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Of all of Ringo's Beatle kits, this one received the least amount of use. It was introduced at the start of the Beatles' 1965 US Tour

Ludwig Sets 3 & 4 & Hardware

Here are the details:

1964 Kit

9”x13 - Tom (Keystone badge # 33649 / No stamp date found)
16”x16” - Floor Tom (Keystone badge # 33571 / No stamp date found)
14”x22” - Bass Drum (Keystone badge # 89896 / No stamp date found)                

Unique oyster black pearl swirl pattern
Keystone badges (16"x16" floor tom has the Keystone badge positioned in the center of the drum)
3-ply mahogany/poplar/mahogany shells with white painted interiors
Baseball bat tone controllers with red or white felt tone control pads (Ludwig changed from red to white early in ’64)
Threaded mount casing with wing-bolt (P-1672)  
16.5” floor tom legs with knurled stems 
Fold out bass drum spurs with knurled stems (P-1305)
Rogers Swiv-o-matic tom mount assembly         
Chrome over brass (COB) tom rims

Andy Babiuk’s book, Beatles Gear, states that Ringo was given this set by Ludwig Drum Company and that Ringo received this kit on May 31, 1964 at the Prince of Wales Theater in London.

This kit became the studio work horse until the maple kit.

INTERESTING DETAILS:

Here is a great photo showing the two Rogers tom mounts on Ringo's bass drum. I thought it interesting that the existing holes from the original Ludwig consolette rail mount were not used. I was told that the dual tom mount was used at some point in 1968. The two toms used with the dual mount would have been the 8"x12" from kit #2 (Sullivan) and 9"x13" from this 1964 kit #3. The 9"x13" tom from the 1965 kit #4 could have also been used.

Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl "Super Classic" Kit 3

Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl "Super Classic" Kit 4

Details

5"x14" Jazz Festival Snare Drum (Keystone badge # 151480) 
9”x13 - Tom (Keystone badge # 151493 / Black stamp date: JUL 16 1965)
16”x16” - Floor Tom (Keystone badge # 155364 / Black stamp date: JUL 16 1965)
14”x22” - Bass Drum (Keystone badge # 151485 / Black stamp date: JUL 16 1965)

3-ply mahogany/poplar/mahogany shells with white painted interiors
Baseball bat tone controllers with white felt tone control pads
Mount casing with eyebolt & wing nut (P-1216A)
16.5” floor tom legs with knurled stems 
Fold out bass drum spurs with knurled stems (P-1305)
Rogers Swiv-o-matic tom mount assembly
Chrome over Brass (COB) tom rims                                      

Here's a photo of the Rogers Swiv-o-matic tom mounting bracket on bass drum. Notice that none of the three holes from the original Ludwig mount were plugged.

Hardware

The hardware used on both kits 3 and 4 are the same:     

Spurlock Direct Pull hi hat stand (Model 1123)
Buck Rogers snare stand (Model 1358)
Speed King bass drum pedal (Model 201)
Bass drum anchor (Model - 1304) Walberg & Auge)     
Two cymbal stands (Model 1400)  The number of Ludwig cymbal stands purchased for all four Ludwig kits isn’t really known. The stands appear to have been mixed between drum kits at various times. There is one slight difference between the model 1400 stands. One uses a wing-bolt that screws directly into the topside of the second post to adjust the height of the top post. The other variation uses a small angled tension bar with a hole at one end and a threaded hole at the other. It rests on top of the second post and the top post inserts through the tension bar into the second post. The wing-bolt screws into the threaded hole of the tension bar and draws the bar tight against the top bar holding it in position. Ringo had both.

It has always been assumed that Mal Evans installed the Rogers tom mounting brackets on Ringo's drum kits. Upon inspecting the 9"x13" tom, a drum head was removed and I discovered the business card shown below. I tracked down Dave Golding and found him to be a wealth of untapped information. He did a good amount of work on Ringo's kits.

Below is the 9"x13" Rogers tom mounting bracket.

This Kit is currently on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
It will remain there until October of 2016. I encourage you to make the trip. Seeing this drum set is an emotional experience.