Ludwig black and white badge dating
Here are the details:1964 Kit9”x13 - Tom (Keystone badge # 33649 / No stamp date found)16”x16” - Floor Tom (Keystone badge # 33571 / No stamp date found)14”x22” - Bass Drum (Keystone badge # 89896 / No stamp date found) Unique oyster black pearl swirl pattern Keystone badges (16"x16" floor tom has the Keystone badge positioned in the center of the drum)3-ply mahogany/poplar/mahogany shells with white painted interiors Baseball bat tone controllers with red or white felt tone control pads (Ludwig changed from red to white early in ’64)Threaded mount casing with wing-bolt (P-1672) 16.5” floor tom legs with knurled stems Fold out bass drum spurs with knurled stems (P-1305)Rogers Swiv-o-matic tom mount assembly Chrome over brass (COB) tom rims Andy Babiuk’s book, Beatles Gear, states that Ringo was given this set by Ludwig Drum Company and that Ringo received this kit on May 31, 1964 at the Prince of Wales Theater in London.
This kit became the studio work horse until the maple kit.
One uses a wing-bolt that screws directly into the topside of the second post to adjust the height of the top post.
The other variation uses a small angled tension bar with a hole at one end and a threaded hole at the other. It has always been assumed that Mal Evans installed the Rogers tom mounting brackets on Ringo's drum kits.
Offered as an option; the Classic shells were still catalogued, described as producing a “deep, powerful” sound.
There is one slight difference between the model 1400 stands.
There were other companies that used the keystone in advertising and logos. "Around 1971-‘72 Ludwig also used B & O Badges without Serial Numbers (LVDC)"This web site is not affiliated with the Ludwig Drum Company.
The Keystone is the strongest stone in an arch and the middle point between the left and right side. It is an informational web site for the documentation of the Acrolite Snare Drum. We have a large collection of literature, articles and photos of this model snare drum.
The same shell was eventually used on the higher priced Super Classics. Rocker II used the standard 1969 lug and cheaper thinner hardware.
It also had a grey flecked paint finish inside the drum so that less visually appealing pieces of wood could be used there. The Rocker Series from 1984 - 1994 had 4ply shells with clear laquer inside.