I just acquired a 1991 Rocker II kit. It's 6 ply, but I can't find what each ply is. 3 are maple. Incl. the purple painted outer ply. Can anyone help? I just started a thread about this. Thanks for any info.There was a weird period between catalogs (88-94) where Ludwig seemed to be mixing parts. Those have the tom mounts, badge/vent hole placement, and metal bass drum hoops of the 1994 fully overseas-made Rockers with the lugs from the older Rocker/Standard model they made in Monroe from 1984 to about 1992.
How thick are the shells? The overseas 1994+ Rockers had thick 9-ply mystery wood shells. The Monroe-made Rockers had thin 4-ply maple/poplar shells.
The Monroe-made Rocker shells were 4-ply, like the pro line Super Classics at the time. That said, Ludwig would use whatever wood was in the stack, so some of the Rocker shells could look really rough under the wrap. I've unwrapped Rocker shells that looked beautiful, and I've unwrapped some that were shockingly terrible looking. It's a crap shoot, though in my experience (which is up to 12 Rocker drums) the Rocker I (with clear interiors) have tended to be a lot better looking on the outside though I've gotten pretty lucky with some Rocker II's (with the speckled paint interiors) too...Also, I heard that these shells were the same as the Classics at the time. Does anyone know anything about that? Please & thank you!!
These are overseas shells with the Pearl style tom mounts. I'm sure they would be fine. But they aren't the 6 ply M-P-M-P-P-M. And yes, the only common ground with Standards and Rockers are the lugs.They're Rockers, not Standards. Standards have a triangular badge, but the early Rockers had the same lugs as the standards. Definitely 1980s.