

I wish I had this drum a couple of years ago for some things! But, at least I have it now.

Anyway, since the badge is painted as well as the inside, I can only guess this to date to the early 1970s or before; it obviously antedates the gradual tightening to tabletop tension of even twenty years ago. Any ideas?
 

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You are not giving us much to work with to help you.
Three ply or six ply?
Tone control type?
Script or block logo on the butt, if original?
 

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Apologies for the lack of information!

The strainer assembly, as well as the snares, appear immediately to be MIT. There are indeed re-rings, which I assume to be indicative of a three-ply shell. The badge, for some reason, is removed—I'm having difficulty locating the original location for drilling, in fact, to eliminate choking. While the black lacquer appears to be a decent job, there is a marked seam on the outside of the shell, which may or may not belie a previous wrap. There are black nylon washers on the tension rods. All the holes, including those of the tone control, have been sealed.
 

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In the meantime, I'm getting the sound I intended to get out of it, or something close to it. I decided to leave the bottom head at a decidedly lower tension than I usually have them at. These aren't exactly high-tension drums, are they, and are meant to give that bassy, thumpy "field drum" sound that we associate with patriotic music, right?
 

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