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1972 

Ringo used his Maple kit at the Concert For Bangladesh

2005
Ringo Recording Choose Love

​Ludwig Drum Set w/ Hardware

A nice rear view of Ringo behind his Maple kit.

A nice rear view of Ringo behind his Maple kit.

Here's an interesting photo of Ringo's son, Zak, using the toms from the maple kit, post Beatles.

1971

Here's a rare photo of Mal Evans behind Ringo's maple kit on June 1, 1971. 
Ringo played on B.B. Kings "B.B. King In London" album.

1967 Ludwig Hollywood Maple kit

8"x12" - Tom (Keystone badge # 469170 / Black stamp date: MAR 24 1967)
9"x13" - Tom (Keystone badge # 464609 / Black stamp date: MAR 28 1967)
16"x16" - Floor Tom (Keystone badge # 466825 / Black Stamp Date: )
14"x22" - Bass Drum (Keystone badge # 470730 / Black stamp date: MAR 24 1967)

Hardware

Spurlock Direct Pull hi hat stand (Model 1123)
Buck Rogers snare stand (Model 1358)
Speed King bass drum pedal (Model 201)
Cymbal stands (Model 1400)
Dual Tom Floor Stand (Model 1345-1)

 Some interesting facts:

All toms have Chrome Over Brass (COB) rims
Cotton was found inside of the top lugs of the 16"x16" floor tom
A Drum City label was found inside of the bass drum shell. It is located at the top front next to the reinforcement ring

2013
Grammy Museum | Los Angeles, CA

Notice the calfskin bass drumhead

Here’s an interesting story that some of you may know

The Let It Be album / movie project was originally called Get Back. They, meaning The Beatles, wanted everything to be like it was in the beginning, very “NATURAL” and recorded live with minimal editing and post-production work. John apparently was adamant about this.


In early ’68, The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and a few friends, which included musician Donovan Leitch. There, Donovan shared a thought with John, Paul and George, telling them that a guitar sounded better without a heavy finish. After returning to London, during sessions for the self-titled White Album, both John Lennon and George Harrison sanded the finishes off their Casino model guitars. George said that once they’d removed the finish, they became much better guitars. “I think that works on a lot of guitars,” he explained. “If you take the paint and varnish off and get the bare wood, it seems to sort of breathe.” Paul followed suit by removing the finish from his Rickenbacker bass guitar. Because of this mindset, a natural maple drum kit was ordered for Ringo. The thought was that the oyster black pearl wrap on his current kit was restricting the sound of the drums. He received this drum set in late 1968 and it was used in part on The White Album (particular tracks have not been identified) and throughout the Let It Be and Abbey Road recording sessions. This drum kit can be seen in the movie Let It Be, including the famous rooftop concert atop of Apple headquarters.


I haven’t seen it offered in their brochures at that time. This maple kit was used in late 1968 according to the Beatles Gear book. I always wondered if the kit came with calfskin heads (that would make sense considering the natural concept) and were replaced with Mylar heads for technical reasons of staying in tune. Remember, they played at a cold Twickingham Studio, on the rooftop of Apple and also in Apple studios as well. The Abbey Road album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. The shells all have 1967 stamp dates.


Calfskin heads is an interesting subject because I have heard and read this a number of times that Ringo used calfskin heads on his maple kit and he even says so a number of times. The question of certainty is raised when you carefully examine photos of his kit during the Let It Be sessions. On some photos you can see the traditional black Ludwig logo stamp found on their Mylar heads. Secondly, you don’t see the distinctive calfskin hoops showing under any of the rims or on the bass drum hoop. In fact, on the batter side bass drum head, you see a metal ring alongside the wooden hoop. On the very few photos that I have of the Abbey Road sessions, it does show that calfskin heads were used. Since I was going for the Let It Be look, I have since removed the calfskin heads in place of Mylar. 

Rooftop Concert | January 30, 1969