Ludwig Micro-Bop Bass Drum

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Just recently finished up a matching 10" x16" bass drum for my transition badge downbeat kit. I used a 69 timp tom, plugged any extra holes with plugs cut from a rocker shell, and wrapped it in jet black. I used gold sparkle inlays on the hoops to match my snare, but I may switch over to silver. Let me know what you think.

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Years ago I had a great deal on a 7 Piece Yamaha kit for which I needed half of that so fully converted the 16" tom with spurs and tom mount, kept the 10" rack and suspended 14" tom (not shown in this pic) and sold off the other pieces. It was great little kit but I moved on later and sold it.

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That's very cool. I have a 12x18 Ludwig bass drum that also started its life as a timp tom. Now you've got me thinking I should find a 16.

I added inlayed hoops to a black Gretsch set I had and initially did them in gold sparkle. It looked great but I eventually switched them to silver sparkle, which I personally prefer.
 

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Very nice job!

I do agree that silver inlays would look better, though. Have to admit that the gold ones are pretty striking, but IMO the overall look would be less "busy" with silver.

Does that Ludwig shell use reinforcement rings? If so, how did you deal with the trimmed end?

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Here's the shell I used for the project. It came from ludwig as a 10" x 16" with re rings. I think I'm convinced that I'm gonna switch over to silver inlays.

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That's very cool. I have a 12x18 Ludwig bass drum that also started its life as a timp tom. Now you've got me thinking I should find a 16.

I added inlayed hoops to a black Gretsch set I had and initially did them in gold sparkle. It looked great but I eventually switched them to silver sparkle, which I personally prefer.
I would love to find a 12" x 18" to have a true jazzette bass drum. This 16" sound pretty dang good though.
 

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That is beautiful! The gold is perfect. Ties the BD together with the snare and the cymbals. Nice work!
 

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Great job..looks so good!! isn't it fun to do those projects?? I've been doing restorations/reconfiguring..for years..so relaxing..and when it's done..aaaahhhh !!! Like a really interesting 3-D jigsaw puzzle...and you can play it afterwards!!!
 

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Just recently finished up a matching 10" x16" bass drum for my transition badge downbeat kit. I used a 69 timp tom, plugged any extra holes with plugs cut from a rocker shell, and wrapped it in jet black. I used gold sparkle inlays on the hoops to match my snare, but I may switch over to silver. Let me know what you think.

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SUPER classy!
Nice touch. I wouldn't change A THING.
….athough, I'm wondering how the snare would work with the rest of the kit if it got the same black/gold treatment that your hoops did.
I think I like that!

Elvis
P.S. - Where did you get Transition badges? Does Ludwig offer those now, or did you rob them from an old kit?
 

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SUPER classy!
Nice touch. I wouldn't change A THING.
….athough, I'm wondering how the snare would work with the rest of the kit if it got the same black/gold treatment that your hoops did.
I think I like that!

Elvis
P.S. - Where did you get Transition badges? Does Ludwig offer those now, or did you rob them from an old kit?
I ended up buying a trans badge for the bass drum off eBay. I do have a donor shell with another trans badge if i need to rob another one.
 

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Are you using a riser? I can't tell.
I'm using the Gibraltar riser for 18" and 20" kick drums on the lowest setting. I like have an 18" kick on the floor, but with a 16" it gets a little tight without a riser.
 

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So, I know some of you will disagree with my decision, but I decided to go with the silver inlay on the bass drum hoop. For some reason the gold just didn't look classic enough to me. Here are a few pictures with the silver sparkle inlay. I also grabbed some shots of the interior. I ended up painting it white to cover all of the plugged holes I had, but sanded it a bit to level the paint and make it look more original. I added a nice little tag saying what the drum originally was as well.

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I love the drum and the gold inlay matching the snare! Silver looks good, too. What a sweet little kit! And I dig the label!

For the right venues I love my 16 Gretsch bass. But I did a gig last Friday with a beater 10x14 Slingy 70's tom that I've turned (ok, butchered!) into a micro bass by adding a snare stand, legs, riser and cymbal stand. I had hats and a vintage Gretsch snare off DFO and a flat ride and had an acoustic rock out! And it sounded great behind 3 acoustic and a clean electric! Although I felt like I was riding a tricycle! And it sucks that I forgot my carpet thinking we were playing IN the museum, not outside it! But the loading was super easy! Gotta love small basses!

(PS: the ride is supposed to look that way - Old School patina 18" flat ride - it's a little too much IMO)

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I love the drum and the gold inlay matching the snare! Silver looks good, too. What a sweet little kit! And I dig the label!

For the right venues I love my 16 Gretsch bass. But I did a gig last Friday with a beater 10x14 Slingy 70's tom that I've turned (ok, butchered!) into a micro bass by adding a snare stand, legs, riser and cymbal stand. I had hats and a vintage Gretsch snare off DFO and a flat ride and had an acoustic rock out! And it sounded great behind 3 acoustic and a clean electric! Although I felt like I was riding a tricycle! And it sucks that I forgot my carpet thinking we were playing IN the museum, not outside it! But the loading was super easy! Gotta love small basses!

(PS: the ride is supposed to look that way - Old School patina 18" flat ride - it's a little too much IMO)

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That little kit looks great! To be honest, I completely stole the tag idea from your jazzette restoration. I think it's a good thing to throw a tag in a modified vintage drum, just a cool way to show that it isn't original and to give it a little more personal connection.
 

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