original Black Oyster Pearl
All finish seams on both drums
are factory 'flat and tight'.
Sizes; 9x13" Tom Tom,
14x22" Bass Drum.
Features; "Rail Consolett"
tom tom holder, (2) cymbal 'L' arm holders, both mounts are attached
but, one 'L' arm (left side) is missing.
NOTE; there is one small 'chip'
on the finish only, to the right of the Rail Consolett holder
and lug (study detail photo).
Both hoops are (metal) replacements.
Front bass hoop inlay is original/intact to this drum set. Rear
hoop is w/o inlay. All 20 hoop claws have much pitting on the
finish. Front 10 claws are engraved "WFL".
13" Tom Tom completely
original except for three tension rods.
Nickel/Brass rims, large "Classic"
lugs, round knob tone control and, Diamond plate tom tom holder.
Date stamp (faint) inside of
tom tom; Nov. 14, 1957.
Both drum shells are three
ply; Mahogany/Poplar/Mahogany with Maple reinforcing rings. Both
are 'in round', No extra holes and, Factory bearing edges. All
part & pieces are Nickel plated.
WFL (Ludwig Drum Co.) badge
This is a very rare 2pc set
of WFL Ludwig drums. The finish is the highly sought after Black
Oyster Pearl. This is absolutely the original, original Black
Oyster Pearl and, what Ringo would have seen and heard before
he bought his first set of Ludwig drums.
Aside from all the details
and history, these drums sound incredible! Produced when Ludwig
(and the rest of the industrious manufacturing USA) had a very
high level of quatilty control. The beautiful finish is still
vibrant with very little fade. This is a very rare find which
I hate to let go of.
Overall condition; Very Good
to Excellent Plus:
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