Ludwig Lug Splay Solution
I've perused these forums off and on for years now and it's another fine resource for information. So glad it's here :-)
Anyway, I've decided to come out of the shadows because I need to see if anyone can answer these two questions with some authority:
1. Will aftermarket Gibraltar triple-flanged hoops correct the dreaded Ludwig lug splay?
2. Will Gibraltar hoops even fit on the Ludwig Classic Maple drums?
I spent roughly six months doing copious amounts of research on my next (and probably final) kit and finally decided on the Classic Maples. They have everything I could want in a drum in terms of sound. I knew about the lug splay issue, in fact, I saw various degrees of lug splay on every modern Ludwig drum I tried out at the local drum shops. Of course, it doesn't affect that wonderful sound whatsoever, but I can possibly see tuning/durability issues in the long term. Sooooo, I would like to know if this is a good solution to correct this issue or am I just gonna have to deal with it? I haven't really found specific answers to these questions through my own research so I've come here in the hopes of getting some :-)