you are here because you are trying to determine if
your drums are fake then I hope we can help you with
that determination. What we can't help you with is any
legal advice or a way of getting retribution or your
are collecting history and drum photographs from people
about fake vistalites. We also would like photos of
badges, drums and the serial numbers of the drums in
the data is gathered and a complete history is obtained
we will make that available to the proper authorities
and any interested parties.
and foremost if you find a Ludwig vistalite snare drum
or drum set in MINT condition then be careful. If the
drums in question do not have the original heads then
a flag should go up that something is wrong with the
drums. (the head is not a
huge aspect, but a factor to be considered)
put this all in perspective. As a collector we want
to find mint original drums and when the stories of
these rare occurrences happen they are posted on drum
forums and discussed at drum shows. Those drums have
the original heads on them.
you have been around the internet, you will see in fact
that a lot of old drums still have the original heads.
Even drums that are not mint that have been in the same
case for many years have the original heads.
lets look at the first few criteria:
Mint Vistalite Drums - especially in rare colors and
you get past this point or if you are still not sure
if your drum is fake then the final deciding factor
would be the badge on the drum. There are suspect badges
that do not fit any of the criteria of a vintage Ludwig
have MINT original Ludwig badges that were never put
on drums and they were attached to piece of metal that
would need to break off of the badge. This leaves an
out-dent on the edge of the badge. Look at this photo
with three different badges on top of each other.
editing was done to make this work correctly,
but the badges were not edited.
Vistalite - Tequila Sunrise - Green Vistalite)
[Click photo for a larger version]
reason this article is here is to help future purchases
of vistalite drums to go under more scrutiny prior to
the purchase. The fake badge you see above has been
documented on every single drum purchased.
have looked at and researched 100's of badges at drum
shows on other non-vistalite drums and have never come
across the characteristics on the fake badge on any
other drum. So that leads me to my final determination
that someone had these badges made and a drum with them
is either fake or changed to look original and mint.
if you have come this far and have the three criteria
explained above then you have a fake drum.
are a lot more details to the story and information
which has been uncovered with my research and others
in the business to lead us to this final determination.