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Ludwig Amber Vistalite 5-Piece Reissue Drum Set  

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    The biggest sounding kit in history!

    The Ludwig Amber Vistalite 5-Piece Reissue Drum Set is the ultimate drum set. That's what Zeppelin's drummer thought, and so did the millions of people spellbound by the band's astoundingly powerful performance in The Song Remains the Same. This is the exact kit, painstakingly reproduced right down to the gold sparkle bass drum hoops. This limited-reissue kit features classic spurs, legs, and brackets; large classic lugs; T-rods and claws on the bass; gold sparkle inlays; and blue and olive badges. Cymbals not included.

    Features
    • Same kit featured in The Song Remains the Same
    • Gold sparkle bass drum hoops
    • Classic spurs, legs, and brackets
    • Large classic lugs
    • T-Rods and Claws on the bass
    • Gold sparkle inlays
    • Blue & olive badges
    • 26" x 14" bass
    • 14" x 10" tom
    • 16" x 16" and 18" x 16" floor toms
    • LM402 6-1/2" x 14" chromeplated Supra-Phonic snare
    • 2 snare stands (one for the tom)
    • 2 cymbal stands
    • Disappearing boom stand
    • Pro-Float hi-hat stand

    Act now and take advantage of the only chance you may ever have to own the kit that rocked the world!

     
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    4.8

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    73 Reissue Vistalites

    I found this kit brand new at a Music store in my home town so I seriously decided to snatch it up for an extra back up kit because my Yamaha Maple Absolute Double bass...Read complete review

    I found this kit brand new at a Music store in my home town so I seriously decided to snatch it up for an extra back up kit because my Yamaha Maple Absolute Double bass kit may be sometimes a bit too much for certain gigs so I thought I would enjoy this Bonzo Vistalite for a single bass set up. I was concerned about the seal on the construction of the vistalites with that extra plastic strip and so I contacted Ludwig to inquire the issue of concern. I was told by Ludwig that back in the 70's there were sometimes issues with the seal separating with age and certain wear. And that the original seals were glued with a 90 degree cut back then unlike now. I was also informed by Ludwig that now they have decided to use a 30 degree angle so the glue would have more bond affect and the extra plastic strip was something they employed for more stable enforcement to the seal. I have replaced the heads on these Vistalites with Remo dot heads and they tuned up pretty easy and I really am quite delighted with the tone and power this kit projects. The kit I currently use is maple and I must be honest regarding it's craftsmanship and construction is far superior to my 73 reissue Vistalites but for times when I need a smaller kit I really enjoy the 26" X 14 Bass drum and the simplistic feel of this kit. I am really glad I got it and I just happen to get it new for a very lucky price. If I had to buy it with the price after playing it I wouldn't be dissapointed at all. It rocks!! I truly believe that this Vistalite kit is quite a monster and my experience with it has been a blast.I seriously recommend it with the newer upgraded strength seals too from what Ludwig told me.

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    Nice reissue , but the real thing

    I purchased a nine piece original vistalite kit back in 1976, and have played it regularly ever since, so know the authentic sound of these tubs as well as ANYONE.That stated, the Bonham...Read complete review

    I purchased a nine piece original vistalite kit back in 1976, and have played it regularly ever since, so know the authentic sound of these tubs as well as ANYONE.That stated, the Bonham re-issue (which is primarly designed to appeal to a nostalgia segment, not the hard core player market) is a well intended but somewhat diluted attempt to replicate history. I got to play extensively play one of these reissues for four days during a pop festival last June -- and ended up somewhat disappointed.The primary reasons? Those horrible reinforcement strips (which none of my 30 year old original vistalites have or have ever needed) which absolutely kill the shell's extended resonance (which is the core strength of acrylics), as well as the hardware, which is contemporary and does not replicate the 1970 Atlas series models that my and Bonham's kit employed. If you're going to call something an "authentic re-issue" and charge serious four figures for it, at least produce a truly realistic copy!!! One almost gets the sense Selmer didn't think anyone would notice...

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    5.0

    Visually and sonically impressive

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I am a professional touring musician with a group called that 70s band. I also own a slick Tempus kit and a Yamaha power tour. This kit gives our audience what they expect to see and hear. I have worked hard to tweak and tune it just right and sound techs are blown away. A joy to play, nothing but praise from all who see the band. I run Evans eq heads on toms and snare. Remo powerstroke 3 on kick. Ludwig H/H 6.5 bronze snare. Unmatchable 2 and 4 power

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    5.0

    LOUDNESS

    By Jon Kithcart

    from Bay area CA

    If you play medium clubs yes! No amplification needed. Emperors on the batter, ambassadors on the front, felt strips on both sides of the bass, crank the tension up, and brace yourself for more magic than you can handle (if you can really play - if still learning, this kit will showcase your weaknesses and need for a double bass pedal- buy something else) love it! rock it! live it!

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    5.0

    WOW!!!

    This is the greatest set I've ever seen in action. I am going to get one in the near future. The only thing I've heard bad about it is that you have to tune it different to get that Bonzo sound and replace a couple heads. This set blew me away just watching a video of it on youtube. Worth every penny! John would be proud. Buy it!!!

