Ludwig Hi-Hat Cymbal Stand, used by Buddy Rich

Ludwig Hi-Hat Cymbal Stand, used by Buddy Rich

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Description (Brief)

This stand was made by Ludwig in Chicago, Illinois, around 1970-1980. It is a Hi-Hat cymbal stand, tripod style, with pedal, plastic wingnuts, and rubber feet. The stand is marked:


This hi-hat cymbal stand is from a drumset used by Buddy Rich in 1983-1987.

Bernard "Buddy" Rich (1917-1987) began his professional career as a drummer, tap dancer, and singer with his parents' vaudeville act before the age of two. By the time he was six, "Traps, the Boy Wonder," had performed on Broadway and toured the United States and Australia.

With the demise of the vaudeville circuit and the popularity of the swing era, Buddy became an orchestra musician. His talents as a drummer landed him a job offer with Joe Marsala's band at the Hickory House in New York City in 1937. This led to a long line of high-profile performances with Bunny Berrigan, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Carter. Buddy's playing style was characterized by phenomenal speed, four-way independence, and an uncanny way of driving a big band.

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Object Name
date made
Rich, Bernard "Buddy"
Ludwig Drum Company
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 38 in; 96.52 cm
overall: 38 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 5 1/8 in; 97.79 cm x 13.97 cm x 13.0175 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Cathy and Marie Rich
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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