# 6: Ludwig Maple "Hollywood" Drum Set aka "Let It Be Kit" aka "Get Back Kit"

Ringo began his stint with The Beatles on August 18, 1962 using this Premier drum set.

Ringo took possession May 12, 1963 Ringo's first Ludwig drum set was purchased from Drum City in London and was actually delivered to Alpha Television Studios in Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. The Beatles were making their first appearance as headliners on Thank Your Lucky Stars. Ringo last used his Premier drum set during the rehearsal of this show and used his new Ludwig drum set for the performance.

This drum set was used during The Beatles' first initial recording sessions including the famous marathon session. Songs recorded: Twist And Shout, Please Please Me, P.S. I Love You, Baby It’s You, Do You Want To Know A Secret, A Taste Of Honey, There’s A Place, From Me To You, I Saw Her Standing There, Misery, Anna, Chains, Boys, Ask Me Why, Thank You Girl, Love Me Do, How Do You Do It, The One After 909 (early version).

Ringo also used this Maple drum set when he recorded his Choose Love CD. If you look closely at his 9"x13" tom, just above the blue label strip and Keystone badge, you can see the faint outline of where the Drum City label used to be.

Drum sizes: 8" x 12" Tom, 16" x 16" Floor Tom, 14" x 20" Bass Drum, 4" x 14" Snare Drum. Purchased: September 1960.

Ringo's Six (6) Beatle Sets 
# 1: Premier Mahogany Duroplastic Drum Set

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# 4: 1st Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl "Super Classic" Drum Set

# 3: 2nd Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl "Downbeat" Drum Set aka "Sullivan Kit"

Drum sizes: 8" x 12" Tom, 9" x 13" Tom, 16" x 16" Floor Tom, 14" x 22" Bass Drum, 5.5" x 14" Snare Drum
Note: This kit has Chrome Over Brass (COB) rims. Unique for 1967

​Manufactured in March 1967. Took possession in late 1968. 

This set was used on Let It Be and Abbey Road. Ringo also used this kit when he performed with George Harrison at the Concert For Bangladesh and for B.B. King Live in London.​

Drum sizes: 8 x 12" Tom, 14" x 14" Floor Tom, 14" x 20" Bass Drum, 5.5" x 14" Snare Drum, Chrome Over Brass (COB) rims.

This drum set sold at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills on December 4, 2015 for $2,100,000.

# 2: 1st Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl "Downbeat" Drum Set

Drum sizes: 9" x 13" Tom, 16" x 16" Floor Tom, 14" x 22" Bass Drum, 5.5" x 14" Snare Drum

Acquired just prior to August 13, 1965, right before their American tour.​ What's interesting to me about this kit is that it appears only to have been used for the 1965 US tour. Photo's show that when The Beatles continued touring in the UK after leaving the US, he went back to using his first Ludwig Super Classic drum set.​

Here's Ringo and Jeff Chonis (Ringo's drum tech since 1989) discussing the Maple set. Both the Maple and Sullivan drum sets were on display at the Grammy Museum in LA (June 2013 through April 2014). 

Acquired May 31, 1964

Drum sizes: 9" x 13" Tom, 16" x 16" Floor Tom, 14" x 22" Bass Drum, 5.5" x 14" Snare Drum

​This drum set was the most widely used by Ringo for both recording and touring. In addition, this drum set shows up in countless photo opp's and promotional movies such as: Hello Goodbye, I Am The Walrus, Hey Jude and Revolution and many more...

Drum sizes: 8" x 12" Tom, 14" x 14" Floor Tom, 14" x 20" Bass Drum, 5.5" x 14" Snare drum
Chrome Over Brass (COB) rims

# 5: 2nd Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl "Super Classic" Drum Set