Ludwig Snare Drum L 472 Rock/Concert 14X6.5 Blue Cortex P87 Wire

For purchase is a beautiful 1980s era Ludwig model # L-472 Rock/Concert snare drum. Ludwig promoted this snare as large and boomy enough to satisfy the hard rocker and yet be sensitive enough to use as a concert drum (symphonic or stage). Made in Chicago, USA, the serial # is 3134356. The shell is 14 inches in diameter and 6 1/2 inches deep. The P-87 snare strainer/throw-off has a unique system where each snare wire can be tensioned individually thus offering the ultra sensitive tuning option. The wood shell has 6 plys (maple and poplar) with a golden maple interior (looking good through the Remo Ambassador clear batter top head). Has a large Chicago 1983-ish Keystone brass-like badge which was the last Chicago factory badge issued before Ludwig moved manufacturing to present-day Monroe, North Carolina. Has 10 lugs/tuning tension collar screws for even more equal stretching of the heads (instead of 8 tuning lugs common on most snare drums). Wrap is what Ludwig dubbed blue "cortex." Cortex is a Formaica-like plastic that most gigging drummers feel is very durable and hard to damage. The cortex wrap is very shiny yet deep solid blue in color. There is an internal tone control knob (or muffler) for the top head.
When I got this drum, it was just the shell with lugs. To refurbish this drum, I purchased:
-P-87 classic original Ludwig strainer/throw-off (used) and snare wires-new
-20 original Ludwig collar tension screws-used
- 2 ten hole original Ludwig chrome over steel rims-used
-Remo clear top batter head new; snare side or resonant head is used
Under the careful guidance of the best drum forum, I refurbished this drum to make it look and sound its best with all original Ludwig parts. The maple interior was looking somewhat dull, so it was roughed up with fine sandpaper and one coat of clear laquer was applied-looks absolutely great now. The wrap was cleaned with isoporopyl alcohol and then shined with an automotive car polish.The chromes were all cleaned and then polished with a protective chrome polish. All moving parts were lubricated with either light machine oil or petroleum jelly. The top and bottom bearing edges were treated with a high quality furniture wax.
While I very much enjoy refurbishing drums and I am glad to present a very fine drum with a second chance at life, there are some draw-backs. Other than the top drum head and snare wires, everything else is used. So look closely at the pictures and you will notice wear (not abuse) typical for its nearly 40 year age. The blue cortex has minor fine scratches and the lugs show some wear typical of where the drum would have been set on the floor resting on the lugs. The rims are shiny but show some minor pitting (where some light rust was) and the underside of the butt plate (where the snares attach on the end opposite the throw-off) shows serious wear obviously from sitting on the floor. The wear does not detract from the functionality of the butt plate. I also had to wood-putty one ding to the bearing edge (the edge where the drum head comes in contact with the shell). Otherwise, this a fine drum that will bring many years of faithful and sturdy service to drummer who appreciates fine instruments..

Seller's return policy: Accepts returns-buyer pays return shipping in original shipping carton and in original-as received condition
quantity: 1
Listing created Nov 18, 2019

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