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Old 04-05-2007, 02:07 AM
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hello fellow drummers!

i've never actually posted up my full ludwig classic maple set up. here she is....




Drums: ludwig classic maple in black diamond (bought back in late 2001)

8x10 rack tom
8x12 rack tom (both on rims mounts)
13x14 floor tom
14x16 floor tom (both on rims floor tom mounts)
16x22 kick drum
6x14 ludwig classic birch silver sparkle snare (on tama air ride system)

Cymbals : Zildjian (from left to right) all brilliant except noted

13" k/z hi hats
16" a custom projection crash
8" zxt flash splash
18" a medium thin crash
8" a custom splash
20" a custom projection ride
17" a medium thin crash
18" zbt china
18" a custom projection crash
20" a swish circa late 80's (non brilliant and 6 holes drilled for rivets...gotta get some)

quick interesting story about the 20" swish. i've had this cymbal for many years now. this was my friend's cymbal and we made a trade. he wanted my 18" sabian b8 pro china because he thought it sounded better...so we made an even swap. hmmm...who got the better cymbal???

Heads:
evans coated g2's/clear resonants on toms
aquarian superkick 2 on kick batter
evans eq3 on kick front
evans power center reverse dot on snare top
aquarian hi performance snare side on snare bottom

Hardware: all tama including iron cobra hi hat and double pedal, gibraltar throne








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Old 04-05-2007, 02:12 AM
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Oh my! Absolutely beautiful. Specs pleaseee
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:20 AM
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all the info is after the second picture.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:37 AM
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beautiful set, I love the wrap on it, very classy! Nice setup too (cymbals seem a little high, but thats my opinion and i keep mine very low). Very clean for everything you've got there too
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:40 AM
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thanks for the kind words hawk. my cymbals aren't actually up really high if you were sitting behind the kit because my toms are actually pretty low. and i am a neat freak when it comes to keeping my stuff clean. when i was gigging, i would clean my stuff every two weeks...cymbals and all.

i'll probably post pics of my classic birch kit up tomorrow...gotta go let the dog out.

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Old 04-05-2007, 04:11 AM
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Great set, I like your bass drum art. I like the rug too.

I'm assuming you moved your kit out just to take pictures. Was this a lot of trouble?
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:29 AM
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Awesome, totally awesome. Your finish is sweet, though im not too much of a fan of the flat toms. Idk, it just never seemed to appeal to me. But i do like the way you set up the 2 up 2 down... probably because its exactly how my set is. Dig the cymbals as well...How do you like the K/Z combo?

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Old 04-05-2007, 02:07 PM
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Great set, I like your bass drum art. I like the rug too.

I'm assuming you moved your kit out just to take pictures. Was this a lot of trouble?
thanks! i painted the little stick guy onto a thin peice of clear mylar. i knew a guitar player who worked at a plastics company and he got me a sheet of it. what's great about the mylar is that it's removable, you can peel it off and slap it on a different head if you needed to.

that is an old rug that i used to use when i was gigging out all the time. now i own one of those "crashpad" drumrugs which rolls up into a small nylon bag. it's alot easier than throwing that long peice of carpet in the back of the vehicle...LOL!

no, it wasn't too much trouble moving my kit outside because the drum room is right next to the garage. i was so tempted to bang out a groove though but since i'm the new neighbor in town...i didn't want to make the natives angry (it's bad enough i'm sure they hear it coming from inside the house!)
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Awesome, totally awesome. Your finish is sweet, though im not too much of a fan of the flat toms. Idk, it just never seemed to appeal to me. But i do like the way you set up the 2 up 2 down... probably because its exactly how my set is. Dig the cymbals as well...How do you like the K/Z combo?

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thanks, i really liked the black diamond pearl. i almost went with the black oyster (just like Ringo), but after seeing the black diamond pearl, i couldn't resist. i'm not surprised you said that about my flat toms. when i was gigging in my last two bands, i would always let a drummer come up and play. everyone that came up said it was so comfortable except for the rack toms. it's just comfortable that way to me.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:57 PM
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Very nice. I love Luddys.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:59 PM
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Lovely finish dude!!
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:20 PM
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Beautiful! I especially like this riveted china!
Man, you were really lucky with that deal...lol

er, but a question anyway: How do you find that Star cast snare stand? I can understand the reason for the tom usage...but does it really affect the snare sound? Is it more open?

