It’s Vintage: Restoring a Ludwig Drum Set
Brian Travelsted in our repair shop recently restored a Ludwig drum set. Below he tells the steps he had to go through to bring this great instrument back to life.
Every once in a while we will get a call from a customer that is somewhat out of the ordinary. I recently visited a local summer camp that had a few drum sets that were in need of some work. When I arrived to inspect the drums I was able to piece back together two drum sets that needed new heads and cleaned. I was not expecting to find a vintage set of drums. The 1967 Ludwig Club Date that I found had all the original parts except for the cymbal arm and a hoop on the mounted tom. While I knew it would be a challenge, I was determined to make these drums look and sound great again. Below is a basic breakdown of the steps taken to get the drums back into excellent condition.