Before the Chicago concert of 1964, a presentation was made where William Ludwig Jr. said this;
"I have never known a drummer more widely acclaimed and publicized than you, Ringo Starr. Your millions of fans have honored you and the other members of The Beatles by their overwhelming acceptance of your recordings and concert appearances. On behalf of the employees and management of the Ludwig Drum Company, I would like to thank you for choosing our instruments and for the major role you are playing in the music world today."
Ringo took his gold drum back to England after the tour and has had it in his possession every since. In 2010, Ringo allowed the Met in New York City to borrow the gold drum for a special exhibit and many fans had the chance to see the famed drum. It appeared again at the Grammy's special Ringo Starr exhibit at their L.A. museum last year.