1959 Ludwig 12,14,18 Bop Kit Completed photos

Randy73

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1959 Ludwig Transition Badge Bop Kit 12 x 8, 14 x 14, 18 x 13". Original Jet Black Cortex wrap. Mahogany interior on 12 and 18" and Beautiful maple inner ply on the 14" floor tom. Non original hoops on the bass were 2" wide when I found these so I cut them down about 1/2" and routed out the inlay channels to accept some 60s silver sparkle inlays that I had laying around. Bass had been previously cut down from 14" depth to 13" depth at some point. Non original reinforcement ring and edge were in pretty rough shape so I dressed them up and they now look and function as they should. I found this with MIJ lugs on the bass that someone drilled one extra hole per lug to install. Luckily, the correct Ludwig Bass drum lugs barely cover the extra hole so they are not visible from the outside. Rail consolette was redrilled and moved to a center position at some point as well. Toms are in great unaltered condition. COB hoops on toms. After a full disassembly, cleaning, polishing and rummaging through my parts bins for the correct parts I am very happy with how this kit turned out. After some consideration I have decided that the initials on the bass will stay as part of the character and history of the set.

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mlayton

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Just beautiful Randy. You did the kit up right I think. I love the silver sparkle inlays. The bass hoop work really made a nice difference. Those are really something to be proud to own. Enjoy them.

Mike
 

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That kit turned out really well! I agree about the lettering on the bass drum - part of the history of the kit, and adds character. Really impressed with how you revived this.
 

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Love it. I didn't like that LL on the side at first, but you make a valid point and have done such a nice job with it, so ten points to Gryffyndor! Nice one mate.
 

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Fantastic job! From the camera distance, they look factory new. Black and chrome...hard to beat that combination.
 

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Very nice- those look awesome!
 


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