Friday, January 22, 2010

Transition Badge Ludwig Jazz Combo

I have just worked a deal with a friend to swap my black Ludwig Barrett Deems model transition badge snare drum for this beauty - a Ludwig transition badge Jazz Combo in blue and silver Duco.

This is a win-win since my friend has a matching kit that needs the snare drum and I do not have a Downbeat in my collection.

My friend, by the way, is one of the best damn drummers I have had the pleasure of meeting. He can switch from a very credible Buddy Rich playing and solo style to Gene Krupa, Ray Bauduc and a number of other drummers. Simply amazing stuff.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

World's ugliest cymbal

This circa 1920s no-name came with my Barry Snare Drum. It's bent, looks like it's made of brass and is just the ugliest thing I've ever seen. However, it has a chime-like sound that is simply beautiful and has found a place in my keeper cymbal stash. She is a 12" piece of aged cymbalsmithing with an interesting hammering pattern.