SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! Ludwig and Ludwig 1941 Top Hat and Cane “Swing Sensation” Complete Set, Best Ever!! $37,995.00

SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!! Ludwig and Ludwig 1941 Top Hat and Cane “Swing Sensation” Complete Set, Best Ever!! SOLD!!

This is the finest example of a Ludwig and Ludwig Top Hat and Cane “Swing Sensation” drum set I have ever encountered. I know I’ve said this about other Top Hat sets but this one has clearly raised the bar. This is a one owner set that has remained in the current owners family since they bought it in the the late 1940s. It’s been lovingly stored in cases for decades.  There has been no restoration other than a good polishing.  This is the way the set came out of the cases.

The condition of this set is extraordinary! The photos speak for themselves.  The photos depict the condition of the set very accurately. The shells and edges are excellent with no cracks, holes, dents or modifications. The nickel hardware is brilliant. The very early Imperial lugs are cast of solid brass. Original calf heads on all of the drums except the snare drum. Check out the totally cool original bass drum graphic! I’m assuming this was custom made. I’ve never seen a graphic logo like this one anywhere. The shells are all date stamped in 1940 and 1941. Original bass pedal, hi-hat pedal, snare stand, throne, bass spurs, canvas bags, cowbell and trap case are all included. The floor tom rests in it’s original “basket” stand. The cymbals and stands in the photos are not included, however a set of era correct Zildjian cymbals will be included (photos coming soon). The 2 original cymbal arms that mounted to the rail mount were lost years ago.

The set is in near perfect condition, however I’m including the following for full disclosure.

  1. 13″ tom has a very small (1/3″) spot where something wore through the finish. A pretty easy fix for a skilled drum restorer. Probably about a $200-$300 job.
  2. Bass wrap has a small stain from the rubber foot of the rail mount that is invisible when the mount is attached (should come off with buffing).
  3. Snare is missing correct tone control knob. (I’m working on the correct replacement).
  4. 11″ tom has a torn calf batter head.
  5. Bass batter calf head was torn and repaired but playable.

The Ludwig and Ludwig Top Hat and Cane Swing Sensation Model drum 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 between 1940 and 1941. It was considered to be the absolute pinnacle of the drum set industry at the time.

Due to the extreme high value of this set it will ship in a wooden crate and shipped via freight. This is the safest and most economical method for shipping a set of this size and value. Plan on around $800-$1,000 for crating and freight in the US. Exact shipping will be determined based on buyers location. We will ship internationally. Local pick up is fine.

THIS IS A 100% ORIGINAL 1941 LUDWIG TOP HAT AND CANE SWING SENSATION MODEL SET! This is not a re-issue or re-cover. 

PRICE: $37,995. Serious offers considered.


PRICE :$24,995.00. Serious offers considered. 


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