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Ludwig 1965 Drum Kit – Before

My dad had this drum kit sitting in his garage. He told me I could have it years ago but I always fly home and have been unable to bring it back with me. Plus, I don’t really have a place to put it. Well, I managed to solve both of those problems by making a drive down to Los Angeles and by having a friend who is a musician and who also just happens to have space for such a drum kit to live. It’s a 1965 Ludwig kit and I’m not entirely sure but I think it’s a Downbeat (black diamond pearl finish) with a Supraphonic snare drum. I took the last week and did my best to restore this kit so that it can be played again, as it should be. Anyway, here are the “before” pictures and I’ll post the “after” pictures next week. It is with a heavy heart that I must admit that as a teenager, I destroyed the original bass drum pedal. That, one bass drum rim and the hi-hat stand are all that keeps this set from being wholly original. Maybe in time, I’ll save up and make it whole again.

snare stripped

I stripped all the drums down to the shells.

ludwig dirty


ludwig snare


ludwig rusty

So rusty!

ludwig dusty


ludwig tom head

One of the drums still had it’s original head!

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