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Old 10-11-2017, 09:13 PM
d.w.zildjian d.w.zildjian is offline
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Default Vistalite bass drum seam question

I cracked the bass drum on my 1976 clear vistalite kit, serial number 1213847. I spent some time looking for a replacement and found one on ebay last week that was advertised as an early 70s with serial number 1198382. The drums looks very comparable except for two things that I wanted to run by people here-on the one that arrived today, two of the lugs are screwed right through the seam of the drum-on my other one there is no lug through the seam-is this normal? The other thing is on the one that arrived today the post mount screw on the drum is literally a screw, as opposed to a black knob I have on the other one-is this normal? My thanks in advance for any information......
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1967 Ludwig Psychedelic Red Downbeat Kit (all original)w/14 in floor tom
1976 Ludwig Clear Vistalite sit with swivel feet stands
2006 DW Collectors Kit (5 piece large sizes w/ matching snare)
Nov 3 1967 Ludwig chrome Supraphonic
Gretsch Catalina Maple set (6 piece with matching snare)
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1984 Tama Superstar Bell Brass Snare
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:08 AM
Tinman Tinman is offline
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Default Re: Vistalite bass drum seam question

I can say that my '73 Vistas came with a hex head bolt to tighten onto the tom holder post. It used the same t-wrench as the nuts on the tom brackets.
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:35 PM
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Default Re: Vistalite bass drum seam question

I have a set from 73-74 and 76 I will check what the seams look like and the t handle on the bass drum.
From what I can remember the black handle is later and they did move the seam location at a later time also.
The replacement is older and sounds correct.
My 73-74 set has the lugs on the seam and the hex screw.
Ludwig did change to black plastic t-handles on the bass drum at some point.
Just not sure when.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:46 PM
d.w.zildjian d.w.zildjian is offline
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Default Re: Vistalite bass drum seam question

Thanks for the info-didn't know quite what to make of it when I saw it-just seemed odd to see it both ways and structurally I wondered about having the lug in the seam.

The post hole seems a little different too.

Debating whether to change it out as I do like the knob as opposed to the screw and since I am not going to do anything with the cracked shell I have some spare parts inventory that I can either use to make the mod or sell......don't need two posts, two sets of claws, two sets of spurs, hoops, etc.

So glad I found a clear bass drum in excellent condition-cant wait to get back to playing them!
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1967 Ludwig Psychedelic Red Downbeat Kit (all original)w/14 in floor tom
1976 Ludwig Clear Vistalite sit with swivel feet stands
2006 DW Collectors Kit (5 piece large sizes w/ matching snare)
Nov 3 1967 Ludwig chrome Supraphonic
Gretsch Catalina Maple set (6 piece with matching snare)
20 Zildjians
1984 Tama Superstar Bell Brass Snare
DW 6.5x14 Copper snare

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