The evolution of Ludwig hardware is a detailed and multi-faceted story. For this reason and the aforementioned trend of updating vintage drums, hardware will not be covered in this guide. Date stamps are simultaneously the best and worst means to properly date a Ludwig drum from the '60s use of the date stamp was discontinued ca. A drum was stamped when the shell was finished, providing the most accurate depiction of the age of wood due to the fact final assembly came later. The difficulty in date stamps is, more often than not, that the stamp has been rendered illegible or removed completely due to the wear and tear of the years. Aside from the exact date printed on the shell, the color of ink used will assist in identifying the era of the drum and indicate the possibility of forgery.
When Were My Yamaha Drums Made? - Yamaha - United States
Until recently, Yamaha's official website readily provided information to users on how to date Yamaha drums. Since the information is no longer available via Yamaha's official website, I have taken the liberty to post it here, and further help readers by putting this information on how to date Yamaha drums into a more readable format since the original text as provided by Yamaha was difficult to decipher. Additionally, while this information is true for most models, there can be deviations from this information on occasion. Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below the article.
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Although Yamaha was founded way back in , it has only been making drums since From the off the drums were of high quality, hand-crafted in a relatively small workshop in Hamamatsu. And although Yamaha continues to build its flagship Phoenix PHX series in Japan, the latest professional series are now coming out of the new facility in Xiaoshan, China. Then in Yamaha achieved a long-held ambition to add a dedicated drum building, employing the latest in hi-tech, environmentally strict and rigorously quality controlled production methods.