No thanks, I don't want to customize this item
Enter customization text in the field below.
Adding item(s) to basket...
A super tidy, player's SBP... don't mind if we do!
Ain't she a beaut! Sky Blue Pearls ain't that common, especially ones this tidy! And when it come to the sound... These drums sing so clearly, these are keepers! Surprisingly, these tubs thud too. Normally these old Luddies do one or the other, while retaining that classic tone. However, these toms do both! Boxy and thuddy when tuned low but hit that sweet spot and they boom-out like the best of them. Then the kick, with all that rumble, what's not to like!? Sky Blue Pearl ain't one of those finishes that one can point to like White Marine Pearl, Buddy Rich, or, Silver Sparkle, Joe Morello but it is every bit as pretty. The photo's don't quite do this kit justice. Wonderful pearlescent wrap, all original, factory kit, 1968, great condition with that famous sound. We're on to a winner. ADC Adam always goes on about bearing edges when it comes to drum kit sounds. When we get one of these kits in, '60s, with tidy, original, rounded bearing edges - it is worth noting that they tend to sound bloody fantastic. That's what you're looking at hear.
All this being said, it may surprise to know that we'd put this kit in the 'player' category, in terms of it's condition. Albeit, a damn tidy player's kit! Yes, the wraps hue exhibits very little discolouration. Yes, there's almost no gigwear to speak of. Yes, this is a factory outfit. But, two details detract from the collector's status that the condition would otherwise infer. The consolette rail has been removed and a centre post mount added. And, the shell interiors have been repainted, although we can tell that they originally were factory egg-shelled. That's it though. Original wrap, original dampers intact, original legs, lovely smooth bearing edges, all boxes ticked! So obviously, when you stand in front of these drums, alls you can think is, 'damn that's tidy!' Considering the various features and build of these drums, they sit firmly in 1968. Beautiful tubs.
Rack Tom – Great condition. As mentioned above, there's nothing actually worth mentioning here. The badge is a little mucky but overall, this drum is tidy. Lovely smooth bearing edges, repainted interior, smooth 'Baseball Bat Damper', fairly clear lapping, no visible stamp. Serial number #563211. Great drum.
Floor Tom – Great condition again. Very much the same as the rack tom. Repainted interior but original wrap, smooth bearing edges again, etc.. Original smooth damper, clear lapping, serial number #567280. No visible date stamp. Another lovely drum.
Bass Drum – Great condition again. The hoops appears to have been touched up with a lick of pain and the inlays have a little damage but are intact. Slight discolouration on the batter hoop inlay. As mentioned above, the consolette rail has been removed and the holes filled. A period-correct centre tom post has been added. This has all been done well. Again, the interior has been repainted. The odd scuff to the metal-work and worn feet on the spurs rounds off the comments that can be made about this kit. After that, again, this drum is tidy. Clear lapping, no visible date stamp, original spurs, etc.. Serial number #563650. So all in all, we have another killer drum. Tidy bearing edges – ready to rumble!
This ain't that common a finish. That classic look, coupled with the condition, makes this outfit a real head-turner. But, the thing that'll make heads spin, is the sound. Some people are dubious about these old drums and what they can do. However, listen to any music with a drum kit in it. Old school or modern. Most of the time it's an old set of Luddies kick'n out of the rhythm section.
Non-UK buyers, please contact us for shipping and payment options.