Picked Up a Ringo Bass Drum

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I was recently cruising through Craigslist when I saw an add for a "mix drum set". It included 8"x12" and 14"x14" Sonor Force 2005 all birch toms as well as a 1965 black oyster pearl 14"x20" Ludwig bass drum. The seller had it for a very reasonable price and I picked it up that day. I haven't had a chance clean the bass drum up at all, and it is missing the front hoop, claws, and rods, but I think I can fix it up and make it shine again. Sorry for the bad pictures; I'll get some better ones up when I have a minute to get the drum out in the light.

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I'm going to strip off and clean all the hardware and hit the shell with some Novus. Do you guys have any recommendations on what to use as a good replacement hoop and what hoop inlay options would be the best?
 

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I just finished Ringo's big book of photographs - hundreds of them going right back to early childhood, the Pete Best Years in Hamburg and so on . All have an explanation of time ,place and circumstance except for one - a full page color pic of his Ed Sullivan kit, alone, just the four pieces( beautifully aged white interior on the bass ) . Like they say, one picture is worth a thousand words , and you my friend have the one touch worth a thousand pictures . Guard that tub with your life .
 

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I'm going to strip off and clean all the hardware and hit the shell with some Novus. Do you guys have any recommendations on what to use as a good replacement hoop and what hoop inlay options would be the best?
Keep the BD hoops. Clean them well, and get some black touch-up paint, paint over the portions that are scratched, dinged, or pitted. Or get a small can of black paint, a fairly narrow brush, a wider brush/foam brush @ 1 1/2 inches wide, and paint the entire hoop, paying close attention to the side of the hoop that has the inlay on it. It will take a while, but its worth the effort. Of course don't paint the inlay !
 

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Keep the BD hoops. Clean them well, and get some black touch-up paint, paint over the portions that are scratched, dinged, or pitted. Or get a small can of black paint, a fairly narrow brush, a wider brush/foam brush @ 1 1/2 inches wide, and paint the entire hoop, paying close attention to the side of the hoop that has the inlay on it. It will take a while, but its worth the effort. Of course don't paint the inlay !
That's what I was planning on for the batter hoop. Unfortunately the resonant hoop was missing when I got the drum. Any recommendations on paint that will match the original Ludwig paint?
 

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Great find! It just shows us that they are still out there ...and sometimes mixed in with other drums
 

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It blows my mind how so many people like that finish.
I'm one of them. I bet most of use who do are in our 60s and 70s, having experienced Beatlemania first hand. We have vivid memories of seeing that finish for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. It probably wouldn't be something I would gravitate towards if I were a teenager or young adult today.
 

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Satin black rattle can is a great paint match for the Ludwig bass hoops of that era.
 

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Thanks for the comments guys. Personally, I'm kind of neutral towards the finish, but appreciate its historical significance. I took a few pictures this morning, but still haven't had time to tear the drum down and start polishing the shell with novus. I think it'll really look good by the time I'm done with everything (hopefully by the end of this week).

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I'm 62 and I think it looks like fugly linoleum flooring from an institution.
It DOES look like linoleum; actually there are a number of linoleum patterns I've seen that would make good drum wrap. It's just a bit too heavy--I'm sure it'd deaden the sound too much.......marko
 

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Got the shell polished today. There are a few dings in the wrap and a bit of bearing edge damage on the bottom resonant side, but overall it's looking really good. The wrap has a bit of yellowing, but overall it's looking really good.

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Got all the hardware put back on. It's starting to look pretty good again. I'm waiting for a replacement hoop to come in, then I'll paint both hoops and it should be done.
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