(More photos below). This set is the finest example of a Top Hat set I have ever seen. I know I’ve said this about other Top Hat sets that I’ve had in the past, but this one has raised the bar. It is safe to assume it is the best Top Hat set in the world. This set is a single owner set that has remained in the original owners family its entire life. It’s been lovingly stored in cases for decades. There are no issues. There has been no restoration done on this set. Other than a quick dusting, this is how they came out of the cases.
The Ludwig Top Hat and Cane “Swing Sensation” model set is considered by collectors to be the rarest and most sought after production drum set ever made. This model was produced for less than 2 years in 1940 and 41. It was considered to be the absolute pinnacle of the drum set industry at the time. The best that money could buy! To date, fewer than 20 of these sets are known to exist in the entire world. Somehow, I have had the extreme good fortune and luck to have owned 7 of these sets in my life. This is one of 3 Top Hat and Cane sets currently in our collection.
The condition of this set is extraordinary. The photos speak for themselves. The finish is nearly unfaded. All drums are date stamped in 1941.
The nickel hardware is brilliant. The photos depict the condition of the set very accurately. The shells and edges are excellent with no cracks, holes or dents. All parts are original and in excellent condition. Original calf heads on top and bottom of all drums except snare (replacement head for torn 11″ tom is en-route). Original bass pedal, hi-hat pedal, snare stand, throne, trap case and canvas bags are all included. The floor tom rests in the original issue “basket” style stand. The cymbals and cymbal stands in the photos are not included however a complete set of era correct Zildjian cymbals are be included (photos coming soon).
Due to the extreme high value and rarity of this set we will only ship via freight. All drums will be professionally packed in cases, then in boxes and then packed in a wooden crate. This is by far the safest method of shipment available. Plan on $800 to $1,000 for crating and shipping in the US. Exact shipping cost will be determined based on buyers location. We will ship internationally. Local pick up is encouraged.
THIS IS A 100% ORIGINAL 1941 LUDWIG AND LUDWIG TOP HAT AND CANE SWING SENSATION MODEL DRUMSET. This is NOT a re-issue or re-cover!!
More photos coming soon. Serious offers considered.
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