Oh that is good to know, since I absolutely want a 14" floor tom. Are we talking incredibly rare or just a bit difficult to find?Another factor is what sizes do you want? 20" bass drums, and 12" toms are uncommon in the WFL era, and the small floor tom was a 12" x 14" not a 14"x14" until the early transition badge era.
22/13/16 sets and the 24" bass and 18/20 floor toms are easy to find. The 12x14 is very rare.
Mark, this is an absolutely beautiful set and I certainly don't disagree with anything you have said. I just hate where WFL put the mounts in that era. I have seen a really small number of WFL sets where the rail was move up but probably 90% of them are like yours. It's just a preference thing though. The guitar player from my old band lucked into a 1959 WMP trans badge Ludwig 22,13,16,5.5x14 matching snare and it sounds absolutely amazing. I had a beautiful late 40's WFL 24,13,16 with a matching 6.5x14 Ray McKinley snare a while back and I foolishly let it go. I even had a nice WMP 1967 canister too and the set ended up with Tommy P, who added a second floor tom and displayed the set at the Chicago show several years ago in his Buddy Rich display. I couldn't believe how nice they looked at the show!I prefer the WFL drums.
The mahogany shells just sound incredible.
Better build quality too. I have several kits.
I call them the shells of greatness. HIGHLY recommended.
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For me the old WFL sound is so sonically and gig specific. It’s not something that I can use on a regular basis for what I do. Obviously kills on Americana and T Bone Burnette styles but I never hear the drums thru the mix for anything contemporary.
Btw .. who is Gary Bender ?
ThanksI'm not sure if Gary is on here or not but he is on facebook a lot and he has a lots of really nice Ludwig sets in top condition. He never sells singles either. He hangs on to anything he has that is a lone drum so that he can put it with a set that needs a missing drum. A lot of his sets are either super classic sets or downbeats though he sells lots of vistalites and other Ludwig configurations from 60's and 70's. I just mention him as a go to seller if you are looking to buy a set that needs no work, looks practically new and is ready to play.
Well, if you decide to part with the 14x20 I’d be interested!I've seen 2 including mine in ten years.
Pedro's now makes it 3. I would also say you see ten 14x22" basses for every 14x20" WFL you spot. In ten years of active watching I have also never seen an 14x18" bass drum- but I am sure at least a few exist. I had a 12x22" WFL in the 90's that was a cannon- probably the best bass drum I ever had. Stupidly left it at a practice space and then never got back there and the people moved on and never saw it again.
I am debating parting with my set- unfortunately someone removed the wrap off of the 12x14 and 14x20 and stained it with what appears to be deck stain........ I had plans to have Precision wrap it in Green Glass Glitter.