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Date stamps were done on the inside of a drum shell with a abbreviation of the month, followed by the day, and then year.

Date stamps for drums produced in 1960-1963 were strictly red ink, while date stamps from 1964-1969 were red or black.

The boom in production, along with new government regulations, prompted Ludwig to begin issuing serial numbers on badges of their drums.

There are several ways to date Ludwig drums from all production periods.

The most accurate way to dating a drum is to see it as a whole, and assess every aspect of the drum.

Indicating factors include (not limited to): serial numbers, date stamps, shell mold, shell hardware, finishes, and badges.

Serial numbers don’t directly identify specific drum type or year.

Ludwig shells from 1970-1975 carried the 3-ply maple/ poplar/ maple with the re-enforcement ring construction of the late 60’s.