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Ludwig Black Cortex Restoration

baz1949

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I realise this might not go down too well with the purists but as you can see the Luddy's were pretty beat up after years of "Russian Dolling". Most of the bearing edges were chewed up and splitting and the BC Finish was scratched the hell up. So I decided to give them a new lease of life together with the help of an amazing drum restorer and musician David "Levi" Jeans from Edinburgh Scotland. To me he has worked wonders with this once ugly knackered kit, I have definitely changed my opinion on restoration, I stripped all the parts and meticulously cleaned and polished them, whilst David did the hard work. I hope you agree and support my decision to have this done, personally I think this is an amazing transformation. I will have to post the before pictures first, then the finished article. PS The White Oyster Pearl was bought from the States, Bum Wrap I think
 

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Here is the job complete, photographed with a Pioneer with the same finish and a Supra. Sizes for the drums are 22"BD, 13" and 14" MT's and 18" FT
 

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Amazing transformation. The before pictures show what a hard life the drums had in the past and the after pictures show that the drums are ready for their second life in the spotlight. Great job!
 

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Nicely done. Gotta love a gleaming, freshly restored kit set up on a gravel roadway!
 

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Here is the job complete, photographed with a Pioneer with the same finish and a Supra. Sizes for the drums are 22"BD, 13" and 14" MT's and 18" FT

The white pearl looks great, and it was a huge success as a color in the 60s - 70s.

The only improvement I would make (well... actually two) to that kit (I had one like it back in the 70s - Ludwig Pro Beat)
1- Replace the tom tension nuts with something that does not require a "Ludwig" wrench
2- The bass drum spurs on those kits were the worst design ever. I would replace those with something more modern that does not creep. Second they never retracted far enough to get the drum to fit in my bass drum bag... I always had to remove the spurs and toss them in my hardware bag... Even the cheep kits now days have better bass spurs than those things. Some vintage ideas need to stay vintage... and in the vintage timeframe in which they were ill conceived..... The Ludwig bass drum spur is one such item... Ok I calmed down now...

Other than those two Ludwig thingies, your kit looks great... amazing job.... You have something to fall in love with all over again... And they gots coated heads too.... awesome
 
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