The “Black Oyster” finish was first seen on Ludwig drums in the 1960’s. However, the finish really did not gain universal popularity until Ringo Starr of the Beatles played his Ludwig drums (covered in “black oyster pearl”) on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964. Our “Black Oyster Pearl” drum wrap has been very popular with the “Beatle Mania” drummers, as well as those who just want that nostalgic look. This finish has been referred to as the “bowling ball pearl”, and has actually changed appearance over the years by the manufacturer. Our “Black Oyster Pearl” has been created to resemble the larger pattern of the 1960’s, with the brilliant colors that “Beatle” tribute bands seek after.
In the manufacturing process, we teamed up with the original US manufacturer to create this finish at 30 mil thick (30/1000 of an inch) to increases it’s durability and longevity. The pattern resembles the sought after, slightly wider pattern of the 60’s plus a deeper, more 3-D appearance- and the look of the 60’s black oyster. Also, the original finish had a “5% shrinkage factor” which could even shrink further, thus contributing to the future splitting of the wrap, and/or the seam pulling up. The shrink factor problem has been overcome by the factory in our Black Oyster Pearl.
Our Black Oyster Pearl is one incredible looking finish!- which to our knowledge is only available through us. If you will like to join in the excitement of the having a custom cut piece of history, just give us a call.