I bought these Red Ludwig Vistalites in August of 2001.
I bought them off my friend Mac, who bought them off a church. Mac bought
them for his son to learn on. Of course, a pre-teen doesn't have an appreciation
of a vintage instrument, and lets just they they weren't in the best condition.
I took them home, cleaned them up, put new heads on, replaced some parts,
and now the look pretty good.
These drums are from around 1975. Before 1975, the the Ludwig
badge was mounted opposite the muffling knob. Also, the muffling knob
is held on with two screws instead of one. The seam is on the inside of
the drum, where early Vistas had the seam on the outside, filled with
a resin, and then sanded. Much more information can be found on www.vistalites.com.