Anyone using a more modern tom arm with vintage ludwigs?

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Just ordered the single gibraltar platform off ebay. I’ll try hunting down the extended rod before getting a standard one. For the time being I’ll stick with the 70’s mount when I use both hanging toms. Thanks for all the input
 

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The Ludwig version (on the right) of the Gibraltar double mount platform I posted above...
From the 1999 catalog

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Probably made in the same factory in Taiwan.
 

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Here is the setup described above

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These are the Gibraltar "platforms" I mentioned which are identical (or nearly so) to what Ludwig was selling, at least at one time.

single SC-SP - Gibraltar Hardware

Double SC-DP - Gibraltar Hardware

ball arm for above SC-LBS - Gibraltar Hardware (this is not the extended one shown above, which was a Ludwig part and appears to be no longer be available...c'mon Ludwig you had something unique....make some more).
K.O., what is that thick chrome attachment sticking out of the diamond mount? Is it a double tom mount or ?
 

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I know u want to get away from the wrench, but when I restored my drums I added stainless washers and stainless acorn nuts to my tom mounts and floor toms. With the larger head size and more threads u can really lock the toms in place, and looks much nicer(I think) then the plain exposed hex nuts.
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K.O., what is that thick chrome attachment sticking out of the diamond mount? Is it a double tom mount or ?
That's a single mount tube. That particular one is actually a Remo brand one, but pretty similar to the Gibraltar version I linked to.
 

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I use Pearl tom arms and a Pearl BT-3 on a Opti-Mount or RIMMS. (a little East meets West) and always reliable.
You may need an adapter for your bass mount:
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I know u want to get away from the wrench, but when I restored my drums I added stainless washers and stainless acorn nuts to my tom mounts and floor toms. With the larger head size and more threads u can really lock the toms in place, and looks much nicer(I think) then the plain exposed hex nuts. View attachment 519919 View attachment 519920
Its a nice clean look, I’m just tired of tools for adjustment so I ordered the same style wingnuts as found on your mount
 

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Here is the same setup as I pictured above but with the Gibraltar single tom post. I replaced the T nut that tightens the ball arm with a Ludwig one and the extended arm is the Ludwig part. I think I paid $25 for the Gibraltar part via Amazon.
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Here is the same setup as I pictured above but with the Gibraltar single tom post. I replaced the T nut that tightens the ball arm with a Ludwig one and the extended arm is the Ludwig part. I think I paid $25 for the Gibraltar part via Amazon.
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I tried ordering that post from ebay. Seller contacted me that they are sold out and that seems to be the story everywhere right now so I’ll be revisiting this idea in a couple months. Thanks again
 

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I tried ordering that post from ebay. Seller contacted me that they are sold out and that seems to be the story everywhere right now so I’ll be revisiting this idea in a couple months. Thanks again


Seems to be happening a lot lately. I need to order stuff for work and lately everyone is out of stock of whatever I need.

Come to think of it I posted about this platform a while back for someone else asking the same sort of question and they mentioned that they got the last one that Amazon had in stock at the moment. That was a while ago though.

As far as the extended arm (if that interests you) I think we're all SOL. Those seem to have dried up long enough ago that I assume Ludwig dropped the product*. I'm sure that somewhere in this great land there is probably one hanging in a bag on the wall of some music store somewhere, still waiting to be bought. But finding such a thing could be difficult. Maybe, just maybe, a new batch is somewhere out there working its way through the supply chain. It's a great idea and a bit of a "no-brainer" as far as products go so it's surprising to me that only Ludwig has made such a part (actually Remo had a similar part for their drums but the arm was 10.5mm instead of 9.5mm and I believe those are long gone as well).

*verified here
Ludwig Extended 9.5mm L-Arm w/ Ball Drums on SALE
 

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This Inde is an option. The mount can configure to become more vertical and bring the tom closer to center, which I like. Between the drilless rail, retro rail, and this diamond plate I have a universal system across drums. Excellent!
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Atlas arch on my 1966 downbeats. Don’t worry, uses existing holes!
 

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I have a mid 70’s kit, black cortex. Doesn’t answer your question, but a tom mount masking plate, and the tom on a snare stand with Booty Shakers (also on floor tom feet) has given me the best results, sounds tremendous…

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