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Leedy & Ludwig 13/16/22/5.5x14" Knob Tension Drum Set - 1950s WMP

Leedy & Ludwig 13/16/22/5.5x14" Knob Tension Drum Set - 1950s WMP

Regular price $3,500.00 USD
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A very cool and unique Leedy & Ludwig drum set with date stamps ranging from 1950-1951. The knob tension design was developed to increase the speed and ease of tuning and to create a sleek, low profile aesthetic. Both objectives were certainly achieved, though the trade off is that more in-depth maintenance (head changes, repairs, etc) is notably more intensive than traditional designs. However you look at it, the knob tension kit is a wonderful nod to the art-deco styles of the '20s and '30s and a typical example of the Ludwig company's exemplary drive to innovate and push the boundaries of possibility in service of the drum industry and artistic community of the day.

This kit is in remarkably good condition for its 70+ years, with slight age-typical color fade from drum to drum, and overall very clean chrome plating. A mixture of period calf-skin heads. 

Check out the scans from the 1953 Leedy & Ludwig Catalog, courtesy of Andy Youell at

Please examine the photos closely for additional condition information and contact us if you have any questions that are not answered here or in the photos.

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BRAND: Leedy & Ludwig

CONDITION: Used - Very Good

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