Ludwig 4x14 Deluxe, circa 1923



George Lawrence – Life’s Little Drumming Lessons

Published on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 21:49

Written by George Lawrence

1923 Ludwig Deluxe 4x14

1923 Ludwig Deluxe 4x 14

1923 Ludwig 4x14 Deluxe

John Pezzano has graciously presented the first vintage drum to the NSMD Vintage Drum Museum. It is on indefinite loan from the Pezzano family. The Pezzanos lent this drum before to original NSMD publisher John Aldridge and it was displayed in his office museum at Sound Check rehearsal studios until 2002.

John wrote an article about it in NSMD. Here is his description of the drum:

“Ludwig 4x14 Deluxe, Circa 1923

Simple Scroll Engraving pattern

Copper plated, simulated gold finished hardware

Standard (#338) Strainer

Calfskin Drumheads

This Ludwig DeLuxe is a very clean example of its kind, in very good condition. It is especially noteworthy that the drum is still set up in a historically correct manner, having not been changed from the typical configuration of calf heads and strung snares which were the standard throughout the 1920s. Having been used by the original owner and put into storage within 10 years of its manufacture, the drum is overall in very good condition. All tube lugs, collar hooks, tension rods and washers are intact and complete. There is no external damage other than normal wear. The original Bottom head is intact, but the top head was replaced at some time in the very late 1920s. The shape of the flesh hoop in the top head is square as opposed to the rounded exterior contour of the original bottom head flesh hoop.”

We are very grateful to the Pezzanos for letting us display this piece of drumming history in our museum. The first exhibit of the drum will be at the Nashville Drum Show, September 29 & 30. The Vintage Drum Museum is a non profit organization dedicated to documenting and preserving the history of drums. We are currently looking for a building to house the museum. Please become a patron and donate.