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A tidy little Down Beat - Blue Sparkle always looks good!
Yes! A virgin 20" kick! Look at how tidy it is too! This kit ticks so many of our boxes. This is a player's kit that sounds every bit as good as it looks! There are a few points that put these drums into player's territory that aren't exactly obvious and half of you probably wouldn't even care! This ain't a factory paired set. That is why these drums ain't silly money as they sometimes can be (check out the other Blue Sparkle on our eBay shop!). Although these ain't factory, they look spot on, as you can see - beautiful.
Yes it has been played but it has been well looked-after. Modified, ain't a factory match and not quite perfect - the odd bump and scrape, you know, general gigwear. But the wrap, interiors and the majority of the hardware are all original. The virgin kick is the star of the show though. The depth of the Blue Sparkle (original) wrap, the excellent condition - you can just tell someone treasured it. It must've been made for a lefty as there is a box for a cymbal arm on the left hand side (no cymbal arm included). We love the patch of leather on the batter side too. These drums are from all over the '60s. The kick is a '69, nice clear stamp, the floor tom appears to have been made in '64 looking at it's various features and construction (no stamp) but the rack is a little harder to place, sitting between '66 and '68. They look right together though, even with the vibrancy of the kick, the toms look so damn close all together, don't you think? So, a '60s Down Beat that is full of that legendary Ludwig tone and is this tidy-looking!? Can't see this set hanging round for long!
Rack Tom – Great condition. Tiny bit of snare rash on the player's side. The odd scuff and ding but overall, pretty tidy. The chrome work is pretty tidy too. Factory egg shell interior, faded/not visible date stamp, Baseball Bat (white felt) working but a little creaky due to a washer or two missing from the mech. Clear lapping, rounded bearing edges, original wrap, no visible date stamp. Little ding and wear on the bottom bearing edge. This drum looks egged with the heads off but it's not. It's the lapping process they used at the time but this thing tunes up great and sounds like every other '60s Luddy 12" rack tom - brilliant! That classic boxy boom.
Floor Tom – Good condition, very similar to the rack. Tad bit more age on the drum in general but not enough to detract from the appearance of the drum. The only thing worth mentioning is that this drum appears to have once had the earlier Ludwig/WFL straight legs with the accompanying brackets which has slightly larger hole spacing. The holes have been filled fairly well and can only be noticed when it's pointed out to you. Original egg-shell white interior, again, no visible stamp, Baseball Bat damper (red felt) smooth, original and intact. New legs. Tidy bearing edges, clear lapping, low serial five digit serial. This thing sings! Another lovely drum.
Kick Drum – Very good condition, tidier than the other two. As mentioned above, this thing is damn tidy. Virgin kick, tidy metalwork, deep blue vibrant wrap, all original. Both hoops appear to have had a paint good jobs covering a little pedal rash, general wear and a bit taken out of the wood. The inlays have been repinned on. They look really tidy. Original 'Clear Maple' interior, nice bearing edges (that have potentially been tidied up), clear lapping and a clear date stamp that reads 'APR 2 1969'. This bass drum is probably worth it's weight in gold. And the rumble coming out of this thing... Another killer drum – ready to thump!
Down Beats are in! And when they look and sound as good as this, Down Beats are quickly back out on the road where they should be. Pictures don't do this one justice.
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