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Ringo used his Maple kit at the Concert For Bangladesh

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.


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)


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

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. Here’s the cool part; It is said that George actually bought Ringo the Hollywood maple kit because of the wanted “natural vibe concept” of the album. I was told that Ludwig’s first Hollywood maple kit was built for Ringo. 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