Vintage Circa 1976 Ludwig 14″ x 5″ 404 Acrolite


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Vintage Circa 1976 Ludwig 14″ x 5″ 404 Acrolite

Proper thump on this one. Go check our Instagram page (adc_drums) for a video of the low, punchy tone of tub! This one has that balanced low, with dry attack and woody mid-range. Real punch to it but it is warm and well-rounded too. Although, we shouldn’t be surprised – it is a Supraphonic shell after all. Yes, the legendary Ludwig 400 is the world’s most record snare drum. Acrolites however, feature the same shell as a 400, just no Chrome plating, eight lugs, instead of ten. So of course this drum is gonna sound good. The less metalwork on the shell of an Acrolite means they are more open-sounding. They’re easier to coax bottom-end out of. No wonder Acrolites have garnered serious attention of late. This one is in pretty good nick. Blue Olive Badge, smooth Small Knob Damper, lovely smooth transitional P-85 strainer, original wires and that classic Luddy tone! Nice.


Great condition. The odd scuff or ding but they are sparse and not particularly noticeable. Bit of tarnish on the player’s side. And that’s it! Everything else is good on this drum: P-85, smooth, same as the Small Knob Damper. Old Ambassador batter over no brand hazy and original Ludwig wires. Although the batter head looks tired it’s more old than knackered and is therefore, we’d argue ‘played in to perfection’ as is sometimes half of the part of the magic on these old drums. The wires being Luddy plastic-ended jobbies help make this drum sound so damn good as they’re a dryer-sounding than most wires and then what, a no brand hazy? We know drummer OCD is real and you’ll wanna throw your favourite combo of Remo heads and Canopus wires on but listen to it first. We wouldn’t change any of it unless you need to – it sounds great.


Serial number #1630142. Drums from this period are hard to nail down to a specific year. The strainer and damper could indicate that this is a very early ’70s Acro but the serial number dictates it is no older than ’76. When you take all this in to account, it is sensible to place this drum in 1976.

Great drum, tidy tub, ready to play!


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***There is no other drums/cases or hardware included with this lot, only what is listed above, ONLY.***