Please copy and paste the link below for additional and higher-quality photos of the set. This is absolutely 100% a players-quality kit. The drums have a lot of wear and looks like someone toured extensively with it throughout the 70s. Ive included pictures of the most noticeable flaws above. The serial numbers and swivel feet Atlas stands date this set to approximately 1976.It had been sitting in a storage locker for decades before I obtained it. These drums are as clean and presentable as theyll get in original condition. Every lug was removed and polished, every tension rod and hoop was polished and removed of rust, and all of the prominent scratches in the wrap were gone over with a furniture marker. While some of these touch ups can still be seen under close inspection, the set looks way better than it did before. From just a feet away, none of these blemishes can really even be seen.
And, if desired, a rewrap with some new t-rods and hoops would instantly make this set look brand new. Tom sizes are 6,8,10,12,13,14,15,16,18 with two 22 bass drums. Stands have the usual pitting and scratching expected with 50+ year old hardware.
The bass drum mounted tom arms are significantly beat, though this wear is not noticeable once the arms are inside of the drums. No parts are missing on any of the stands and everything still works and holds great. Ive found Evans Hydraulics to be the best sounding heads for concert toms. These heads have been on this set for about a year, so theyre a bit worn (though still have plenty of life left in them). The drums still had the Silver Dot Ludwig Rockers when I originally got them.
The original resonant heads are still on the bass drums. Overall, this is about a 6/10 set.
A majority of the wear is secluded to the wrap (and the cortex wrap was designed to take quite a heavy beating). That said, the drums themselves are still very solid and will easily last another 50+ years. They can be restored to look like new or you can play them as they are. The item "1976 Mahogany Cortex Ludwig Octaplus Drum Set" is in sale since Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Percussion\Drums\Sets & Kits". The seller is "bigdavid61" and is located in Crystal Lake, Illinois. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.