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A sampling of Drum Company stock outfits

 

   Ludwig, Octa-Plus
Thermo-Gloss Walnut Stain

Introduced in 1971, this kit was considered huge, and drummers everywhere drooled over it. But with a list price of $1724, which includes the Paiste Giant Beat cymbals pictured, few could afford it (oh to have a time machine and a fist full of cash!) This kit featured all of Ludwig's official "Melodic Tom Tom" sizes: 5½x6, 5½x8, 6½x10, 8x12, 9x13, 10x14, 12x15 and 14x16".

Source: Ludwig Industries Catalog D2171CV75M

 
   Ludwig, Quadra-Plus
Jelly Bean Vistalite

Vistalites were introduced in 1973, and Ludwig issued both the Octa-Plus and its little brother, the Quadra-Plus, in assorted colors and patterns. "Melodic Tom Tom" sizes are 9x13, 10x14, 12x15 and 14x16".

Source: Ludwig Industries Catalog CV 100M 1074

 
   Ludwig, Double-Quad
Black Cortex

In the event that you liked double-headed toms and concert toms, you got the best of both worlds with this kit. Power concert tom sizes are 9x10, 11x12, 12x13 and 13x14

Source: Ludwig Industries Catalog CVP100M 3-81

 
   Premier, Baron
Polychromatic Blue

Pictured with Lokfast stands, this was a simple but elegant kit featuring a slightly deeper bottom tom. Concert tom sizes are 9x13, 10x14, 12x15 and 16x16".

Source: Premier catalog AV8010

 
   Slingerland, Energizer
Maple Wood

A classy kit. "Well rounded studio drummers will really appreciate this set" says the description, adding "you'll really go on record for them when you hear their studio sound." Record? Studio? Get it?? Concert tom sizes are 6½x10, 8x12, 9x13, 10x14, 12x15 and 14x16".

Source: Slingerland catalog 1979

 
   Slingerland, On Tour
Walnut

Slingerland did make another 5-pc with single-headed toms, but it was designed for nesting, and the tom sizes reflect that. The On Tour kit is more akin to a classic concert tom kit by virtue of its standard concert tom sizes, with the addition of a single-headed floor tom and a single-headed kick drum. Concert tom sizes are 8x12, 9x13 and 14x16" single headed floor tom.

Source: Slingerland catalog 1979

 
   Rogers, Studio Ten
Metallic Silver

The description says "Double row" concept of mounting concert toms allows perfect ride cymbal positioning for speed and comfort. Concert tom sizes are 8x8, 8x10, 8x12, 9x13 and 10x14".

Source: Rogers catalog 42-79-80

 
   Gretsch, Concert Rock
Jet Black Nitron

Just about every company had their version of Ludwig's Octa-Plus, here's Gretsch's. Concert tom sizes: 5½x6, 5½x8, 6½x10, 8x12, 9x13, 10x14, 12x15 and 14x16".

 
   Gretsch, Monster Plus
Wood Finish

Gretsch offered a nice variation on the usual six concert tom set-up. Instead of the more common 10-thru-16" drums, they use 8-thru-15". Concert tom sizes: 5½x8, 6½x10, 8x12, 9x13, 10x14 and 12x15".

 
   Gretsch, Nighthawk II
Red Rosewood

Drum companies are all about choices. If you don't happen to like the concert toms on this kit, simply order the Nighthawk II Plus, and you can have double-headed toms instead! Concert tom sizes: 8x12, 9x13, 10x14 and 12x15".

Catalog scan courtesy of Bob Saydlowski

 
   Pearl, Dyna-Family Outfit
Satin Silver

Pearl's earliest concert tom kits featured fiberglass toms, still sought-after by the pros who were hip to them back in 1975.

Catalog scan courtesy of Bob Saydlowski

 
   Pearl, Power Plus
Orange Flash

By 1980, most companies were offering "power" toms. This kit features 11x13, 12x14, 14x15 and 14x16" concert toms.

Catalog scan courtesy of Bob Saydlowski

 
   Pearl, 8DVP
Blue Gloss

If you think the Vari-Pitch drums look like a Roto-Tom with a shell, you'd be right. The Cannon "power" toms are 10½x10, 10½x12 (two), 10½x14, with a 10½x16" Vari-Pitch floor tom. The kit includes a Vari-Pitch snare.

Catalog scan courtesy of Bob Saydlowski

 
   HiPercussion, The Monster
Maple

These Italian-made drums came out in the late '70s, and disappeared by the early '80s. The toms were 3-ply beech and walnut, and in a DRUM! Magazine article, Bob Henrit wrote "The drums sounded really great open, ballsy, and resonant."

Catalog scan courtesy of Bob Saydlowski

 
   Sonor, Sound Machine
Metallic Silver

From the Sonor-Phonic series, this was undoubtedly a pricey kit in the late '70s! Concert tom sizes: 5½x6, 5½x8, 6½x10, 8x12, 9x13, 10x14, 12x15 and 14x16".

 

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