Vintage Ludwig snare info?

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  1. lordkoos

    lordkoos Well-Known Member

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    I'm mainly a guitar player but I have a kit in my recording studio and play it occasionally. So a drummer I work with sometimes has a "duco" finish 5.5 x 14" Ludwig snare, 8 lugs, single-ply/solid maple. A friend loaned it to him, he doesn't know much about it. The drum sounds nice to me so I was thinking about trying to find one. I guess these were made in 1930s, is that correct?

    What is the actual name of this snare (or how are they referred to by collectors), and what kind of money do they go for? I don't care too much about originality or condition as long as the drum works as it should and has no playing issues.

    It looks like this one but it's 5.5" not 6.5: https://reverb.com/item/12326422-19...single-ply-snare-drum-in-blue-and-silver-duco
     
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    Pictures would go a long way in helping ID the snare.
     
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    Added a link just now.
     
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    You have your answer right there. It is literally called the Standard model. Value is dependant upon condition, finish, and hardware. Best bet is to look at sold listings (eBay, Reverb, etc)
     
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    Searching for that is difficult since Ludwig made a bunch of models called "Standard" but I haven't turned up any that have the Duco finish. These look to be out of my budget anyway, closest thing I could find was $600.
     
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    Yes, that does make it difficult. IMO the duco finish does not "add" to the value. I was thinking that $750 was a bit steep for that one linked, but I am new to this era, as I just found a 1947 Deluxe Standard with the rare art gold hardware, and I cannot find anything else to compare it to.

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    Ludwig standards in wood finish were fairly unchanged from 1939 to 1948. I sold my WAP Ludwig and Ludwig 1946 14x6.5 last month. In 1941 they went to a 3 way throw-off. Decent ones seem to be in the $350-$450 range. Higher for mint or very nice 100% originals...distressed ones as little as $200-$275 if complete. Overall these are somewhat available. Mine was for sale for approx 6 months....got several offers in the low $300's. I saw a 1939 white lacquer standard 6.5 sell on Ebay several months back....went for approx $425 iirc.

    https://reverb.com/item/11909328-lu...del-snare-drum-14x6-5-1946-white-avalon-pearl
     
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    The drums you mention, these were the single ply snares? I got the impression that they went to multiple ply shells in the 40s on the standard model and that the solid maple drums were more in the 1930s era. The single-ply 5 x 14 is what I'm after. Yes the Duco finish looks to be less sought after than the others.
     

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