Vintage Ludwig 1960s Super Classic Pre-Serial Numbers Red Sparkle Shell Pack
We have been selling vintage Ludwig drums for a long time now so when we declare to our customers that we don’t see many of these kits coming in, we’re not talking turkey!
Being a pre-serial numbers Super Classic shelled outfit in an absolutely gorgeous red sparkle pearl finish and a not-so-standard set-up, we reckon this was a special-order set. What makes this baby a good push more special, is its unusual 22/12/14 configuration, a choice extremely popular today, but not so back in the 1960s.
Perhaps its previous owner was a time-traveller…?
Okay, maybe not, but with these un-numbered badges and period shell fittings, this vintage Ludwig set will not hang around.
Down to the nitty-gritty….
The 12″ x 8″ Rack Tom is in lovely condition with chrome-over-brass hoops, red damper and original white painted interior.
The fitted resonant head is an original first-generation Ludwig ‘Weather Master’ and the drum has a modern Remo Vintage A on the batter side. As expected, there are no serial numbers on the pre-serial badge.
The 14″ x 14″ Floor Tom (rare or what?); this is the jewel in the crown of this set. An absolute gem of a find in this wrap and everything working as it should be.
The only small issue with the drum is a bit of wrap lift on the seam which we have shown in the listing’s photo gallery. Due to the effect of time on the wrap, it is pretty much set ‘as is’ and cannot be forced back flush to the shell. We advise not to try and force it back and to leave it be. If you are a true vintage buyer, you will appreciate the art often lies within the imperfections…
Thankfully, the wrap lift does not affect the seating of the heads so no worries there. The batter side has a modern Remo Vintage A so there’s no need to go seeking ‘retro fit’ drum heads.
The Floor Tom legs are all original and the shell interior has its original white painted interior.
In keeping with the other two drums, this 22″ x 14″ Bass Drum is in brilliant condition! The only minor blemishes worthy of anyone’s attention are found on the hoops, where there is slight wrap separation and evidence of a piece added by the previous owner. Obviously, this will be of little significance to the vintage Ludwig buyer who understands the market well.
Unlike the Toms, the interior of this drum is not painted and has a clearly visible ‘22’ chalk mark, presumably drawn on during the shell making process, adding to the valuable history of this set.
It comes with the original Ludwig ‘Weather Master’ heads on both sides and has a superb rail consolette with hardly any wear. The addition of the cymbal arm makes this a truly great set and most definitely, one-of-a-kind!
Included in the Sale
- 1 x 12″ x 8″ 1960 Ludwig red sparkle pearl Rack Tom, pre-serial badge
- 1 x 14″ x 14″ 1961 Ludwig red sparkle pearl Floor Tom, pre-serial badge
- 1 x 22″ x 14″ 1960 Ludwig red sparkle pearl Bass Drum, pre-serial badge
- 1 x Bass Drum mounted cymbal arm
Just to be clear, there are no other drums/cases or hardware included with this lot, only what is listed above! But if you have been searching for vintage Ludwig in Red Sparkle wrap, then we have a feeling your boat may have just come in!
Non-UK buyers welcome, please contact us for a shipping quote to your country.