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joez4000 05-12-2018 03:48 AM

Vintage Pearl Drum Identification
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Hello everyone! I was wondering if anyone here could enlighten me on what this drum kit is. The lady selling it said it was a vintage Pearl/Ludwig set but the only ďLudwigĒ thing she sent me as far as I could tell was the head. Does anyone know with confidence what this is and furthermore if itís worth anything? She wants $250 for it. I know itís a good deal, but if itís not an AMAZING deal then Iíd rather invest my money elsewhere.

Any help is highly appreciated!

idrum4fun 05-12-2018 10:58 AM

Re: Vintage Pearl Drum Identification
These are Pearl-made drums from the mid to late 60's. Looks like a combination of two kits. The shells are luan, also known as Philippine mahogany. Not the best wood, but can be made to sound pretty good. And, yes, the only thing "Ludwig" is that head! While it certainly is allot of drums, I don't think I'd pay $250 for them. Have you been able to inspect each drum? Remember, condition is everything. If they aren't missing any parts and just need to be cleaned up, offer about $175 and see what happens. Personally, I like to bring these MIJ kits back to life, provided I can get them for a good price!

Let us know how it turns out!


joez4000 05-12-2018 12:15 PM

Re: Vintage Pearl Drum Identification
Thank you for the information kind sir!

Chromeo 05-12-2018 11:58 PM

Re: Vintage Pearl Drum Identification
Tell her she has two kits and try buy one. Personally, I do prefer the one with the centre lugs and massive tension rods. It's kind of like a Club Date set. This reminds me - I recently bought a wrecked MIJ that I overpaid for. It's now sitting, collecting dust. Buy them if you can actually see yourself buying new heads for them and playing them. Heads are expensive and it begs the question - are these things worth spending all that money on? You know that if one of the tension rods goes missing / get's wrecked you can't just switch them out for modern ones. Those old MIJ drums used different size tension rods. I bought my kit for nostalgia reasons. I stated out play a MIJ kit, so I had to buy back my youth so to speak. I immediately got the buyers remorse. Really, these kits are shoddy at best. They might look cool on the outside, but have you ever seen inside the shells? Rusty screws and splintered vertical grain firewood is what you see. Save a bit more cash and buy a kit that's well made would be my advise.

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