Questions regarding vintage brass shells

Pink69

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Back from say the 19-teens to the 1930’s, did the major American drum companies ( Ludwig Slingerland Leedy ) manufacture their own brass shells or were they supplied by another company and labeled by the perspective drum company? Also in the individual company line of snares, with the exception of different hardware, finishes, options, was the actual shell the same for the various model lines? Thanks
 

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Good question: Ludwig and Ludwig made their own brass 2 piece shells and used them in multiple lines for years. WFL in 1937 started making single piece aluminum shells. However, as a start-up, they reused older parts and shipped some brass metal shells, as well. Donno about the other manufacturers???

Edit: Something funny about WFL. The original Lyre keystone badges included the name W F Ludwig Drum Co. Conn Manufacturing (who owned the name Ludwig) made them stop using these. The first Lyre badges (about 50) were made of aluminum while the brass tooling was being finished. Many more of the brass Lyre badges were supposedly made (all are rare) ...but I've only owned aluminum Lyre badged WFL brass metal snares. The two I've owned were originally painted black to hide the brass ...and were two piece shells.
 
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