from the '62 catalog...probably put out in late '61 (same time I was )I didn’t realize ‘62 was the cutoff year for the bass drum spur transition. Do you know when they stopped cataloguing the New Yorker? Was it 1964ish?
beautyesp with a mahogany shell and rings..
might be a little too-delicious and self-indulgent ; ) (lol
I had a WFL 12/22. In the TOP 3 best sounding BD's for me.That's my video that JDA posted. That 12x22 bass drum is one of the best sounding I own (and I own quite a few). A 16x16 would not have been part of the original set so having that included is a real plus as well (I had to hunt mine down, I have since added a matching 16x18 to the mix).
Really hard to go wrong with Ludwigs from this era. Especially if they are Pre-Beatle Boom early 60s when they were putting a bit more care into their construction.
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Just to be clear the New Yorkers aren't any different than any other Ludwig drums of the era. The name just refers to that particular combination of sizes (12/22) that were cataloged together. But it does mean you get that somewhat rare 12" deep bass drum which is a plus as they sound great. Most wrapped Ludwigs of that time were mahogany/poplar/mahogany although sometimes maple was used as an inner ply, particularly on bass drums.
22x12 all the way here.
One of my fav bass drums.
IT HAS PUNCH!!
While this set is NOT a NYer (but I am) it is a Porto-Pak outfit which came with the 8x12 tom & the awesome 5.5x13 snare & 22x12 kick.
the FT on this kit is era correct & was ordered with kit. All WFL badges & the shells of greatness.
1952 WFL Porto-Pak Outfit No. 986P in Sparkling Red Pearl
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Thank you for that detailed explanation! that is a lovely kit you have there and yes, I agree, the 16x16 is definitely a plus! I am going to jump on it. I've only heard great things about the 12x22 bass drum. What are your thoughts about using this in a House of Worship? The kit I am looking at has the white shell paint inside.
Thanks for this!I too play a 12x22 WFL, I got it with extra holes and stripped wrap. Filled the holes and shot it with black lacquer from a spray can and started gigging it. I’m afraid to do anything else to it as it sounds incredible as is and I don’t want to mess with the mojo!
I appreciate the feedback, well taken!I wonder if it has to do with the relationship of the depth to the diameter proportion-wise? 12x22 looks proportionally very similar to a 14x24 which is another good sounding bass drum size. I don't know but almost everyone who has experienced this size combo is impressed by it, myself included.