Ludwig Cowbell 1973 Silver 7" w/ clamp Honky Tonk Women

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 23, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House
is the second of two Ludwig cowbells I have to offer at auction this month. This one, is from 1973 and I know this because I purchased it at the Professional Drum Shop on Vine St. in Hollywood of August of that year along with my 5 piece Butcher Block finish Ludwig kit, which I still have at my parent's house in Encino, CA. The cowbell has the Ludwig logo embossed on the clasp that holds the cowbell to the rim of your kick drum. The cowbell is silver and does have quite a bit of masking tape on it, that I put on at the advice of my drum teacher at the time, Bill James (more on Bill in a moment) to muffle the sound and get that "Honky Tonk Women" sound I was looking for, along with "You Can't Do That" by the Beatles from the "Hard Day's Night" LP of '64. This cowbell is in very good shape and I have not attempted to remove tape. You can do that using special cleaning fluid if you wish, but I wanted to offer this piece as "vintage" as possible!! Drumming was such major part of my childhood and I so fondly remember getting my very first drum kit, a rented red sparkle Astro brand Japanese 4 pc set that I would rush home from school each day to play along to Beatles and Monkees records in the '60s in my bedroom on Morrison St. in Encino. My second set was a gold sparkle finish Crown (also a Japanese kit made by Rogers) and I set up the cymbals to look like Ringo's Ludwig kit and later, Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival, another drum hero of mine from the early days. My 3rd drum set which I still have was the Ludwig 5 piece with 20" Zildjian medium ride and 18" thin crash cymbals. The hi-hats are 14" and the bass drum was 22". Tom Toms are 12" 13' and 16" floor tom. Chrome snare and see thru black dot Remo drum heads. I used to put on headphones and play along with my albums on my Soundesign Stereo and think about becoming a studio drummer one day like my idol HAL BLAINE. A very cool, and now timeless drum set, purchased with my Birthday money (13th) in August of '73. My drum teacher, Bill James, was a very popular neighborhood drum instructor and he drove a green VW bus and the long hair parted in the middle and carried his practice pad and sticks in a briefcase, which I thought was so cool. This cowbell measures approx 7" long and 2" wide at the mouth portion. With some silver polish I am sure this piece would look as good as new. Look back for some more of my vintage '60s and '70s drum and musical items. Now that I think about it, "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain and "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad are two other tunes you could bang out with this cowbell on your drum kit!! Happy to combine shipping on all orders. See my other items mostly starting at $5 each! Payment accepted by Paypal or personal check drawn on a U.S. bank which will be held for up to 10 days before your item will be shipped out (to make sure it clears my bank properly). Shipping will be by Parcel Post. Delivery Confirmation will be included so you can track your shipment. Any questions, please ask. Thank you for looking!