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  1. 69OysterBlue

    Jazz Standards - song suggestions

    One good thing that has happened as we start to emerge from the cosmic funk of COVID is that an old friend/former bandmate who plays keys and horn got back in touch and wants to re-form a jazz group. We had a trio a few years ago and it was great to play something different than the R&R...
  2. 69OysterBlue

    Ludwig Bearing Edge Restoration Question

    I'm looking for a little advice / guidance / group consensus relative to a kit I am currently working on. These came to me a couple of years ago and, between COVID isolation and the upcoming holidays, I will have plenty of time to get these done over the next few weeks. Quick history - I bought...
  3. 69OysterBlue

    Gretsch Round Badge Progressive Jazz kit finally completed

    Retirement (along with home isolation for the past few months) has finally given me the time to finish a few projects. One of those was to complete my first vintage Gretsch kit. I purchased the snare, bass and mounted tom from an older gentleman in the area who was sadly suffering from ALS...
  4. 69OysterBlue

    Speed King Bearing Replacement?

    I'm in the process of cleaning up several old Speed King pedals and a few of the bearings are fairly well worn (still "chatter" even after cleaning with solvent and blowing them out with compressed air). Have any of you found a good source for replacement bearings? I haven't had any luck trying...
  5. 69OysterBlue

    Strange situation with 3M Fastbond 30NF Adhesive

    I recently acquired a mid 60's era Gretsch round badge 14x14 floor tom to complete I kit I have owned for the last couple of years. The drum is perfect except for the fact that it had some lifting at the seam on the wrap. No big deal, easy fix - right? So as I gently lifted the wrap it appeared...
  6. 69OysterBlue

    Big Time Health Scare

    I played an outdoor gig last Saturday at a nice venue on Cleveland’s west side. The temp was 100 degrees and it was 88 % humidity - pretty brutal conditions. After loading in and getting ready to play I noticed I was getting a bit light headed - just thought I was dehydrated. After playing for...
  7. 69OysterBlue

    Vintage Rescue Project Nearing Completion

    This has been one of the longer projects I've ever done, but it involved a lot of work. These drums started out life as a 1968 Ludwig Oyster Blue Pearl Hollywood set (12/13/16/22) with Keystone badges and white painted interiors (probably among the last painted interiors before Ludwig switched...
  8. 69OysterBlue

    Best product to seal a vintage shell interior?

    I have had a re-wrap project sitting on hold for a few months and am finally getting ready to move forward. This started out as a mid '60s Ludwig Oyster Blue Pearl kit (12/13/16/22) that someone had painted black - essentially ruining the original wrap. I have removed all of the damaged wrap and...
  9. 69OysterBlue

    Ludwig LT-116 Rocker II Stand Parts

    The guitar player in my band gave me some old stands recently - looked like a bunch of low end import stuff. I sorted through the pile today and cleaned up what turned out to be (most of) an old Ludwig LT-116 Rocker II High Hat stand. I have no use for this, but figured someone out there might...
  10. 69OysterBlue

    Looking forward to some Christmas Wrapping

    Looking forward some vacation time over the holidays to work on a couple of projects that I have underway. All are '60s era Ludwig shells in need of new wrap. The single bass drum will get a "Merlot Sparkle" wrap to restore it to it's original look. The 12, 13 & 16" toms are still in great...
  11. 69OysterBlue

    Wrap removal - second installment

    Not really sure if this qualifies as Vintage Venue, Builders Workshop or Backyard Barbeque material - I am deconstructing some vintage shells in the process of building them back into playable drums. Previous post showed that the wrap was beyond recovery on a kit I got this past week. These two...
  12. 69OysterBlue

    Oyster Blue Pearl - covered in black paint

    Just got a kit off eBay that appears to have started life in 1968 as a Ludwig Hollywood set in Oyster Blue Pearl - very similar to the original kit I got when I was 14 years old. Somewhere along the line, someone decided to paint these drums black (ugh!). To the credit of whoever did the paint...
  13. 69OysterBlue

    Big Drum Night - dimensionally speaking

    Finally got to play at a venue that was volume appropriate to allow me to bring out my big drum kit (13/14/16/18/24) - the first time I have played out with the Ludwig Butcher Block Cortex kit since I got them back in 2014. This is a wrap that you either love or just don't care for. I happen...
  14. 69OysterBlue

    Gold Sparkle Ludwigs

    I have been watching an auction for the past several days for a really nice 1968 Ludwig Gold Sparkle kit that was scheduled to conclude last night around 9:30 eastern time. I was in the middle of band rehearsal at the time and was monitoring the auction between songs on my i-Pad. Given that I...
  15. 69OysterBlue

    Learning about the Nuances of Different Vintage Brands

    I've had myself pretty well focused on vintage Ludwig drums since I began collecting and restoring drums a little more than a decade ago. This was probably an homage to the fact that I have owned a Ludwig kit since the late 60's. The only other brand that has come my way are a couple of...
  16. 69OysterBlue

    Need some Gretsch Guidance

    I consider myself to be pretty well informed when it comes to vintage Ludwig gear but I am the first to admit I don't know a great deal about Gretsch drums. I came across an ad today in the local paper that advertised "Champayne Gretsch Drums" with Zildjian cymbals. I figured it was worth a...
  17. 69OysterBlue

    Motor City Donation

    Fellow DFO Forumites - A friend of mine from High School (Tom Stewart) is the driving force behind the non-profit organization "Drums For Drummers". Their mission is to find reasonably nice drum sets with some life left in them that owners might be willing to donate. His organization will...
  18. 69OysterBlue

    Very cool encounter . . . .

    I get to fly a lot for my work and have been lucky enough to have an occasional run in on planes with some famous and mildly famous people. I got a First Class upgrade this afternoon on a flight from Washington Dulles to Cleveland. In the boarding area there were what appeared to be a small...
  19. 69OysterBlue

    What does your band play that nobody else has in their set list?

    One of my band's founding ideals was to be an "alternative to the throngs of three chord bar bands that all seem to share the same play list." In that context we do a lot of Steely Dan, Joe Jackson, Bonnie Raitt, Squeeze, Police, Pretenders, etc . . . . Every now and then we hear from a...
  20. 69OysterBlue

    New Acquisition - 1969 Burgundy Sparkle Ludwigs

    Local drum shop got these in yesterday and called to let me know. After very little hesitation on my part, these babies are now in my basement workshop awaiting a complete restoration. Bass drum, 8x12 and 16x16 are all Keystone badges with date stamps in June of 1969. The 9x13 is a B/O badge...
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