1959 Ludwig 401 Heavy Brass Snare Drum
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Sold Date: 06/29/2011
Channel: Online Auction
This is an extremely hard to find drum. � 100% original and never modified 5x14 model 401. � Most don't know Ludwig offered a lacquered brass snare drum in this era. � Basically it is the same as a chrome over brass drum with the exception it was never chrome plated. � The lacquer finish is worn and shows tarnish spots from years of plays. � Overall it still looks great behind a set or on the shelf. � The close-up pictures make the drum look worse than it is but I wanted to make sure you were aware the finish is worn. � The tom and bottom hoops are heavy brass and the lugs are the early heavy ones as well. � The badge is the 1959-60 only transition badge which make this drum even more rare. � Strainer and butt are wfl variety which are normally used on this era drum. crimped bearing edges. Welded shell.� Shell is perfectly in round. � Heads fit on easy. � The drum plays fabulously. � Just like you would expect.� See the write up below for more information. Might be your only chance to own a 401 in any condition. The Rarest of the Rare On Review: The Super-Ludwig Lacquer over Brass Model 401 Today I review a snare drum I’ve lusted for since I began drumming in the mid-sixties. My local drum shop kept Ludwig catalogs on hand. The 1959-60 version showed the chrome-over-brass (COB) Super-Ludwig, predecessor to today’s Supraphonic 400 alloy shell snare drum. Underneath, a sibling was listed: the Super-Ludwig 401. It wasn’t chromed but, rather, it was finished in a clear or coppery lacquer over the basic brass shell. By the time I was anywhere near ready to purchase, however, the drum had disappeared from catalogs and sight. Ludwig 1959-60 Showing Super-Ludwig Lacquered 401 When I say the Ludwig sixties 401 is rarer than rare, I’m serious. You can spew about your Radio Kings, even metal-shelled ones, Gladstones, Leedy Ludwig 14×4.25” piccolos, and even your Broadway Parallels but the only two that elude collectors are the Camco 14X4” and the Ludwig 401. More common than the latter is the Ludwig COB chrome super, revered by collectors and despised by John Bonham. A heavy-weight full-bodied sounding snare drum, it is still available for a competitive price, but as for the Super 401, it has flown the coup. I’ve seen maybe four in my life and two of these I’ve owned. On the basis of using it on at least fifty club gigs and twice that number in studio sessions, I’d have to say that the 401 is worth� triple� the going rate for the COB 400. Nobody Talks About it Because Nobody’s Seen it The 401 is as rare as rare gets. I’ve talked to numerous collectors and few have admitted to encountering one, let alone play one at gigs for years as I have. I was reminded of this drum over thirty years ago when interviewing British session drummer (now living in Boston) Dave Mattacks. DM told me that his idol, Kenny Clare, used one almost exclusively and for good reason. The 401, Dave told me, was on a pedestal and ranked above the COB 400 and numerous other coveted snare drums.
Here's a couple pictures from the 1960 catalog.
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