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Old 03-18-2010, 11:51 AM
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ok I am asking on this site because you guys know what's up. I am looking for a cowbell that has a sound close or exact to the sound that ringo got on so many beatles songs. Reason being I play in a beatles tribute band and we need that cowbell sound with out Will Ferrell. For example, you can't do that, hard days night and so. I know that cowbells come in many sizes and materials. I have tried to research this topic with no luck at all. Maybe someone knows and can tell me before I drive the guy at guitar center crazy hitting every cowbell in the place. Thanks again.
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:40 PM
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Default Re: cowbell for beatles songs

In the 'old days', there were very few cowbell options. Drum companies had one cowbell - occasionally two - in their catalog, and that was pretty much it. The Latin-style cowbells weren't as prevalent or readily-available as they became starting in the '70s, and that's the cowbell needed to do the SNL gag properly, look- and sound-wise.

But back to The Beatles... chances are, Ringo being such a Ludwig fan, it would have been a basic gold Ludwig cowbell (also used on Honky Tonk Woman, I believe.) Legend has it they were made by Paiste, and they're highly desirable and usually command big bucks on ebay. I don't think there's a modern substitute.

It's a wonderful, classic, iconic sound though, I keep two on hand.

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Old 03-18-2010, 11:52 PM
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ok thanks for the info, there are just so many types and sizes it's crazy. I will probably just have to go to guitar center and look for that cowbell that sounds close.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:02 PM
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Default Re: cowbell for beatles songs

Here are a couple Ludwig Cowbells on eBay now.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Original-1960s-L...item20b00f0e4a

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-LUDWIG-C...item3a58d0bf9f

http://cgi.ebay.com/60s-Ludwig-cowbe...item4a9f7b8983

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Old 03-22-2010, 11:56 PM
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I'll bet money Jimmy Miller played a Cha-Cha bell on the studio release of 'Honky Tonk Woman'.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:12 PM
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Default Re: cowbell for beatles songs

The small LP Chrome bell sounds like that too.

It might be a Cha-Cha bell, but I can't remember what the model name was (bought it a few years ago).
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:41 AM
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All Cha-Cha's are slightly different on the bottom note, its the high attack note that's similar.

No doubt Miller had it in his hand, or was at least holding it.
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