Ludwig Original Ringo 1966 Black Oyster Pearl 5×14″ Jazz Festival Snare Drum. Flawless!! $4,495.00
An original 1960s Ludwig Black Oyster Pearl Jazz festival snare drum is arguably the most collected snare drum ever made. Ever since Ringo Starr and the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, drummers have been clamoring to get their hands on Ludwig drums in what now would be considered Ringo’s “signature” Black Oyster (or Oyster Black for you purists) finish. Overnight, orders for Ludwig drum increased six fold and the most popular order was for Black Oyster Super Classic sets like Ringo’s. This is where it got interesting. The Super Classic set came stock with a chrome Supraphonic snare drum and thousands of these sets were sold literally as fast as the Ludwig factory could produce them. Only the most observant (obsessive?) young drummers paid close enough attention to notice that the snare on Ringo’s set was actually a matching Black Oyster 8 lug Jazz Festival and not the stock Supraphonic that was included with the Super Classic set. To order a set with a matching Jazz Festival snare would have required a special order and resulted in a much longer wait than for the already months back ordered stock version.
Why the long winded Ludwig drum history lesson? Hopefully this helps explain why 1960s Black Oyster Jazz Festival snares are so rare and valuable. It’s a classic combination of huge demand and unusually low supply.
That brings us to this snare. This drum was made in 1966 while The Beatles 7th album “Revolver” was turning the world upside down. The drum is in near perfect condition. An insignificant amount of fading can be seen when the heads are off in the areas that were covered by the head. The interior paint is clean and smooth with a just some minor scuffs and checking. Top and bottom edges are excellent. Shell and hoops are in round. Minuscule pitting on the chrome hardware. Era correct Ludwig white coated top snare head in excellent condition. Original wires. The photos don’t lie. What you see is what you get. More photos available.
PRICE: $4,495. Serious offers considered.