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Forum: Drums 07-28-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 472
Posted By digibird
Re: Ideal 2 Floor Tom Sizes?

If 12" rack, 12-15-18 is a nice spread. (great with a 24" bass drum)

If 13" rack, 13-16-18.

If 14" rack, 14-16-18.

15" and 16" floor toms can work, too, since you don't like a 14". Gavin...
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2015, 10:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 839
Posted By digibird
Re: Ian Paice rocks!!!

I agree about the brilliance of Ian Paice. I think he is the best rock drummer ever - the way he combined his rudimentary expertise with jazz feel and blistering rock power, there is just no one...
Forum: Drums 07-13-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 764
Posted By digibird
Re: 12x8 or 13x9 for single rack tom??

Definitely 9x13, esp with a 24" kick. 10x14 is also a good option. 16x24 is a great BD size, you'll like that. I have a red sparkle Ludwig classic maple kit with 16x24 BD, and the same 15-16-18...
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,303
Posted By digibird
Re: Silly branding things that shouldn't matter (but do!)

I like logos as long as they aren't too large. The small gold Ludwig keystone badges are excellent, as are the blue/olive badges from the '70's, and I like the Paiste logos on all of my 2002s. I...
Forum: General Discussion 07-01-2015, 07:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By digibird
Re: Acrylic snare? Any good?

I have a 6.5x14 Ludwig Vistalite snare that is one of my most favorite drums. Somehow crisp & warm at the same time, very responsive, great thud and crack with a clear emperor batter. It sounds...
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,907
Posted By digibird
Re: Drum fads: Past, present...and future?

Yes, yes, yes! Those awful things sound more like formica kitchen counter tops than snare drums. I hate that sound, sounds nothing like a drum. I loved drum corps and marching in the '70's, they...
Forum: General Discussion 05-29-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 586
Posted By digibird
Re: Some Drum Workshop love!

No Hating on DW from me. I'm a Ludwig guy for the most part since I was 8 years old, but I own a kit of DW classics, 13-16-24 in vintage marine pearl, that sound and look beautiful! All of my...
Forum: Drums 05-22-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 904
Posted By digibird
Re: Trying out the Dunnett R4-L strainer

Looking forward to your input on these strainers on your Ludwig snares. I've had 2 of the P86 go wonky and lose those tiny screws, so I thought about replacing those P86 with the Dunnetts. Also...
Forum: Drums 05-21-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 992
Posted By digibird
Re: DW drums being "Overpriced"

I bought DW Classics (Mahogany 3-ply) a few years ago when they were the only company doing the retro thing so well. The Ludwig Legacy Mahogany were not out yet. They were expensive, but the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-08-2015, 05:04 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,704
Posted By digibird
Re: Any big name drummers ever do something to rub you the RIGHT way?

Thanks for sharing that. I am really glad to hear how nice Ian Paice was to you. I've never had the pleasure to meet him and have always thought he is the best rock drummer (Yes, even better than...
Forum: Drums 04-18-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By digibird
Re: Drum cleaning

Remove dust/dirt with Swiffer and/or towels, and finish with towels and Sparkle (no-ammonia glass cleaner, great on chrome and wrapped finishes):
Forum: General Discussion 03-26-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 972
Posted By digibird
Re: Bonham amber vistalite purchase/questions

On that same bass drum, I use Remo PS3 on both sides with a small piece of Auralex foam (maybe 12-18") at the bottom of the drum touching both heads, and a 3-4" mic hole in the front. A small mic...
Forum: General Discussion 03-06-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,527
Posted By digibird
Re: What's on your bass drum reso head?

Ludwig script logo on red sparkles, Ludwig '70's logo on Vistalites, and DW Classic logo on DW Classics in vintage marine pearl. I like old stuff, or new interpretations of old stuff.
Forum: General Discussion 02-17-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,422
Posted By digibird
Re: So how's this for bitter?

The best unported bass drum sound I have recorded was using a mic 2-3 feet in front of the bass drum pointed straight at the middle of the drum. An AEA R84 ribbon mic sounds excellent at this spot,...
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,615
Posted By digibird
Re: Who "invented" the rock beat?

It always seemed to me to have happened gradually. Lots of beats had kick on 1&3 and snare on 2&4 (or slight derivations thereof), but the right hand was always swingin'. It was the straightening...
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 13,082
Posted By digibird
Re: Paiste 2002, B8 but why do they sound so good?

I don't know why Paiste 2002s sound so good, but I do know there is no better cymbal sound to my ear, and my addiction continues:

14" & 15" sound edge hi-hats

20" & 24" rides

16", 17", 18",...
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 892
Posted By digibird
Re: Hand Care

My fingers crack & bleed from playing drums in the Winter like you are talking about (not enough humidity in the air leads to dry skin on hands for me). I've tried the liquid bandage stuff and super...
Forum: Drums 12-02-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,127
Posted By digibird
Re: Anyone else dislike suspension mounts?

With Ludwig drums, I never liked the vibrabands (or any suspension mounts). What does work for me with Ludwigs is the Keystone tom bracket (instead of classic or modular) on all rack toms and floor...
Forum: General Discussion 11-18-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,033
Posted By digibird
Re: Who does this, really?

The compromise for me is to use padded bags, not hard cases. I like the Humes & Berg Galaxy & Tuxedo series - they both offer sufficient protection for gigging around town, especially if it's just...
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 600
Posted By digibird
Re: How long do I have to wait?

I expect to wait 8 -12 weeks for an order from Ludwig, based on 6-8 orders over the past 15 years. Sometimes I've been surprised and received some drums in about 7 weeks, but I really didn't care...
Forum: General Discussion 11-08-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,016
Posted By digibird
Great car for a drummer

I had a 1994 Toyota pick-up for 20 years and recently totaled it (no injuries, thankfully). That little truck was excellent for gigs and moving all drums and amps/PA, etc. There really are no...
Forum: General Discussion 10-17-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,063
Posted By digibird
Re: Two floor toms....

I have always used a 2nd floor tom on the right and prefer 16-18 over 14-16. Just feels right to me, never too much of a reach. And always 2 crashes to the right as well, 1 in front of each floor...
Forum: General Discussion 07-17-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,747
Posted By digibird
Re: The matching snare

I'm a big fan of matching snares if they are of high quality. I have Ludwig maple snares in Natural maple and red sparkle that match kits, and I like those snares as much as a Supra, black beauty,...
Forum: Drums 06-07-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,351
Posted By digibird
Re: About to order some Bonham sized Ludwigs Classic Maples. Got questions.

You're gonna be happy, big drums are great! I have never understood the complaint that they are a hassle to cart around. I've been carrying drums around since I was 8 years old (I'm 53 now), and...
Forum: Drums 05-21-2014, 05:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By digibird
Re: Ludwig Classic Maple Options

I think you're confusing Keystone brackets with the new Atlas mount bracket. The Keystone brackets are no larger than the Classics, they just touch the shell in 2 smaller spots than the Classics do....
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