The more notable changes to Classic drums were present in the drum design that would include finishes, shell hardware, sizes, and shell construction. Drummers were now hitting harder and touring tougher.
New plastic wraps offered drums a look to keep up with evolving look of the 1970’s. Ludwig had to design their new era Classic kits to hold up those conditions.
Shells from the early part of the 70’s have clear interiors.
Whereas most of the shells after about ’73 received a granitone coated interior.
Ludwig drums could also be identified even further, than simply from the badge, into a specific time period of the 70’s by the construction of the shell, and the hardware used throughout the drum.
Ludwig shells from 1970-1975 carried the 3-ply maple/ poplar/ maple with the re-enforcement ring construction of the late 60’s.
Ludwig badges are simple characteristic indicating which era a Ludwig drum could be placed.
The 70’s blue and olive badge started as rhombus shape with pointed non-continuous lower left and upper right corners.
The serial number is : 2215242 which places it "after 1979" by most charts? I bought the drum used in 1981, so I doubht the accuracy of the serial number chart. Thanks,-EWWell, I bought it in a Pawn Shop in Hollywood in early 1981.
In reality, the early days of drum manufacturing held no regard for dating or serializing a product for chronological relevance.
A future significance in chronologically cataloging a product produced by Ludwig wasn't foreseen.
It seems to me that "most" of the data bases on the internet and even in books are most unreliable. Yours still has the pointed corner badge..anyone help verify approx.
The 1970’s are referred to as the era of the Blue/Olive badge.