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Ludwig Amber Vistalite 5-Piece Reissue Drum Set   

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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 peop...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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4.8

(based on 42 reviews)

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fahgeddaboudit!! This set is THE-ONE!

By Danny C.

from New City, NY

I got this set from Musician's Friend back in December. I love it! Like many have said here before me, the seal on the seem of each drum is pathetic for Ludwig, but you can position them out of site for the most part. Other acrylic drum makes don't have this issue. And lose these Ludwig factory heads too... they're less than adequate. Ludwig really should've went with a high-quality heads, especially for this price, which is is waaaay too high in my opinion. But hey! I love Bonham, ZEP, drumming and these drums from the Song Remains the Same movie were always a dream of mine to own some day. I saw this movie 10 time in the late '70s in Brooklyn theatres... I miss those days. Anyway - The drums look, sound and feel incredible. When I jam with friends who see & hear them for the first time, they all say "holy ****" they're nice. I actually illuminate them with a clamp-light connected to my cymbal stand.They will dominate a small to medium sized room - even without mics. They are the most explosive, deep and penetrating drums I've played... EVER. If you have cash like this to spend, then spend it on these. I can't wait to play this set out one day soon... Enjoy!

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOUD & PROUD

By Ironman433

from Sin City, NV / Los Angeles, CA

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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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

searching for something unique?

By Jon Kithcart

from Bay area CA

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When looking for larger sized kit to replace my battle scared sonor, I discover the unique sound of acrlic drums. After owning and gigging with this kit for about a year I can offer some insight. First this is probably the loudest kit you'll hear for medium sized venues. Even with extra dead heads the projection is huge. Second, don't listen to sound guys opnion on this-they HATE trying to mic this kit; again the thunder cannot be quelched. and it takes a lot of time to tweak the heads to stop crazy over ring. that said, this kit's sound is completly up to the player and the heads you select, substantily more so than other kits I've owned. Down sides include the reinforcement strips on the shells are ugly, the top heads the kit is shipped with are terrible- be sure have diffrent ones ready when the kit arrives...trust me, also the snare does not match the kit in that it's metal and dosen't have the olive badges. Overall, this is a serious kit for the discerning player who wants an alternitive to the endless procession of DW and pearl kits touring the nation. Not to mention an undeniable edge in vintage power sound and looks amazing under stage lights however, every scratch and finger print will show so don't get used to how it looks new-unless you can happen to have a 26in hard case!One final note: if you feel like you can't abandon that double or triple kick pedal, this kit is not for you- just get a DW or tama. Be ready for endless Bohnam references. Good luck!

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5.0

LOUDNESS

By Jon Kithcart

from Bay area CA

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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!

 
5.0

73 Reissue Vistalites

By DragonFlySlayer

from Central Kalifornia

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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.

 
5.0

bonham!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

bonham was a deadly drummer and his sytle was nuts if u lookin for a drum set thats loud and heavy this is it not to mention the big bass

 
5.0

It is ok

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

It didn't have the sound that i thought it did, if i were you and i was starters i would pick one of the cheap tamas, but if your experienced then go with the ludwig 5- peice combo drum set HECK YA!

 
5.0

Bonham kit!

By John-CT.4J

from Minneapolis

I bought it and it really rocks. Very loud (I am sure like the originals). Real loud for a basement settting. But a joy to play. I put Black dots (heads) on it and they sound better than the ones that came with it. The only downside is that the Bass drum is really hard to control. By that I mean it is hard to tune it just right to take little off-sounding resonant sustain out. I don't want to dampen with a blanket or a pillow to squelch the true sound but it seems like it needs some sort of light dampining. I haven't found the perfect material yet. Other than that, great to play.

 
5.0

Ludwig is back

By Denial Drummer

from Cincinnati

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I own three sets of Ludwig Drums. Two of the sets are 70's Vistalites. I have been playing drums for 43 years. My oldest son has played drums for 24 years. I'm still amazed by the number of people who do not know about the great sound of acrylic drums. I've been told by many a sound engineer that the Ludwig Vistalite are the best sounding drums they ever heard. Check them out for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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