Wanting To Try To Setup A Ronnie Tutt Blue Sparkle Tribute Kit - HELP??

Tony Trout

Senior Member
#1
Hey, guys!

I don't post here much but I have run across a couple of people (actually three, besides the Man, himself, who have put together their own Ronnie Tutt tribute kits right down to the correct cymbal layout and the four concert toms that was on Ronnie's original set from the 1970s during the early days of Elvis's return to the road.

Two guys who have done this are Udo Masshoff & Brad Swiger from Germany and Texas, respectively. They're both killer drummers!

Even though I'm disabled (have been since birth), I would give or do just about anything to have a drum kit like that famous blue sparkle kit of RT's from Ludwig.

My question is: If I go directly through Ludwig (as Udo did!) to try and put a set together, exactly how much $$$ would I be looking at spending versus trying to find all of the stuff needed on EBay?

Another problem is that I will need/want a kind of soundproofed building to play them????

Any help with this at all would be very helpful and appreciated.
 
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Matt Bo Eder

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#2
Sounds like going to a dealer to buy new Ludwig drums in the color and sizes you want shouldn't be a problem, but it'll be the most expensive way. But, it will be a way to guarantee they're exactly what you want. Without knowing how many drums you're talking about, I couldn't guess a cost.

I will tell you when I bought a three piece Ludwig kit (Classic Maples, which is most likely what Ron Tutt used back then) new in 9x13/16x16/14x24 sizes, I spent about $1800 for those (I already had a snare drum). So that might help put you in the ballpark. But you'll still have to buy hardware and cymbals too.

Purchasing used on eBay (or elsewhere), will take time, and you won't really know if the colors will match, or what the actual condition is.

As for needing a soundproofed home, I say if you're neighbors are ok with you playing at certain times during the day, you might be ok. I don't have a sound proof room, and none of my neighbors complain.
 
#3
The issue I would see with buying used is just finding everything and like Bo Eder said, hoping they match.

As for noise, I have a 14x24, 9x13, 10x14, 16x18 kit that I play and haven't had any complaints. I just keep in mind when I play them.
 
#4
There are many small boutique custom builder guys like myself who could build that kit for you, and if not in a hurry could find everything used, probably era correct too. I am in Canada, so that is not the best, although the US dollar is killing right now, I think around 20%.
Jeff from Carolina Drums is near you, he just does snares but he may know someone who would love this project and is nearby so you can keep tabs on the progress.

If you want I can pass the request on to the builders forum I am on, if interested just PM your contact info.
 

Tony Trout

Senior Member
#7
There are many small boutique custom builder guys like myself who could build that kit for you, and if not in a hurry could find everything used, probably era correct too. I am in Canada, so that is not the best, although the US dollar is killing right now, I think around 20%.
Jeff from Carolina Drums is near you, he just does snares but he may know someone who would love this project and is nearby so you can keep tabs on the progress.

If you want I can pass the request on to the builders forum I am on, if interested just PM your contact info.

That would be awesome if you could do that for me!!

My real problem with putting together a set like that is finances since I'm disabled with Cerebral Palsy & Hydrocephalus. I do play in a band but - we don't gig that much (maybe twice a month - thrree at the most. I'm currently waiting on a custom-built guitar - a Clarence White replica Telecaster - to be finished before I head back to work with the band)
. Here's some more pictures of Udo Masshoff's kit which is what I'm going for as far as the set - except Ronnie had his Pang cymbal placed on the stand correctly - unlike Udo placing his upside down - Udo claims that it's "more musical" that way. I hope that these two pictures help as far as knowing what I'm wanting to do:
 

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