My FIRST set of Ludwigs!

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Back in the late 80s my high school band had a set of Ludwigs for the school kit. We never really liked it as it was poorly maintained, tuned bad, etc (you know - the school kit).
Anyway, I always kept in contact with the band directors and tabs on the school band program. Over time drums came and went - ok, more came that went. Anyway new kits arrived over time to replace the "old Ludwig" kit and it disappeared into back lockers. I was talking to one of the directors about a year ago and asked about the old thing. Turns out it had been shipped down to the middle school and was getting no action there either as they had a newer drum kit. I put the bug in their ear that I would be interested if they ever decided to get rid of it. It was an old (I didn't remember the model) kit but I did remember it was 12-13-16-18 with a 22 BD and SILVER SPARKLE!

Time passed.

Today I got a message out of the blue that the final director I knew was retiring from the middle school and wondered if I was still interested in the drums as she was cleaning out all the old stuff that likely would just end up in the garbage. I said sure. I knew they would be in rough shape after (I'm not telling how many years) of school use and abuse, but I thought they would be worth a go. I gave them a cursory look over as I was loading them up. Yup they were in some poor shape, but the bearing edges looked really good through the clear pinstripes they had on them. They were not cracked or split. The BD had 3 casings broke off, but they were there with the T rods. Someone had replaced the tom mount on the BD and toms with Tama mounts (wasn't really surprised as the old mount was barely functional when I was in high school. The BD rims are good with the exception of some obvious wear spots and the spurs were replaced as well. The wrap is in surprisingly good shape for the age with the exception that the silver sparkle looks more like champaign now. No badges on any of the drums but I could see the shadow from where they used to be.
We couldn't find the tom mount or the 18" Floor tom anywhere. My suspicion is it was probably scrapped years ago unfortunately. I had a really good laugh when I saw the BD still had the SAME Silver Dot head on it that was on it when I was in high school.

so this really was my FIRST Ludwig Kit. I now have it in my drumshed - and a lot of work to do to get it back in shape.


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HA! Great story... Have fun with the restoration!
 

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Started on the smallest drum (smallest = easiest, right?). Tension rods all came out as if I lubed them yesterday. Something felt off. Fortunately I had my tape with me ready to take some measurements.

13!

I immediately went out and measured the rest of the kit.

13 & 14 Mounted toms!
16 Floor.
24" BD!!!

Not so thrilled about the mounted toms. I can live with the 13, but PSYCKED ABOUT THE 24!!!

Got some work to do on the 13. Can't see the wood rings on the bearing edges. Looks like someone used some kind of graphite (or almost a wood burner) to keep the edges smooth.
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EDIT/UPDATE

Got the TAMA tom bracket off. All original Ludwig parts now! :salute:

Whoever drilled the holes for the bracket did a poor job. On the plus side i could look through them to confirm 3 ply! The unusual thing is the re-ring looks to be a 1 piece/ply.
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Great story! My high school's jazz band kit was a mid 60's 4-piece Slingerland kit in Fiesta Pearl. As with your school's Ludwig kit, parts were missing and each drum has a different type of head, but there's still a soft spot in my heart for that kit and I often wonder where it ended up after I graduated in 1976.
 

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Wow so cool that it’s a 24! Not too many of those out there. Shame about the 18. I think it’s awesome that the mounted toms are 13 and 14.
 

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13.14,16,18,24 was the Pro Beat one of greatest catalog pics ever ; )


was (without the dimensions pasted across each drum) in an earlier 71- but not shown until 75 at VDG
 
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13.14,16,18,24 was the Pro Beat one of greatest catalog pics ever ; )


was (without the dimensions pasted across each drum) in an earlier 71- but not shown until 75 at VDG
Those aren’t drums. Those are DRUUUMS!
 

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Started on the smallest drum (smallest = easiest, right?). Tension rods all came out as if I lubed them yesterday. Something felt off. Fortunately I had my tape with me ready to take some measurements.

13!

I immediately went out and measured the rest of the kit.

13 & 14 Mounted toms!
16 Floor.
24" BD!!!

Not so thrilled about the mounted toms. I can live with the 13, but PSYCKED ABOUT THE 24!!!

Got some work to do on the 13. Can't see the wood rings on the bearing edges. Looks like someone used some kind of graphite (or almost a wood burner) to keep the edges smooth. View attachment 443293
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EDIT/UPDATE

Got the TAMA tom bracket off. All original Ludwig parts now! :salute:

Whoever drilled the holes for the bracket did a poor job. On the plus side i could look through them to confirm 3 ply! The unusual thing is the re-ring looks to be a 1 piece/ply.
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Looks like a project! I’ve seen that before where old Ludwig silver sparkle darkens to more of a champaign sparkle. Oxidation I think. Good luck!
 

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13.14,16,18,24 was the Pro Beat one of greatest catalog pics ever ; )


was (without the dimensions pasted across each drum) in an earlier 71- but not shown until 75 at VDG
In the ad copy: “today’s ‘aware’ music.” Lol what does that mean
 

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Aware enough to mix genres. Cross-genres. Mixing genres. Experienced.
not myopic. willing to mix. Aware of the entire spectrum (of musics) and willing to incorporate it.
earliest of fusion.
Interesting take, that makes sense. I just thought it was funny.
 

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Yes yes yes . Significant trophy on numerous levels - a piece of Ludwig history that is also your own history too . Like Disney's Sleeping Beauty , they've been waiting for some one like you . Congratulations !! Who knows, the 18 might be lost waiting to be found .

I found the best way to clean up the edges on those are with 4-600 grit emery paper soaked in pure cabinetmakers' lemon oil . Interiors appreciate that treatment too , keeps the veneer supple and nourished .

Beauty .
 
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13.14,16,18,24 was the Pro Beat one of greatest catalog pics ever ; )


was (without the dimensions pasted across each drum) in an earlier 71- but not shown until 75 at VDG
Beat me to it,JDA!
Bombastic kit!
Had one!
 

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