Dating 1970s ludwig drums

Listen to any hit song from the 60's through today and chances are you're hearing a Ludwig Snare Drum.

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In 1937, William bought a factory building and started The WFL Drum Company (his initials).

The company continued producing drums at a small scale for the duration of World War II but after the armistice William got back to the idea of making the company a large drum manufacturer. Conn combined their two drum brands into one in the early 50's forming Leedy & Ludwig and then decided to quit the drum business altogether. were able to buy the Ludwig trademark back from Conn and over the next few years their company and its products transitioned from the WFL brand to being called "Ludwig" again.

Theobald Ludwig died in 1918 and William continued on his own. I stopped at that picture and asked why he (Ringo Starr) put our name on the front of his bass drum head.

Arbiter said that he was so proud that he had an imported drum set from America, especially from a famous company like Ludwig, that at the time of purchase he insisted on having the Ludwig name painted on the front of the head!


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