Ringo Starr’s Ludwig drum kit in Black Oyster Pearl finish is as iconic as the Yellow Submarine! When The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964, Ludwig encountered unprecedented demand for what became known as the ‘Ringo kit’. As the years go on, getting a genuine Ludwig kit from this era in original condition is quite challenging. Dan’s Beatlez kit is a genuine Ludwig made sometime during the ’60s that has been rewrapped at some stage to replicate its amazing original finish. Some of the lugs and hoops have been replaced due to rust. Vintage drums are an absolute pleasure to play and are just as great to listen to! Many drum companies now work tirelessly in attempt to recreate the sound and look of these wonderful kits.
In preparing the kit for The Beatlez shows, Dan installed a vintage Rail mount for the mounted tom, fitted a ‘bass drum anchor’, bought some flat based cymbal stands and finished off the front skin with a decal using the legendary ‘drop T’ Beatles font. Dan also uses the new Zildjian Avedis cymbals (which have been designed to sound like the very old Avedis cymbals!) and ProMark Hickory 5AL Ringo Starr signature drumsticks.