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BLOG - JULY 9TH, 2019 - TONE MUFFLERS AND CRIMPED THREADS

Posted by Michael eckert@bloogoose.com on

 If you're like me, you've said the tone muffler prayer.  "Sweet Lord, as I unscrew this Ludwig tone muffler, please let it be smooth all the way to the end, thus not having to use two sets of the Devil's Pliers.  Amen."  Well, turns out that this seemingly random occurrence of having to get the pliers wasn't so random at all.  Thanks to a gent on Facebook for teaching me! The Ludwig factory actually crimped some of the end threads of the tone muffler shaft intentionally to keep the users from accidentally dumping the barrel nut into the drum. ...

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Date Stamps and Vent Holes - What You Should Know

Posted by Michael eckert@bloogoose.com on

As a newbie, upon receiving a vintage drum I purchased, I looked forward to carefully removing the drum's hoops and heads, and looking for the DATE STAMP!!!!  I believed they were placed arbitrarily by whatever orientation the drum was handed to the "DATE STAMP MASTER"...haha.   This is not the case.  There was order to this process.  Knowing that many of the batter and reso heads would be opaque and that current and future buyers would likely want to see the date stamp, MOSTLY the "DATE STAMP MASTERS" were instructed to place the stamp inside the shell opposite the VENT HOLE...

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