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Old 10-15-2019, 11:28 PM
Mike Curotto Mike Curotto is offline
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Default [B]1939 WFL 7 x 14 TWO-TONE (BDP/ROSE/BDP) TWIN SENSITIVE HOLLYWOOD SWING MODEL [/B]

Hi,
I got this one off of Reverb. This drum has been around for a while and the owner worked with me on an even lower price. WFL two-tone pearl drums are pretty scarce so this was a good drum to add to the collection.

1939 WFL 7 x 14 TWO-TONE (BDP/ROSE/BDP) TWIN SENSITIVE HOLLYWOOD SWING MODEL


THE SHELL:
The two-tone pearl finish is in pretty good condition but there are a few divots here and there in the finish. I was able to remove a few layers of schmutz via my usual cleaning/polishing regimen. The inside is clean with a tight badge and grommet. There were a few undisclosed gremlins that I had to deal with... 1. Some “brainiac” of yesteryear decided – for reasons unknown to me -- that an extra hole and a bolt would be perfect for the left side of the butt plate. My only guess is that maybe there was a heater/light bulb attachment there at some point in time. I dug into my vintage heater/light bulb parts bag and rigged up a more presentable and justifiable solution... 2. There were 2 extra holes right between where the twin strainers are attached; a factory error? Fortunately the extra holes filled in nicely with some mahogany filler and are covered internally by the attachment washers... 3. One of the strainers needed a pin instead of the metal wire that was holding it in place. This was an easy fix for my machinist and the official “saver of vintage parts”, Abe Abello. The seller was easy to work with and made a fair adjustment to the original price.

THE HARDWARE:
The nob hardware is all original but needed a good cleaning and polishing. The 16 staggered lugs are kind of in between the WFL Zephyr and WFL Imperial lugs. Notice how WFL had to modify the lug directly above the twin strainers as compared to the other lugs. I also have a WMP version of this drum with the same lug situation. A word of caution about these lugs. Be careful when you unscrew them from the shell as the internal spring is just wedged in there and will pop out and go flying across your workbench.

Of-the-era WFL top and bottom heads rounded out this cleaning/restoration.

Enjoy!

Mike Curotto
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:30 PM
Mike Curotto Mike Curotto is offline
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Default Re: [B]1939 WFL 7 x 14 TWO-TONE (BDP/ROSE/BDP) TWIN SENSITIVE HOLLYWOOD SWING MODEL [

Five more...

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Old 10-15-2019, 11:46 PM
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Default Re: [B]1939 WFL 7 x 14 TWO-TONE (BDP/ROSE/BDP) TWIN SENSITIVE HOLLYWOOD SWING MODEL [

Mike, I have always wondered how Ludwig was able to do two-tone pearl finishes like this. I have seen other examples, including blue with white going through the middle. How did they accomplish this?
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Old 10-16-2019, 02:49 AM
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Mike, I have always wondered how Ludwig was able to do two-tone pearl finishes like this. I have seen other examples, including blue with white going through the middle. How did they accomplish this?
I read somewhere that the center section was painted...?....But don't quote me on that.

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Old 10-16-2019, 08:31 AM
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Cool Re: [B]1939 WFL 7 x 14 TWO-TONE (BDP/ROSE/BDP) TWIN SENSITIVE HOLLYWOOD SWING MODEL [

Very cool looking wrap!! Nice addition to the collection!!

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Old 10-16-2019, 10:56 AM
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Default Re: [B]1939 WFL 7 x 14 TWO-TONE (BDP/ROSE/BDP) TWIN SENSITIVE HOLLYWOOD SWING MODEL [

I have been under the impression that the "pearl" finish is printed on an opaque white ply . A transparent top ply is laminated over the "pearl" patterned bottom ply. That transparent top ply is tinted with one or more colors on the side that lays on top of the bottom ply. I believe that the recent Ludwig "Salesman's Sample" drums use this technique to have several bands of colors with solid black lines separating the colors from each other. This multicolored transparent top ply is laminated over Silver foil particles laying on top of an opaque bottom ply.
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:06 PM
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Default Re: [B]1939 WFL 7 x 14 TWO-TONE (BDP/ROSE/BDP) TWIN SENSITIVE HOLLYWOOD SWING MODEL [

Mike, this is a great-looking drum. I've never seen a bdp/rose wrap before. As far as the pearl wraps go, I separated the layers on some bdp that i stripped from a shell; it was years ago, so i don't remember it all, but pretty sure there were 3 layers, the top one being a translucent piece with the 'pearl' pattern on it. I think the inner layer was white like leedybdp sadi, & the middle layer must have been a dark gray/black layer.........marko
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:34 PM
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What a beauty - congrats and enjoy!
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