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Ludwig Drum Badges
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The re-introduction of the Black Beauty was around 1977 with the Black Beauty Flyer These drums had brass shells and the Ludwig Blue and Olive Badges you see on this page.

This badge is called the Blue and Olive badge. You will also see it as the B/O Badge. If you have a Super Sensitive with this badge it is not brass. There are some examples that have come up with brass shells, but they usually had the cut version of this badge.
In 1971-1972 Ludwig also used B & O Badges without Serial Numbers (LVDC) (photo courtesy O-Lugs)
1979 - Mid 80's
This badge is called the Blue and Olive badge with rounded corners. It has been said that this change was made because the pointy version above would catch on clothes especially in marching and bend the badge. (Should not be a brass shell)
Mid 1980's -
This is called the Monroe Keystone badge and started in the mid 1980's after the company was sold to Selmer. They did have bronze shelled Supers in the 1991 Catalog


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This web site is not affiliated with the Ludwig Drum Company. This site is a Black Beauty dedication site about Ludwig Black Beauty history and Ludwig Drum Company history. The Black Beauty Snare Drum has been in production since the 1920's and was re-introduced in the 1970's. The Black Beauty snare drum has a brass or bronze shell and we can help you determine that.

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