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Old 11-03-2007, 07:45 AM
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Hi all...

I haven't posted much here but I'd like to know if anyone knows the specs on the blue sparkle Ludwig drum set that Ronnie Tutt used for a few years when he was with Elvis Presley as his drummer? This is my favorite set of drums he played and I'd like to try to acquire the same type of setup.

Any info would be appreciated...

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Old 05-11-2008, 04:56 AM
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I think the basses were 24x14.

The Chrome-over-wood drumkit he got after that one in mid-1974 was the same specs, but this one had four rack toms rather than two.
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I think the basses were 24x14.

The Chrome-over-wood drumkit he got after that one in mid-1974 was the same specs, but this one had four rack toms rather than two.

thanks. What about his cymbals? What brand did he use? Did he use the same during his entire career with Elvis?

(I'm a big Elvis fan as well as being a huge fan of Ronnie's--he's the best, IMO!)
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More than likely he used Zildjians in the 1970's, he started using Paiste cymbals in October 1982, according to the Paiste site. Liked how he had all his crashes and ride all on his right, and a lone china cymbal to the left, over his concert toms and hi-hat. If you watch "Elvis on Tour" or the "Aloha" TV special after a rather explosive break or at the end of a powerful song he smacks that cymbal like crazy, it's awesome!
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BTW, happened to come across this picture, of Ronnie playing a blue sparkle Ludwig in 1970. Don't know if it was the same kit seen in 1972-1973. Is it just me, or is he playing two different sized basses, ala Ginger Baker? One appears to be a 24', the other a 22' . Also notice he has no baffling in the basses and no concert toms here...



notice the different style legs on the bass drums... one has curved legs, the other straight.

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Old 05-13-2008, 01:23 AM
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BTW, happened to come across this picture, of Ronnie playing a blue sparkle Ludwig in 1970. Don't know if it was the same kit seen in 1972-1973. Is it just me, or is he playing two different sized basses, ala Ginger Baker? One appears to be a 24', the other a 22' . Also notice he has no baffling in the basses and no concert toms here...



notice the different style legs on the bass drums... one has curved legs, the other straight.


The bass drums are the same size (whatever size that may be) and the legs are the same...the legs just appear different because of the angle that the photo was taken.
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Notice clear heads on his drums, and no resonant heads on his toms
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:29 AM
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Now back to the specs, i'd say his floor toms are both 16x16 and 18x16, his tom-toms would be 14x10 and 12x10, and concert toms would be 10, 8, 6, and 4
and lastly i'd say his snare is a 5x14. And previously mentioned the basses are 24x14 and he used Zildjian cymbals.

Now as for your personal preference,the stands and pedals can be your choice. If you wanted to, you could try to acquire a stand-alone Ludwig double tom mount like shown in the pictures as well, instead of mounting them on each bass drum.

I'd say you pretty much got your set now!

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That still looks to be the same set that he used in "Elvis On Tour" & "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii" and the bass drums look to be equal size.

He may have just possibly changed the drum heads....at least, that's my guess.
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Yep, you're right. Plus he put resonant heads back on his tom-toms as well.

As for what heads Ronnie used, I have neither the slightest idea what he used.

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Now back to the specs, i'd say his floor toms are both 16x16 and 18x16, his tom-toms would be 14x10 and 12x10, and concert toms would be 10, 8, 6, and 4
Ludwig made a 4" tom? What a little thing that must've been!
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Ludwig made a 4" tom? What a little thing that must've been!

Correction, they would have been more on the lines of 12', 10', 8', and 6'. Little brain fart on my part there... Now that I think of it as well his rack toms were 12' in depth, not 10.

Now coming across a search on the web, I found this picture that states this was Ronnie Tutt's blue sparkle kit (at least what's left of it). I really don't know if this was it or it's just some replica kit someone had.


It's at the Hard Rock Cafe on 57th Street in NYC.
http://www.hard-rock-cafe.de/html/ha...rk_57th_s.html

*Note, the blue sparkle Ludwig was the first Ludwig kit he played while with Elvis. For the summer 1970 Vegas shows he had a black Sonor double kick set, and for the "Elvis Comeback" July-August 1969 Vegas shows he had a gold sparkle Premier double kick kit.

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