Rare 1976 Ludwig Bicentennial Big Beat Vistalite drum kit

Here’s a recent addition to our vintage drum collection:  a VG+ 1976 Ludwig Bicentennial “Vistalite” kit with the ultra rare Pattern D design.  The kit was purchased for a young drummer who never took it out of his basement.  It’s drop dead gorgeous. 

Here’s some info we dug up on this beast:

From http://www.angelfire.com/biz6/ludwigvistalites/

This is one of the most coolest but different Rainbow Vistalite patterns. With the right choice of colors this is a very very attractive pattern. The photo shown is the mass produced big 1976 Bicentennial Kit. It’s also called a Bicentennial Outfit. This was a big seller for Ludwig during 1976. Now days, this pattern hardly shows up for sale, reason being is not really known, perhaps that original buyers or collectors like this pattern too much to part with them! This pattern is 95% of the time confused with the SPIRAL pattern and VISE VERSA, as you can tell there is a lot of difference between the two!!

CONSTRUCTION:

The ‘THREE BAND SWIRL’ pattern consisted of FULL MAIN SEAM WIDTH panel that comes to a point or tapered point on the opposite side of the seam in middle. The top and bottom bands start at seam were the panel stop at a point and both color fill out the rest of the shell and taper in opposite direction of the center panel which comes to a pointed taper on the beage edge. The top and bottom ½ the size of the center band. These are basically pendant type pieces. I’ve seen this pattern in the above RED/WHITE/BLUE – RED/AMBER/YELLOW – GREEN/YELLOW/SMOKE – AND ALSO SMOKE/WHITE/SMOKE – BLACK/WHITE/BLACK. Sets without matching snares are quite hard to come by because if possible, collectors will buy the extra snares in any Rainbow Vistalite pattern to add to a snare collection. Any Vistalite kit was optional with a Chrome Superphonic 400 5×14 or 6.5×14 Ludwig snare, but most Rainbow Vistalite kits were bought with matching snares. If you find a Rainbow Kit with out a matching snare, then it probably likely the retailer is keeping it for a display, a collector has bought the snare out of the main kit, and or the original owner kept it. Those are the most like possibilities of missing snares.

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One thought on “Rare 1976 Ludwig Bicentennial Big Beat Vistalite drum kit

  1. I OWN A KIT LIKE THAT. SHELLS ARE GOOD. HARDWARE RUSTY AND PITTED. I WOULD LIKE TO TRY TO SELL THEM. WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH ANY BUYERS? THANK YOU

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