Ludwig is an old and storied company that has been owned and manufactured by a number of different entities over the years. Ludwig & Ludwig during World War I by the Ludwig Brothers, then sold to C.G. Conn to become Leedy & Ludwig (while William F. Ludwig continued to make WFL drums!), and returned to family ownership in the late ’40s when William began making some of the best instruments to carry his family name.
This is marching snare drum that dates to 1958 by badge. All parts save for the snare wires and heads are original, including the single-rod lugs, deep wood hoops, and all of the hooks and hardware. The harness coupler has been bent but could easily be bent back and is still usable. The finish on this is a great two-tone burgandy-and-maple affair that looks exactly like it should.
This drum has a warm-yet-snappy sound that only a vintage marching snare can pull off, and would make a great side-snare for a kit player. It could also be tuned up or down to make a funky effect drum. Plus, it’s a vintage Ludwig, and that’s pretty danged cool.