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SAINTDRUMS 01-02-2014 07:07 PM

Big Ludwig Tubs - finally some pictures
 
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Happy New Year! I finally got around to taking some pictures of my latest kit. It's a '84 Chicago era Thermogloss 6 ply maple kit. Sizes are 16x26, 13x14 (10 lug), 18x18, and 18x20. Pictured with the kit is a 6.5 Black Beauty. I'll admit, it took a little bit of tinkering with various tunings and different heads before I found the sound I wanted. These drums are thunderous and vibrate your internal organs! I ended up going with a clear PS3 on the kick batter and a Ludwig heavy gloss white reso on the kick (non-ported), and coated G2s over coated G1s on the toms. I'm very happy with the sound. Please note that I have clear G2s over clear G1s on the toms in the pictures.

poika 01-02-2014 07:54 PM

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Sweet!

Those things look like they are able to produce thunder!

SgtThump 01-02-2014 08:11 PM

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Whoa! Nice kit! Congrats!

wildbill 01-03-2014 12:03 AM

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Great looking kit, and I'll bet it rattles the walls.

Your floor toms are bigger than the bass drums I use - 18 x 15, and 20 x 17.

LOL

Beam Me Up Scotty 01-03-2014 12:11 AM

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My god, man, those drums are huge!
I'll bet you shake the very foundation of your house when you play!

They're beautiful.

GRUNTERSDAD 01-03-2014 12:12 AM

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Where did you find such a beauty that is 30 years old.

poika 01-03-2014 12:17 AM

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Why the 10 lugs btw?

I don't think I've ever seen so many on a tom of that size before

bermuda 01-03-2014 12:31 AM

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Yowzuh, ROCK N ROLL!!!

keep it simple 01-03-2014 12:53 AM

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Originally Posted by bermuda (Post 1214876)
Yowzuh, ROCK N ROLL!!!

Indeed! Great sizes, just waiting to have triplets pounding out for days :)

SAINTDRUMS 01-03-2014 04:49 AM

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I found them at a local Mom & Pop drum store. This particular store is great and I try to give them as much support as possible. I walked in, saw them, and immediately fell in love. I couldn't bring myself to leave without putting down a deposit.

They are loud, and as you would expect, very deep sounding. Perfect for triplets! It took me some time to dial in the sound to where I like it, but it was worth the effort. The finish is slightly showing the years - there's some slight cracking here and there in the thermogloss, but to me that's like a patina and I wouldn't change a thing. More importantly, the edges are perfect and the shells are round. The Evans Level 360s fit all the toms perfectly. I might try some Remo clear CS heads in the future, but for now I think these heads will sound even better as they "age" a little more.

The Old Hyde 01-03-2014 03:28 PM

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awesome!! I've never seen in a 20 inch floor tom up close, it must be massive!

keep it simple 01-03-2014 03:48 PM

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Originally Posted by The Old Hyde (Post 1215070)
awesome!! I've never seen in a 20 inch floor tom up close, it must be massive!

20" floor toms rule! I'd love to have one again. Back in the day, I did a small paid tour with a 26" x 14" bass drum, 20" x 18" floor tom, & a 14" snare. No mounted tom (Bo would approve). Floor tom was always mic'd with a D12 TOP & BOTTOM! Oh man, did that thing thunder :)

The Old Hyde 01-03-2014 03:52 PM

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Originally Posted by keep it simple (Post 1215077)
20" floor toms rule! I'd love to have one again. Back in the day, I did a small paid tour with a 26" x 14" bass drum, 20" x 18" floor tom, & a 14" snare. No mounted tom (Bo would approve). Floor tom was always mic'd with a D12 TOP & BOTTOM! Oh man, did that thing thunder :)

Every time I set up my 18 someone always comments on how big they think it is. I would love to see a reaction to a 20, its like a bass drum!

ha Andy, you brought a small kit but it was so big it traveled like a larger kit ill bet. now you have an 8 or a ten from the looks of the clips, are you shrinking with age???

Bull 01-03-2014 05:15 PM

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Love it!!!


My roommates 1990 14x14 has 10 lugs too. How long did Ludwig do this? Why did they need more lugs than the floor toms?

KarlCrafton 01-03-2014 05:42 PM

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Awesome kit! I always kinda wanted a 20" floor tom... I don't think I could have passed that kit up either!

My 13x14 had 10 lugs too, and it was a 1990.

Ludwig's Power Toms had lug overkill. I was much happier tuning an 8 lug 14 :-)
I don't think they do that many lugs on the deep toms anymore.

Have fun!!!

digibird 01-04-2014 12:31 PM

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Those are beautiful thunder drums. Great find. But, you know you'd like that kit even more if your ride was a 24" Paiste 2002 - must purchase! :-)

I have a similar Ludwig classic maple kit (in natural maple, but not thermogloss) I bought in 1999. I also have a 16x26 bass drum, but my toms are "small", 12x14, 16x16, and 16x18. I love your kit! Great choice, enjoy the thunder. It always makes me feel like I am playing "in" the kit, instead of "on" the kit, if that makes sense to you.


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