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Beauty ain't just skin-deep.
Now this outfit can tell some tales. These old Ludwigs seem to be the order of the day and although there's something to be said for the collectors pieces and rarities, we're thankful that there's so many player's kits out there - they have so much personality. So this set is a factory outfit in original Sparkling Silver Pearl wrap that has aged to that 'Ginger Ale' hue they always do. We love 'em, as do any fans of Mr. Morello but Silver Sparkle is one of those finishes that looks classy but would equally sit behind a rock group. But what would really draw a rock band to this kit is the kick drum - CANNON. So much low-end. The toms prefer to sing but even at a low-medium tuning, the floor tom throws out enough bottom-end to please any drummer. The toms are particularly resonant on this kit. Boom'n out that classic Ludwig sound - unmistakable vintage tone. This kit has seen it's fair share of gigs. When we get vintage American kits in that wear their heart on their sleeve so to speak, we are then never surprised when they sound absolutely brilliant.
As we have have already mentioned above, this outfit would be classed as a 'player's kit'. So there are many features that bolster this kit's status, such as; it is a factory matched drum, the wrap is original, etc.. And when you look at the money shot, that's what your adoring fans will see when you're sitting behind your new (old) kit on stage. But the devil is of course in the detail. The consolette rail has been moved to a central position and back again so there is a set of extra holes - good for a lefty to switch the rail round if they so wished. There is also a more mysterious set of three holes of the side of the bass drum, although they've been filled and look pretty good. What were they for? Maybe multiple cymbal arm mount positions? We will probably never know... The other thing that is worth mentioning as there are remnants of this present but doesn't effect the current condition of the kit - it was, at one point, painted ALL BLACK! Even the lugs! The desire to deface such a beautiful musical instrument in such a way is called '1980s Syndrome'. Many of you know of what we speak, it was a dark time so we shall dwell on it no longer. The gentleman we purchased the kit off told he bought it black and then removed 99.9% of the paint before moving it on to us. There is the odd minute trace of the black paint around a random lug, etc. but fortunately we don't have to deal with the heart break of seeing such a thing for ourselves. Apart from that, there's a good bit of gigwear all over the drums. All in all, this kit has been gigged and you can see it. Battle scars and all. But, it is hear, still solid, still looking pretty, still sounding MEGA - ready to get back on the road.
Rack Tom – Good condition. The odd scuff, ding, etc.. Lovely Ginger Ale aged wrap. Wear on the hardware, rust on the hoops - what you'd expect on a road-worn kit of this age. The bearing edges may have been touched up at some point on this drum. They are slightly flatter on top. This isn't quite the give away you might think though as we've seen factory edges that are similar but the various dings in the bearing edges and edge of the wrap would allude to the former. Doesn't seem to make a difference though - this drum sings on a snare stand just as well as it does on the consolette rail. The only other thing worth mentioning about this drum is that it has been drilled for double Baseball Bat Dampers (top and bottom) but again, we think that the resonant side holes are not factory. The holes are bare for anyone who wishes to add a second damper unit. Aside from those issues, we have all the good stuff as it should be; original wrap, clear lapping, white felt Baseball Bat Damper nice and smooth, solid tom arm box, etc.. No visible date stamp. Serial number #472164. Ready to go.
Floor Tom – Good condition. Similar to the rack tom. General wear again, rusty and tarnished floor tom legs, dings and scuffs on the wrap, lugs and hoops, etc.. Good scratch on the front of this drum but it's only more visible presumably because of remnants of the black paint, mentioned above. Bit of elbow grease with some kind of safe paint remover might have it ll but disappear. This has also be drilled for a reso damper but this time a 'Big Knob Damper'. Again the holes are vacant. Everything else about this drum is great. Original egg-shell interior and wrap, tidy-enough bearing edges with the odd ding, clear lapping etc.. Again, the date stamp has unfortunately faded and is not visible. Original white felt damper working smoothly, solid floor tom boxes, serial number #470383. Serious rumble out of this one.
Bass Drum – Good condition. Much the same as the other two drums. It has similar types of wear on the hardware as the other two - the odd scuff, ding, bit of pitting and tarnish, etc.. The wrap again has cosmetic blemishes. As mentioned above, the consolette has once been moved more centrally and has the corresponding holes. They haven't been filled so this kit is lefty friendly if it's new owner so wished! The consolette rail and tom holder itself is good and solid. The top of this drum has an odd patch very silvery wrap right in the middle. Not noticeable from certain angles. As mentioned above, there are three mystery holes that have been filled on the side of this drum. They've been done well. The hoops have been repainted and look good. There appears to have been some jiggery-pokery gone on with the inlay of one of the hoops but again, these are details that only a Ludwig fan would see if he/she got up close and dismantled the drum. After that, we're looking at another great drum. Original egg-shell interior, clear lapping, solid spurs and rail, fairly tidy bearing edges. Again, stamp faded to obscurity. Serial number #472455. Another thump'n tub!
If drums could tell stories... We would no doubt be enthralled for hours with this one. Despite the mods and battle scars we've listed, look at that main picture - doesn't even look like we're talking about the same kit, right? Exactly. Then, in conjunction with those good looks, throw in bags of that vintage Ludwig tone and you get this winning set of tubs.
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