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Photo of Ted McDowell's Ludwig drumset with Vintage Black Diamond Pearl drum wrap (1)
Photo of Ted McDowell's Ludwig drumset with Vintage Black Diamond Pearl drum wrap (2)
Photo of Ted McDowell's Ludwig drumset with Vintage Black Diamond Pearl drum wrap (3)

Picture sent in (October 2014) by Ted McDowell from Avalon, California of his Ludwig drum set. Outstanding Ted!

Ted writes:
This is my 1965 Ludwig super classic refinished in your Vintage black diamond pearl. As you can see she turned out beautifully. Better than I had hoped for actually. I bought this kit in 1988 when they were fairly common and cheep. I have owned 3 others myself and man I wish I still had them. But, oh well.

What drew me to this one though was the snare drum.It wasn’t the usual Jazz festival but what I thought at the time to be a ’68 or ’69 School festival.What I discovered during refinishing though leads me to believe that it may be a Ray McKinley model from the late fifties. I think a previous owner tried to modernize it for some reason. Still something of a mystery. But enough history.

The refinishing of the kit wasn’t all that difficult thanks to your instructions and especially your personal help over the phone. The actual wrap installation was probably the easiest part. The difficult and by far the most stressful part was stripping the old faded, scratched and yellowing WMP wrap off. By the way, old sixties wraps will catch on fire.

After much sanding, filling and more sanding, plugging all the mounting holes,truing the bearing edges, painting the insides and bass hoops. She was ready to go. The most tedious part by the way was polishing all that chrome.

I think it was all worth it though, she looks and plays like new. I love my “new” kit and have gotten nothing but compliments on the BDP wrap. My drums will turn 50 next year and I see no reason why they won’t be around looking and sounding good for another 50.
Thank you Sam, Ted McDowell

P.S. To all the vintage drum collectors out there. This kit was and always will be a working set. Drums are meant to be played not put on a shelf. Just my opinion.


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