Ludwig Blue Oyster “Ringo Starr” “Pizza Hut” Super Classic Drumset. 22,16,13, 5.5×14. $Call for price.
Ludwig Blue Oyster “Ringo Starr” “Pizza Hut” Super Classic Drumset. 22,16,13, 5.5×14. $ Call for price.
The impact that Ringo Starr has made on the drum world cannot be overstated. He inspired generations of drummers. His drums and drumming have inspired endless research into the deepest minutia of every stroke he ever played and every drum or cymbal he ever put a stick to. Subsequent generations had their own “Ringo’s”. Keith Moon, John Bonham, Neal Peart and Taylor Hawkins were their generation’s “Ringo’s”. Even before Ringo and the Beatles, Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa were “Ringos”, but Ringo is the OG! Ringo was an “influencer” long before they even had a word for it!
In 1995 Ringo Starr appeared in a Pizza Hut television commercial (remember television commercials?). I’m a huge Ringo geek. I’m a little amazed that I, nor most of my Ringo “mega-geek” friends had ever heard of this ad. In the ad, Ringo spoofs what appears to be an announcement to re-unite the Beatles, with the announcement of Pizza Hut’s newest pizza crust. Ringo is seated behind this 1964 Ludwig Super Classic drum set, that is almost identical to the set he played for the majority of his years with The Beatles. Let’s face it, Ludwig Oyster Pearl Super Classic drum sets played by Ringo Starr, don’t exactly grow on trees.
The set is finished in Blue Oyster Pearl finish. The set Ringo Starr played in The Beatles was an identical set in Black Oyster Pearl. The two marble-like finishes are very similar and easily confused, particularly when the brighter blue veins of the Blue Oyster Pearl finish have faded to a more grayish color as this set has. Just like Ringo’s most famous Beatle set, this 1964 set consists of a 22 x14” bass drum, 16×16” floor tom and a 13×9” mounted tom. Rather astonishingly, the snare drum, just like Ringo’s is a slightly earlier Jazz Festival model, set up in what is now commonly referred to as the “Ringo Spec” configuration, with the muffler, badge and throw off mounted on consecutive panels of a 5.5×14” shell. With the exception of the slight fading of the Blue Oyster Pearl finish, the set is in near perfect condition. The only notable flaw is a single extra hole above the muffler on the snare.
The set now now includes a completes of era correct A. Zildjian “Ringo” cymbals and Ludwig hardware.
See and hear more about the set, plus the original 1995 Pizza Hut ad featuring Ringo Starr in the videos below.
Hopefully bringing this set to light will and give us Ringo geeks something to talk about for years to come, and give someone the opportunity to own a set with some real Ringo history.