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    5.0

    LOUD & PROUD

    By Ironman433

    from Sin City, NV / Los Angeles, CA

    If you want that Bonham sound, this is it! But DO NOT PORT THE FRONT HEAD! For heads, a Remo Powerstroke3 on the bass batter and CS Black Dots on the toms and keep the stock Ambassadors on the bottoms. I can garantee that will give you the big, deep sounds you want out of this kit! For hardware, first lose the Speed King and get a real pedal - a DW5000 or DW9000 in my opinion! Then get a vintage rail consolette tom mount and your on your way to Bonham-ville! This kit kicks serious *ss! I've owned lots of sets in my 35+ years drumming - none ever sounded this good or made me feel as proud as playing these! What are you waiting for? You know you want 'em.... DO IT! You won't regret it a bit!

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    5.0

    Loud

    By Beat

    from CT

    These drums are good and loud but where can I find a case for these especially the bass drum? I can't even gig with them. I got this set and the Bonham green sparkle set with no cases so I am gigging with a cheap Yamaha set because I can't find cases!

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    5.0

    perfect for metal

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I got this bad boy from a local music store and as soon as I got it set up I put a port in the head and played till my arms were sore. I was questioning the tone because of what its made out of but now I'm glad I got it. You can't go wrong with this set.

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    5.0

    73 Reissue Vistalites

    I found this kit brand new at a Music store in my home town so I seriously decided to snatch it up for an extra back up kit because my Yamaha Maple Absolute Double bass kit may be sometimes a bit too much for certain gigs so I thought I would enjoy this Bonzo Vistalite for a single bass set up. I was concerned about the seal on the construction of the vistalites with that extra plastic strip and so I contacted Ludwig to inquire the issue of concern. I was told by Ludwig that back in the 70's there were sometimes issues with the seal separating with age and certain wear. And that the original seals were glued with a 90 degree cut back then unlike now. I was also informed by Ludwig that now they have decided to use a 30 degree angle so the glue would have more bond affect and the extra plastic strip was something they employed for more stable enforcement to the seal. I have replaced the heads on these Vistalites with Remo dot heads and they tuned up pretty easy and I really am quite delighted with the tone and power this kit projects. The kit I currently use is maple and I must be honest regarding it's craftsmanship and construction is far superior to my 73 reissue Vistalites but for times when I need a smaller kit I really enjoy the 26" X 14 Bass drum and the simplistic feel of this kit. I am really glad I got it and I just happen to get it new for a very lucky price. If I had to buy it with the price after playing it I wouldn't be dissapointed at all. It rocks!! I truly believe that this Vistalite kit is quite a monster and my experience with it has been a blast.I seriously recommend it with the newer upgraded strength seals too from what Ludwig told me.

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    5.0

    These Drums Wake The Dead

    By Antraliana

    from Wilkes Barre PA

    I Wanted These Since I Was A Kid. I Was All Into Fast Double Bass Metal Style Squirely Drumming. These Drums Don't Work Like That. If You Play Slow And Steady To Moderately Fast These Drums Are Honestly Insane. They Are For The Experienced Drummer Because The Overtones And General Reverberation Of Vistalites Will Let Everyone Know If Your Not Playing Well. If You Hit The Snare Or A Tom By Itself The Whole Set Shakes And All The Drums Help Ring Out That Sound. The Bass Drums Acts As An Amplifier For The Toms. People Immediately Think Of Led Zeppelin When They See Them, And Its Hard Not To Play Bonham Style Drumming Cause Its Where They Truly Shine.

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    5.0

    Fantastic

    By Mr Joe T

    from South Cumbria, England

    My step father and I spent around four months getting the Ludwig Amber Vistalite from the U.S to England but was it worth it! The bass drum sadly came broken with a huge crack right at the top and I have sadly had to fork out to replace it. Aside from this the kit sounds amazing, once I had replaced the factory heads with Remo CS Black Dot as recommended. It is a little harder to tune than a conventional wooden kit but its amazing once its there. The snare is particularly good; it sounds good whether tuned high, medium or low.The only down side would have to be the bass drum (even with out a crack). The hoop seems to be made of a cheap wood and the golden sparkle looks to be glued on. It is also hard to prevent the drum from making a 'booming' sound rather than a thump. Again once its right, it?s brilliant. All round however the kit makes an amazing, room filling sound and looks truly amazing live. I sold my vintage 1965 Ludwig 400 SupraPhonic snare drum as I just thought the new 402 sounds so much better, which was surprising. I would highly recommend buying this kit!

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    3.0

    Nice reissue , but the real thing

    By Mikey the Mars

    from New York City area

    I purchased a nine piece original vistalite kit back in 1976, and have played it regularly ever since, so know the authentic sound of these tubs as well as ANYONE.That stated, the Bonham re-issue (which is primarly designed to appeal to a nostalgia segment, not the hard core player market) is a well intended but somewhat diluted attempt to replicate history. I got to play extensively play one of these reissues for four days during a pop festival last June -- and ended up somewhat disappointed.The primary reasons? Those horrible reinforcement strips (which none of my 30 year old original vistalites have or have ever needed) which absolutely kill the shell's extended resonance (which is the core strength of acrylics), as well as the hardware, which is contemporary and does not replicate the 1970 Atlas series models that my and Bonham's kit employed. If you're going to call something an "authentic re-issue" and charge serious four figures for it, at least produce a truly realistic copy!!! One almost gets the sense Selmer didn't think anyone would notice...

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