You have to take into account that people first saw The Beatles on television in black & white and only had magazine photos to go by.
If Ludwig didn't offer both Blue and Black Oyster Pearl options, there wouldn't have been such a controversy.When Manny's Music Store delivered the kit, they took the liberty of imprinting their store logo on each tom head under the Ludwig Weather Master logo.
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USCGC Eagle (WIX-327), formerly the Horst Wessel and also known as the Barque Eagle, is a 295-foot (90 m) barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard.
This photo goes very deep in remembering that 73 million people saw him playing that very drum kit on February 9, 1964.
I think that we've all heard the story dating back to early 1963 when Brian Epstein and Ringo Starr went to the Drum City music store in London to purchase a new drum set for Ringo.
Going from left to right, you get a great view of the Ludwig timpani stool. Later models had a hard side cushion which was designed to lengthen the wear of the seat.
Next we see the obvious, Ringo's 1963 Jazz Festival with a well used batter head.
Drum City was owned by Ivor Arbiter and was London's new Ludwig distributor.
The condensed version is that Ringo was drawn to the Oyster Black Pearl color and loved the fact that we could get an American made drum set.
Ringo took possession of his new Ludwig drum set on May 12, 1963.