Nice to see a kit cared for and looked after from the start . very classy ----no snare?
Hi, no sorry I purchased my beloved 1964 Ludwig supraphonic 400 NEW and gave away the original wooden snare to my guitarist's son who was showing interest in playing drums at the age of 6yrs, but regretted it ever since, but the luddy really does sing all day long & now sports all the pitting as they all did then and would never ever part company with. My theory is when they made this kit (1963 stamped inside) the Maple was slow grown then unlike today's timber fast grown. As each year passes the kit sounds better and every few years I give the inside of the shells a light coating of Danish oil if only to keep out the moisture. The Kit is my baby and like most of my things, have taken care of her.
What a gorgeous kit! I'm sure they sing, but oh, if they could talk...
Hi, thanks for the nice comments , its hard to put into words how this kit along with my Luddy 400 sounds but playing a top gig it just gives off this special kind of ring/ resonance that you just don't get with any other kit I have played over the decades and is totally unique and just put it down to the old maple shells. They will be given a chance to talk via my forthcoming book " The Most famous Unknown Band "
Hi, Thanks for the nice comments, as for the tom mount, the answer is No it is not the original Tom mount as I found early on after buying the kit (1963) that I could never achieve a comfortable set up with the 13" tom, the original conselette rail tom holder was very limiting ,so when the " Setomatic " holder was introduced I upgraded. But now I have moved on further still and the kit now sports a " Rims" system with Yamaha YESS holders & bass drum tom mount to suit as I thought I owed it to the kit to get the most resonance from it. It meant of course redrilling the bass drum shell a little but the wood shavings that were produced from the new holes were crushed & mixed with a neutral colour wood glue , and then used to refill the original holes. I blind man would love to see them. For the pureists this is a negative ordeal, but for me, and as a pro player all my life it was more importnt to have the kit as " A players kit " and not a show kit, hope you agree. I have also reinforced the Yamaha bass drum tom mount inside the bass drum shell with a stainless steel plate to help spread to forces & possible deflection on the thin ply shell. The Yamaha YESS system has added an extra fair amount of sustain to the toms and in my opinion " Sings even more " than it did before. Its also pleasing to see & hear the kit every bit as good as any top line modern kit ( DW ) for power, tone & resonance taking into account to toms are regular sizes and NOT power sizes. I'm now more than happy to take the kit any where in the world knowing that it will more than do the job asked of it and more.