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Old 07-09-2014, 02:15 AM
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Some of you may remember that earlier this year I restored a set of 1977 Ludwig Big Beats that belonged to my father. I came across these pictures today and realized I never really posted any pictures of the final product under the stage lights. This is from a gig in January.

Also pictured with the kit is a 1980's Ludwig Acrolite snare that I aquired at Christmas.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:26 AM
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Very Nice!!

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Old 07-09-2014, 02:56 AM
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Classic trap set. Job well done. I mean job well done!
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:26 PM
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Sweet, look clean and classy. isn't this the kit that you cleaned the wrap on to restore it?
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:26 AM
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Sweet, look clean and classy. isn't this the kit that you cleaned the wrap on to restore it?
Yes, I removed automotive paint that was painted on top of the wrap. It kept the silver sparkle well preserved, lol!
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A classic kit! Nice job on the restore. Might I suggest an old skool script logo head? That would just look nicer on your kit.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:46 AM
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A classic kit! Nice job on the restore. Might I suggest an old skool script logo head? That would just look nicer on your kit.
You know, when I commented on this thread yesterday I was going to mention the bass drum head because you (Bo) like the smaller logo on the front.

I didn't think you would say "script" logo, though!!

But, you're right.




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Old 07-10-2014, 03:01 AM
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You know, when I commented on this thread yesterday I was going to mention the bass drum head because you (Bo) like the smaller logo on the front.

I didn't think you would say "script" logo, though!!

But, you're right.




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Well, I like the script logo too, and it looks like a match when the badges are the older keystone ones. If he has the blue/olive badges, then I'd be suggesting a smaller modular logo. Can you tell I've studied the Ludwig catalogs from 1973 to 1980?
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:07 AM
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I personally prefer the look of the script logo. However, I was trying to stay true to what the original drumhead would have been for these drums.... And I cannot find a head with the smaller modular logo...
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:16 AM
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I personally prefer the look of the script logo. However, I was trying to stay true to what the original drumhead would have been for these drums.... And I cannot find a head with the smaller modular logo...
I found a guy on eBay who sells vinyl replica stickers, and I bought a bunch of Ludwig modular ones sizes 1.25" x 6" and apply them myself to smooth white emperors. I use Cutex nail polish with acetone to take off the remo logo. I think the ebay guy's seller ID is bodo. He does great work!

If you really wanted to go retro, you should get clear Ludwig heads for the resos, and silver dots for the batters. That's how that kit would've appeared in the 1980 catalog. But that was when they went to the bigger 1/2" curved spurs. So white heads for your era will work.
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:19 AM
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I found a guy on eBay who sells vinyl replica stickers, and I bought a bunch of Ludwig modular ones sizes 1.25" x 6" and apply them myself to smooth white emperors. I use Cutex nail polish with acetone to take off the remo logo. I think the ebay guy's seller ID is bodo. He does great work!

If you really wanted to go retro, you should get clear Ludwig heads for the resos, and silver dots for the batters. That's how that kit would've appeared in the 1980 catalog. But that was when they went to the bigger 1/2" curved spurs. So white heads for your era will work.
Cool... Thanks for the info!
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:21 AM
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Cool... Thanks for the info!
Anytime! I encourage looking like the catalog ;)
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:34 AM
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Beautiful kit sir! Attached is my earlier 70's Big Beat. 3 ply, clear interior. 12, 13, 16, 22. This photo is with the 13" tom. I absolutely love them!
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