This style head was used on Ringo's 1964 Ludwig oyster black pearl Downbeat kit and is historically correct. This is the drumhead that was seen by 73 million people when The Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964.

All reproductions of the Beatles "Drop-T" Sullivan Drumhead are the result of a direct reflective tracing method using the original head. It is completely handmade using the same flat tempora paints as the original and on the same white 20" outer-coated drumhead. The result is an identical match to the original logo drumhead used by the Beatles for the February, 1964, Ed Sullivan Show.


20" white-coated Drop-T logo bass drumhead available in a New or Aged finish. The Ludwig and Beatles logo are painstakingly hand painted as the original. (AGED means that the head was given an aged look to match what a 50-year old drum head would look like today.)


"The drumheads are hand-painted replicas by well-known Beatles drumhead authority, Russ Lease, based on his in-person, hands-on, and forensic photographic research. Lease has also developed a vintage aged finish for the heads identical to the patina on the original Ed Sullivan Show drumhead which he owned for over 21 years. Russ was also commissioned by Ringo to replace all of his original drop-T Beatle drumheads which had been lost over the years.Each drumhead is serial numbered and comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Russ Lease. Additionally, since each head is hand-painted to order, any of the seven drop-T's can be applied to any size drumhead, even if it's not historically accurate."

Please know that we are offering the drumhead with the graphic artwork only.


NOTE: Each drum is made to order, allow two weeks for shipping.

#2 1964 Beatles Drop-T "Sullivan" Drumhead