This is "the one" - an actual Oyster Black Pearl Jazz Festival snare drum like Ringo Starr's. Ringo purchased his famous Oyster Black Jazz Fest in 1963, and though he switched sets several times during the course of 1960's, he continued to use the same, original Jazz Festival snare with each new set, even with the final Maple Hollywood set used for Let It Be and the Rooftop concert. Because of this, for a true collector to have an actual "Ringo" Beatles snare, it must be a '62 or '63 Jazz Festival with a baseball bat muffler one panel to the left of the badge, and the P83 strainer one panel to the right of the badge. However, to the dismay of Ringo fans, this drum is nearly impossible to find, for a few reasons.
Before Beatlemania, Oyster Black Pearl was not a very popular color, so there are very few Oyster Black drums out there from the early 60's. Of course once the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964, Oyster Black Pearl became perhaps the most popular color in Ludwig history, and they were cranking out sets and snares 24 hours a day. The problem is, in 1964, Ludwig changed the hardware configuration of the Jazz Festival snare, moving the strainer two panels away from the badge, meaning there are many Oyster Black Jazz Festivals out there that are "very close" with the white painted interior and baseball bat muffler, but have a key difference of the strainer being 2 panels away from the badge. These "not quite right" drums are still in very high demand, and command top dollar, as most collectors do not plan on ever finding a correct one. Since there was such a short time that Ludwig was making Jazz Festivals in the very specific configuration of Ringo's drum (about a year and a half), and because Oyster Black Pearl was unpopular during that short time, a true "Ringo Jazz Festival" is nearly impossible to find. We've had about 12 Oyster Black Jazz Festivals from '64-'67 pass through our hands, but this is the ONLY '63 we've seen in person. We know of one other that exists (besides Ringo's), and it is wonderfully documented here: http://www.ringosbeatlekits.com/a_snare_so_rare.
Everything is correct on this drum:
- P83 strainer one panel to the right of the badge.
- Red felt baseball bat muffler one panel to the left of the badge.
- Deeper shell - this one is just under 5.5" at about 5 3/8".
- COB hoops with the dropped snare gates.
- White painted interior.
- Ludwig keystone preserial badge.
- Oyster Black wrap tucked into the seam of the wood shell.
It's even possible that this drum came from the same batch of Oyster Black Pearl wrap as Ringo's. Don't miss this extremely rare opportunity to own a true Beatles Jazz Festival snare drum!
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 07 October, 2010.