Part one of this project is chronicled here for reference. Separately, the 688-stamped Ludwig Super-Sensitive snare drum that came with this Ludwig Classic kit is chronicled here. The SS snare is now sold and in a happy home on the left coast in California, far from its right coast restoration.
So let's recap briefly: the drum set came out of a church locker room shower in Charleston. The locker room shower was being used as storage. Needless to say, it was a little gnarly and in need of a lot of love. The original wrap, I believe, was Arctic Frost. However, as I got into the restoration, I believe the full 7-piece kit was pulled together under two possible scenarios:
As I got into the wrap removal, it was clear the 14 and 24" drum wraps were a superior wrap. It was noticeably thicker than the other toms' wrap and it retained its original "whiteness." The other toms had weathered and yellowed badly, very badly, from their original color. It was for this reason that I decided to do a full kit rewrap on all 7 pieces.
A few notes of commentary on the wrap and, in general, some observations about the Ludwig Classic 6-ply drums from the mid-80s:
This 7-piece Ludwig Classic drum set is now an absolutely stunning kit with amazing tone, clarity and punch. It has all of the original Ludwig Classic hardware, original Modular mounts, original badges, rims, tension rods etc. And while it came out of a church gym locker room shower (aka storage), you'd never know it today. This is a classic, on the verge of vintage, collector's grade kit. It's also available for purchase. Please email me for more details. I hope you enjoy more before and after photos in the gallery below (about 55 photos in total).
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