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A rare Silver Sparkle outfit - but the sound of 'em!
Another Sparkling Silver Pearl set of tubs! Pretty, yes but not just for fans of Mr. Morello! Although that's certainly what we think when we see these tubs. This is a player's kit in every sense of the word but you'd never think that when you look at that money shot! And then when you here it... KA-BOOM! Such a full, rich tone - proper old Ludwig gear. We're not sure this is a factory-matched set. Read on to find out more... It looks like these drums were meant to be together. They appear to have aged together. As player's kits go, this is a belter. Pitted hardware, damage to the rack (albeit well repaired) and potentially non-factory drums... BUT! They look right, they are all original and they sound fantastic so it leads us to ask the question: "Who cares?" These drums all share the same features; original Silver Sparkle finish, factory egg-shell interior, white felt Baseball Bat Damper, no visible stamps. They all also appear to be very close in age, between 1966-1968. The shell construction, the close serial numbers... If it wasn't for the rack tom appearing to be from a 'Hollywood Outfit', we could have easily concluded that this was a factory-matched kit - that's how right they look together. BUT! There's tom rash on the right hand side of the kick. So was the rack tom a special order for a lefty? The consolette rail on the kick is in it's standard place and hasn't been moved or altered but flipping the l-arm, putting the rack tom on the right-hand side, set up for a lefty, works. No need to further mess around. So these drums may well have been originally sold together. They certainly have aged together. They didn't half tune up easy, bags of vintage Ludwig tone.
Yes it looks tidy and you already know what's keeping thing kit away from the higher price tag that it could command. The odd bump and scrape, you know, general gigwear, a good little patch of tom rash on the kick. The only features that really detracts from the kit is the damage to the rack tom. The repair job is minimal and looks good - hard to spot unless you're up close and looking for it. All the drums have faded slightly to a lighter Silver Sparkle as they sometimes do. The only things we can point to after that is the general condition. Pitting on the lugs, claws, etc., tarnish on the tom hoops, wear on the floor legs, you know, stuff you'd expect of a set of drums of this age. One of the previous owners has inscribed his (or her) initials on a lug of each of the drums, 'M. C.'. Who this mysterious M. C. is, we will likely never know...
Rack Tom – Good condition. The main thing is the badge (which is a modern reproduction) has been pushed out of the shell. This has been glued back in place and then smoothed over with wood filler. You can see some of the wrap separation around the badge but, as mentioned above, it is not particularly noticeable. Apart from that, this drum has been built to be on the right-hand side of the kick so it's kind of a lefty kit but as you can see from our pictures, the only difference is that the badge faces the player. Tidy bearing edges, factory egg-shell interior, smooth white felt Baseball Bat damper, no visible date stamp. Clear lapping, original wrap, a beautiful drum.
Floor Tom – Great condition. Better than the rack tom. No real damage to speak of. Maybe slight general wear, noticeable on the floor tom legs, slight wrap lift/slip at the seam, but it's hard to point to anything particular on this drum. Just hardware pitting, tarnish and general gigware. Original egg-shell interior and wrap, tidy bearing edges, etc.. Again, the date stamp has unfortunately faded and is not visible. Original white felt damper, clear lapping, serial number 428872. Basically, another lovely drum.
Bass Drum – Good condition again. The hardware on this drum is as sturdy as you think. Bit of tom rash on the wrap and lugs. The hoops appear to have been touched up with a lick of paint. Slight egg on the kick batter hoop from years of Speed clamp'n! After that, again, this drum is in much the same condition as the others. There's a tad bit of wear/pitting/tarnish on the metal work. Original earlier '60s 'Telephone Dial' consolette rail, dog-leg spurs, claws, etc.. Original egg-shell interior, clear lapping and again no visible date stamp. Serial number 426874. So all in all, we have another killer drum. Good bearing edges – ready to rumble!
This is a killer set. Tidy enough, brilliant finish and all of the drum sound you could ever wish for - that vintage Ludwig sound that permeates all of the most popular music genres we hear every day. All these old Luddies sound a little different but they all have that legendary Ludwig tone and that's something we never get tired of hearing.
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