Vintage Ludwig Bonham kit restoration project finally finished!

PaiceFan

Senior Member
That Kit is absolutely stunning ! . And I'm sure it sounds incredible. You need a 24" 2002 or giant beat on that bass drum mounted cymbal arm. Please post another picture with hardware and cymbals please That Kit is just "HAMMER OF THE GODS"
 

cdrums21

Gold Member
That Kit is absolutely stunning ! . And I'm sure it sounds incredible. You need a 24" 2002 or giant beat on that bass drum mounted cymbal arm. Please post another picture with hardware and cymbals please That Kit is just "HAMMER OF THE GODS"
You're right, and a set of 2002 15" hats to boot! As soon as I get a few more things, I'll try to post a pic of the kit on a gig. Thanks for the compliments! By the way, I was/am a huge Ian Paice fan as well. I think he and Bonham are the rock drum gods of all time.
 

drumhead61

Gold Member
Cdrums...WOW that is an amazing effort in putting this kit together and more of an amazing look! Envy abounds at least in my heart over that gorgeous looking kit. A total superb effort looking kit that I am certain we all want to hear as well as see fully dressed up...thanks for the PORN of the year ;-)
 

drumhammerer

Silver Member
Freakin' awesome, man. Where did you get the wrap? Jammin Sam? What heads are you running on those bad boys? It's about time to re-wrap my 3 plies, and I think I just might go for the good ol' green sparkle.
 

Strangelove

Gold Member
Thanks for the compliments. The drums sound great. Very big and powerful. I have been a tuning fanatic for a long time (See my posts in the tom tuning thread starting with post #69), and I subscribe to the same bottom tighter method as Jeff Ocheltree explains. I have been tuning that way for years, way before I ever heard of Jeff Ocheltree. I like the roundness and tone you get by tuning that way. I tuned these drums the same way I always do and they didn't disappoint. They sound different than my yamahas do, and have different heads, so they take a little getting used to, but the tone and punch are there. I play paiste 2002 medium crashes anyway, an 18" and a 20", so I will probably be done with the project now.
I followed that thread, and really liked your tuning advice. I tuned my 10", 12", 14", and 16" according to your recommendations, starting with the 16" at C, and going in intervals of major 3rds, with resos at minor 3rds back from to my 10". While my 10" is almost sounding like a Roto-tom, the floor toms have never sounded better, now I can see how Bonham got that drum tone. Thanks.
 

cdrums21

Gold Member
Freakin' awesome, man. Where did you get the wrap? Jammin Sam? What heads are you running on those bad boys? It's about time to re-wrap my 3 plies, and I think I just might go for the good ol' green sparkle.
Thanks everyone. I got the wrap from Precision drum company in New York state. Great company and nice wrap. Green sparkle is one of those colors that looks alot cooler in person. It's a great vintage color and I'm quite happy with it. The heads are coated Remo emperors on batter side, coated ambassadors on resonant side, as per the Bonham kit video here on drummerworld.
 

cdrums21

Gold Member
I followed that thread, and really liked your tuning advice. I tuned my 10", 12", 14", and 16" according to your recommendations, starting with the 16" at C, and going in intervals of major 3rds, with resos at minor 3rds back from to my 10". While my 10" is almost sounding like a Roto-tom, the floor toms have never sounded better, now I can see how Bonham got that drum tone. Thanks.
I'm glad you had success with the tuning. You may just have to tweak the 10 and 12 to get the 10 to sound good on its own, and with the 12. You sound like you're on it man, good luck!
 

Mendozart

Platinum Member
cd21,
That is an awseome job of restoring those drums. Nice score on the toms. Are those the reproduction B/O badges that are sold on ebay? That really is a job well done, bravo!
 

cdrums21

Gold Member
cd21,
That is an awseome job of restoring those drums. Nice score on the toms. Are those the reproduction B/O badges that are sold on ebay? That really is a job well done, bravo!
Thanks man. Yes, they are the reproduction badges sold on ebay by a guy named "myoldkentuckydrums". The drums turned out so well that the original badges looked out of place on them. So with a little help from my friends here on DW, I was able to locate the guy who sells the reproduction badges. They're really nice, just no serial number.
 

Crydevil

Senior Member
Three words: Oh My God !

What a beauty !!!
I have a Bonham sized GS Ludwig myself, but the fact that yours is vintage makes it sweeter :D.
I wish I had that 14" Tom with 12 lugs in total (like yours) instead of 16 (like mine), because I think it looks sweeter. And I don't think they still make those mufflers on the toms anymore, which are also very vintage :D.

Great job man!

Greets !
Crydevil
 
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fusssion

Guest
WOW!!!!

Great job CDrums!!

2 questions:
1) How much was your covering from Precision??
2) Why did you change the spurs to the heavier ones? That's the only thing that's not "correct" on the kit. No disrespect mind you, ...just something I noticed
 

cdrums21

Gold Member
WOW!!!!

Great job CDrums!!

2 questions:
1) How much was your covering from Precision??
2) Why did you change the spurs to the heavier ones? That's the only thing that's not "correct" on the kit. No disrespect mind you, ...just something I noticed
Very observant my friend! To answer your questions....
I think the covering was around $325 total including tax, shipping and 1/2 gallon of adhesive for all 4 drums and bass drum inlay.

