Re: My horrible Ludwig experience...
That's alot to be wrong with a drum, regardless of price. 9 months too. It's almost as if some PR person got sick of dealing with you and decided to give you the worst of everything - lugs off, bearing edge f&*^ed, wrap not complete. JMO. I know I couldn't live with that. Everything I've ever bought new looked like industrial CNC equipment was involved.
And yes, I do believe there are knock-off products being sold on the market. Eg, some of the SKB cases I see look less quality than what I own. The badge would be off or not look quite right, but you can't point a finger to it. Or the inside of the padding is unglued.
Right handed, traditional grip, jazz player
Pearl Reference kit with Pearl rack