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Forum: Drums 03-12-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: More Ludwig Signet porn

Agreed. It takes the typical heads well and tunes up/down with ease (very versatile). If you want to save a bit the stock batters (Ludwig Clear Heavy) make decent reso heads (similar to clear...
Forum: Drums 03-06-2015, 02:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: What is it?

It's called a Cajon. They can be made or bought ... most music stores carry them.
Forum: Drums 03-05-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: More Ludwig Signet porn

Agreed. It's not a high-end kit.



Not really. Most dealers end up assembling the kit so the buyer doesn't do any work. However, what this minimalist assembly method unintentionally (I ...
Forum: Drums 03-05-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: More Ludwig Signet porn

I do hear a difference but not quite sure how to describe it ... I would say a bit more open, more vibey, seems to bring out the tone of the shell more. I'm not doing a good job of articulating but...
Forum: Drums 03-05-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: More Ludwig Signet porn

I also wanted something elegant/classy but with a bit of flash so I pimped out my Macassar Ebony kit with wood hoops.
Forum: Drums 03-05-2015, 04:19 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: More Ludwig Signet porn

I've got a Signet and CM kit in the same sizes and did a direct comparison. They sound similar but not identical (same heads/tuning) ... to my ear the Signets have a bit more attack. To answer your...
Forum: Drums 12-14-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 315
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Birch Yamaha Stage Custom - Question Regarding heads

My general rule of thumb is coated single-ply batters for recording (e.g. Ambassador/G1) and clear double-ply batters for live (e.g. Emperor/G2).

Don't forget about the reso heads as they can have...
Forum: Drums 12-14-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,253
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: No love for 20" bassdrums?

20" lover here ... I can play anything with it.
Forum: Drums 11-29-2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,593
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Small and easy to transport drum kit

The stock heads aren't that bad and are quite usable (I've heard much worse stock heads). That being said, there is a noticable improvement with proper heads.
Forum: Drums 07-22-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 757
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Drum Kit Suggestion

Get a 14" floor tom and 18" kick to make a bop kit.
Forum: Drums 06-26-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,953
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Cutting a giant hole in my bass drum's shell

Don't forget that a big portion of the KickPort's sound is the mass it adds to the reso head ... you won't get that dampening when the KickPort is mounted in the shell.
Forum: Drums 06-26-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,130
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Maple or Birch for hard hitters ?

Wow ... you've got to hit really really hard to bend a tension rod. Perhaps it got damaged when moving the drum? A replacement t-rod should be less than $1 to fix and the drum shell material has no...
Forum: Drums 06-25-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,130
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Maple or Birch for hard hitters ?

What happened to the snare? Did it break?
Forum: Drums 06-19-2014, 04:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,342
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Little Jazz Drumset

Ludwig Breakbeats ... sweet little kit.
Forum: Drums 05-28-2014, 04:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,451
Posted By Michael Madio
Forum: Drums 05-23-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 911
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Taye StudioMaple

I have a Taye StudioMaple kit. It is very high quality, just doesn't have the same cache as more popular brands. What drew me to them specifically was the thin shells without re-rings. The only...
Forum: Drums 05-16-2014, 03:13 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 10,334
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: 20" bass drum

A 20" kick can sound huge with the right heads and tuning. My large gigging kit has a 20"x16" kick drum, I'm currently using a Remo Powerstroke 3 batter + Evans EQ3 coated (no port) reso with...
Forum: Drums 05-11-2014, 05:34 AM
Replies: 445
Views: 44,856
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Ludwig's new Signet 105 drum line!

I'm committed to mine already so no concern there ... I did the same thing and installed a tom mount as well. As for vent holes, not a big deal either as I typically install an XLR jack directly in...
Forum: Drums 05-08-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 44,856
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Ludwig's new Signet 105 drum line!

I've had my Signet's for a little while now, been loving them ... they sound great. I recently ran into a bit of an issue and am looking for ideas. I'm considering using it as my gigging kit, my...
Forum: Drums 03-25-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,449
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Upgrading a Ludwig Breakbeats

I installed new heads all around, installed wood bass drum hoops, and installed a DW Bass Drum Lifter (DWCP9908). I also had to machine the snare throw off mount as it hits the batter flesh hoop if...
Forum: Drums 03-15-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 21,213
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Ludwig Breakbeats Kit

Just read your review. You mention the bass drum hoops being plastic ... are you certain about that? I have a Breakbeats kit and the bass drum hoops are definitely steel. Is this something they...
Forum: Drums 03-15-2014, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,901
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Pearl Rhythm Traveler vs Ludwig Breakbeats

I used to have a Pearl Rhythm Traveler and now have a Ludwig Breakbeats kit ... night and day difference in sound. The Pearl RT always sounded thin and small while the Breakbeats can sound...
Forum: Drums 03-15-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,799
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: You gotta use the right heads on that tiny bass drum!

I have a Breakbeats kit and do something similar. I use a clear pinstripe + small felt strip on the batter side and a coated ambassador with small nail holes for air relief on the reso side. It...
Forum: Drums 03-06-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,593
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Small and easy to transport drum kit

I've gone through many compact kits and the Ludwig Breakbeats are the ones I kept.
Forum: Drums 11-25-2013, 04:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,940
Posted By Michael Madio
Re: Jazz&Funk: Your Snare Pick

Tama Starphonic Aluminum
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