I was able to obtain some real nice 3/8" spurs and mounts, but the ones I had on the kit originally showed some signs of wear that I felt may happen easily again to the newer ones I had since they weren't real heavy duty to take the pounding and weight of the big kick drum. So, I thought that the 1/2" spurs would be a better choice... they looked almost the same and gave me a bit more piece of mind. I know what you mean about not being "correct" but I'm OK with it considering I think it will prolong the life and look of the spurs.
 

cdrums21

Gold Member
Three words: Oh My God !

What a beauty !!!
I have a Bonham sized GS Ludwig myself, but the fact that yours is vintage makes it sweeter :D.
I wish I had that 14" Tom with 12 lugs in total (like yours) instead of 16 (like mine), because I think it looks sweeter. And I don't think they still make those mufflers on the toms anymore, which are also very vintage :D.

Great job man!

Greets !
Crydevil
Thanks for the compliments my friend. You can purchase the mufflers from Ludwig, as well as classic lugs, mounts, floor tom legs and more. They have reissued them for the purpose of restoring vintage kits. That's what I did, alot of that hardware is newer since I got some of the shells without any lugs or rims. I kept what was in good condition, so it's about 50/50 new vs.vintage parts. I had to find a vintage rail consolette though, they don't make that anymore. I debated on whether or not to plug the holes in the toms where the mufflers go because I don't use them and never will. But, for authenticity's sake, I thought it would be cooler and look cooler to have them installed.
 
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fusssion

Guest
Very observant my friend! To answer your questions....
I think the covering was around $325 total including tax, shipping and 1/2 gallon of adhesive for all 4 drums and bass drum inlay.
I'm glad you took it the right way, ...it was purely an observation! Personally, I like the 1/2" spur look WAAYYY better!! :)

I was able to obtain some real nice 3/8" spurs and mounts, but the ones I had on the kit originally showed some signs of wear that I felt may happen easily again to the newer ones I had since they weren't real heavy duty to take the pounding and weight of the big kick drum. So, I thought that the 1/2" spurs would be a better choice... they looked almost the same and gave me a bit more piece of mind. I know what you mean about not being "correct" but I'm OK with it considering I think it will prolong the life and look of the spurs.
Agreed!! NICE JOB !!!!
 

Crydevil

Senior Member
Thanks for the compliments my friend. You can purchase the mufflers from Ludwig, as well as classic lugs, mounts, floor tom legs and more. They have reissued them for the purpose of restoring vintage kits. That's what I did, alot of that hardware is newer since I got some of the shells without any lugs or rims. I kept what was in good condition, so it's about 50/50 new vs.vintage parts. I had to find a vintage rail consolette though, they don't make that anymore. I debated on whether or not to plug the holes in the toms where the mufflers go because I don't use them and never will. But, for authenticity's sake, I thought it would be cooler and look cooler to have them installed.
No problem, the kit looks fantastic :D !
Yeah, mine is pretty much the same, except for the mufflers on the toms & the 12 lug version of the 14" tom :). If I had known they reissued the mufflers, I probably would have taken them, because I think they look vintage & awesome... :)

But I do have one little question :D. Where did you get those bassdrum hoops with the GS inlays, that actually fit the curve of the T-Rod Claws?
Because my hoops are new hoops (2008) and they are a little too thick to perfectly fit those old Claws, and so I'm afraid the Claws might bend when I tension my head a little too hard... If they are the ones from the initial black kit you had in the beginning, I'm gonna have to search eBay for some thinner vintage hoops ^^...

And again, very nice job :) !

Greets !
Crydevil
 

cdrums21

Gold Member
No problem, the kit looks fantastic :D !
Yeah, mine is pretty much the same, except for the mufflers on the toms & the 12 lug version of the 14" tom :). If I had known they reissued the mufflers, I probably would have taken them, because I think they look vintage & awesome... :)

But I do have one little question :D. Where did you get those bassdrum hoops with the GS inlays, that actually fit the curve of the T-Rod Claws?
Because my hoops are new hoops (2008) and they are a little too thick to perfectly fit those old Claws, and so I'm afraid the Claws might bend when I tension my head a little too hard... If they are the ones from the initial black kit you had in the beginning, I'm gonna have to search eBay for some thinner vintage hoops ^^...

And again, very nice job :) !

Greets !
Crydevil
I had one hoop from the original kit, and it was nice, but I couldn't find another one. So, I contacted the guy I mentioned in the original thread, Jack Lawton of Lawton drum company (who specializes in vintage Ludwig restorations) and asked him about it. He actually makes the hoops and made me two that are identical to the vintage hoops. They were $90 a piece, but I thought well worth it considering I couldn't find any vintage ones and the new ones like you say, don't quite fit right.
 

Crydevil

Senior Member
I had one hoop from the original kit, and it was nice, but I couldn't find another one. So, I contacted the guy I mentioned in the original thread, Jack Lawton of Lawton drum company (who specializes in vintage Ludwig restorations) and asked him about it. He actually makes the hoops and made me two that are identical to the vintage hoops. They were $90 a piece, but I thought well worth it considering I couldn't find any vintage ones and the new ones like you say, don't quite fit right.
Wow, that rocks man :D.
He's done his job very well, they look amazing on that awesome bassdrum ! :)

Do you think he could be able to make some more?

Greets !
Crydevil
 

Pass.of.E.r.a.

Gold Member
wow that kit's incredible!! the finish is so gorgeous, i can't stop staring........

I am truly envious, and at the same time excited for you! hope you have a blast on your new kit!

-Jonathan
 
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