Vintage Vs. Modern
The age old question returns....which do you prefer?
My thoughts on this are that all the top drum companies have kits made in China that all sound the same. Even the USA or Japan made kits are very similiar, this may sound strange, but they are almost too precise in their drum construction. You can take a DW, Pearl, Tama or Yamaha in the same sizes and tuning and would find it difficult to tell one from the other. You take those same size drums and tuning on a vintage Ludwig, Slingerland, Gretsch or Rogers and you can pick out each company by the sound.
I took a 9x13 Rogers tom and placed it next to a DW 9x13 tom with the same heads and tuning, the Rogers, to my ears, sounded warmer and fuller, plus the Rogers kit was a third less than the DW.
Don't get me wrong, I love new drums, but vintage drums have a vibe you can't find in newer ones, plus the fact that Ludwig, Slingerland, Gretsch and Rogers were all made in America.
Last edited by JPGR; 01-20-2011 at 10:34 PM.