The Ludwig book. Send Email. Ludwig Research. Measuring a Drum. Ludwig Drum Company History. What you might not know if you are new to vintage drums is that manufactureres did not keep accurate records and inventory control was not part of the daily operations of drum making. Ludwig reintroduced Vistalite drums inwith the prime seller being a replica of the amber five piece kit played by John Bonham.
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Reverb Articles. Vintage Drum Forum. From here you should be able to gather information to determine what Ludwig Drums you have and what year they were made. RCI Starlight acrylic shells are "welded" at the seam, not tabbed. Now, get out there and grab a piece of history. Ultimately, the difference in tone between acrylic shells, such as the Vistalite shells, and traditional wood and metal shells can be subtle, yet still present.