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Old 04-22-2013, 06:00 PM
ludwigclassic2012 ludwigclassic2012 is offline
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Greetings to all fellow drummers!

Newbie here to Vintage Drum Forum, but certainly not a newbie to drumming.
I'm hoping to find some Gretsch Aficionados out here in cyber space.
I recently attended a drum show (CT Drum show, great show BTW) and acquired my first Gretsch set. I have a penchant for large drums and this kit immediately grabbed my eye. What I do know is I have a '77 big band kit 24,14,18. The kit also had a matching 13 tom. The 13 tom is a square badge and from research, it is from about 1980. Enough blabbing, here is my question:
The 18 floor is a 4 leg tom. This at first blew my mind since, being a luddy nut, I never knew they existed. Research in the 77 Gretsch catalog shows only 3 leg floors. Looking at the serial numbers , it appears this is a factory build. How rare was the 18 4 leg toms in 77? I cant seem to find any info on them. If anyone has info on this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advanced, and I will post some pics in the future...
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:23 PM
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on an 18" drum they are factory with 4 legs, my 16x18" has four legs on it. My kit is a 1981
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:24 PM
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I saw that kit- it is in realy nice condition.

The big floor toms did have four legs. As to when they stopped or started, that will have to come from a Gretsch person for sure, but I have seen the four-legged floor tom before!
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:56 PM
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Greetings to all fellow drummers!

Newbie here to Vintage Drum Forum, but certainly not a newbie to drumming.
I'm hoping to find some Gretsch Aficionados out here in cyber space.
I recently attended a drum show (CT Drum show, great show BTW) and acquired my first Gretsch set. I have a penchant for large drums and this kit immediately grabbed my eye. What I do know is I have a '77 big band kit 24,14,18. The kit also had a matching 13 tom. The 13 tom is a square badge and from research, it is from about 1980. Enough blabbing, here is my question:
The 18 floor is a 4 leg tom. This at first blew my mind since, being a luddy nut, I never knew they existed. Research in the 77 Gretsch catalog shows only 3 leg floors. Looking at the serial numbers , it appears this is a factory build. How rare was the 18 4 leg toms in 77? I cant seem to find any info on them. If anyone has info on this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advanced, and I will post some pics in the future...
to the Forum! I too love the Larger size drums, Can you post some pictures of your kits?
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:31 PM
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Thanks Vintagemore for the info! Looking at the 77 catalog on the big band kit the pic shows a 3 leg Tom so I was a wee bit confused. And here I thought I found the ever elusive unicorn!

Thanks Jim as well. Yeah great show, as soon as I saw this kit I was hooked. I made a fair offer and he even threw in a set of cases , very pleased with the kit
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Rocking with the following:
'72 Ludwig Mahogany 24,28 "Virgin" Kicks, 14, 16.
'76-77 Premier Super Olympic (the real deal "blue badges"), Polychromatic Blue, 22,13,14,16
'89 Ludwig Rockers "The Beast" 24,12,13,14,15,16,18
'70's Ludwig Vistalites dual 22's, 13,14,15,16,20
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:38 PM
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to the Forum! I too love the Larger size drums, Can you post some pictures of your kits?
Thanks Slingalud.. Most definitely will post pics
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A wise man once said " Drummers do it with rhythm"
Rocking with the following:
'72 Ludwig Mahogany 24,28 "Virgin" Kicks, 14, 16.
'76-77 Premier Super Olympic (the real deal "blue badges"), Polychromatic Blue, 22,13,14,16
'89 Ludwig Rockers "The Beast" 24,12,13,14,15,16,18
'70's Ludwig Vistalites dual 22's, 13,14,15,16,20
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:54 PM
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Greetings to all fellow drummers!

Newbie here to Vintage Drum Forum, but certainly not a newbie to drumming.
I'm hoping to find some Gretsch Aficionados out here in cyber space.
I recently attended a drum show (CT Drum show, great show BTW) and acquired my first Gretsch set. I have a penchant for large drums and this kit immediately grabbed my eye.
Did you also see the big walnut wrap Ludwig? ...big as in 28/15/18/20"!
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:47 AM
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You couldn't miss that big Ludwig kit! It takes up the space of two kits!!

It was offered here first, and it certainly makes an impression!
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Red Ripple '70's Yamaha D-20 20b-12-14f
Piano Black Yamaha Recording Custom Be-Bop kit 18b-10-14f
Snares:
Yamaha COS SDM5; Yamaha Cobalt Blue RC 5-1/2x14; Gretsch round badge WMP; 1972 Ludwig Acrolite; 1978 Ludwig Super Sensitive; Cobalt Blue one-off Montineri; Yamaha Musashi 6.5X13 Oak; cheap 3.5X13 brass piccolo
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:14 PM
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My mid-70's 18 incher has 4 legs, as well. Love the eighteens; bass drums with legs.

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