Nice kit, nice kit...with some very fine cymbals!

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Old 04-05-2007, 10:35 PM
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As some of you guys know I'm a Ludwig fan. And this is another fine example of why! very clean with a nice set-up. I'm not the biggest fan of wraps but this just has a great classic look and feel.
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Wow, beautiful finish!
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Old 04-06-2007, 01:58 AM
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thanks guys for all the kind words....i have to post up the classic birches next!

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Beautiful! I especially like this riveted china!
Man, you were really lucky with that deal...lol

er, but a question anyway: How do you find that Star cast snare stand? I can understand the reason for the tom usage...but does it really affect the snare sound? Is it more open?

Nice kit, nice kit...with some very fine cymbals!

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thanks karl, yes...i did luck out with the china swap. i have to get rivets put back in them. when i swapped cymbals with my buddy, there was only two rivets in the cymbal at the time and they eventually fell out. i almost forgot i had this cymbal, until i was going through all my gear. i also still have my pair of 13" Zildjian brilliant quick beats that i bought from venemen's music (which is now musican's friend) in maryland 14 years ago!

i really like the tama air ride (star cast) system. in my opinion, it definately opens up the snare sound alot, i can tell the difference. the only thing that's weird to get used to is that the drum "bounces" a little when you hit it.
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Old 04-06-2007, 03:21 AM
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Wow, that's a really nice kit in my book. I want it.
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Old 04-06-2007, 03:58 AM
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thanks, i really liked the black diamond pearl. i almost went with the black oyster (just like Ringo), but after seeing the black diamond pearl, i couldn't resist. i'm not surprised you said that about my flat toms. when i was gigging in my last two bands, i would always let a drummer come up and play. everyone that came up said it was so comfortable except for the rack toms. it's just comfortable that way to me.
At least you have them low enough and flat so you can hit them. Ive seen peoples kits where they are flat because they want to look like Travis Barker. Problem is that the toms are on top of the bass drum and make it extreamly hard to do fills.
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Old 04-06-2007, 05:45 AM
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Absolutely beautiful kit....very nice...
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Old 04-06-2007, 06:26 AM
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Great Looking Kit! I'm seeing more kits with the virgin bass, how do you like that?
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:27 AM
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Totally love the kit. it looks so comfy and....clean. As well as the cymbals.
I play my rack tom really low and flat, it does look like TB's but that isn't the desired affect. i just accidently lowered the tom too much once and found it was better for me. I suppose everyone's just different.

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Totally love the kit. it looks so comfy and....clean. As well as the cymbals.
I play my rack tom really low and flat, it does look like TB's but that isn't the desired affect. i just accidently lowered the tom too much once and found it was better for me. I suppose everyone's just different.

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thank you...yes, i'm a "nit-picker" when it comes to having clean equipment! i used to get harassed by my band members all the time saying that i keep a level and a feather duster in my stick bag! HA!

before i bought these ludwigs, i owned (no longer *tears*) a tama starclassic kit that had 9x10, 10x12, and 11x13" rack toms. i could never get them really low without them hitting the bass drum, so i would sit up higher which really bothered me. i sent the toms out to get cut down an inch or so, which i was happy with once i got them back. when i ordered this kit, i went with the conventional sizes on the toms. i love having my ride cymbal where it is...i don't think i will ever change that as far as in my setup.
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Great Looking Kit! I'm seeing more kits with the virgin bass, how do you like that?
i much rather having a virgin bass drum...less weight and pressure on the bass drum. my tama starclassic kit that i used to have had a bass drum tom holder and i never liked using it. but that's just me.

i think i will post up pics of my classic birches today...be on the lookout...
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the classic birches are now up.....check em out here
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the classic birches are now up.....check em out here
So which set do you really prefer to play? They both look great! Can you tell a difference in the sound quality?
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So which set do you really prefer to play? They both look great! Can you tell a difference in the sound quality?
I had just submitted a reply to another member (bonzolead) between the two of them. You can read it here.
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Damn looks nice.

I would give anything for that Reso bass drum head.
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I always wondered about your kit.. and WOW! just wow!
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beautiful -- i am new to the ludwig family myself. I like your cymbal placement -- i tend to try and get good seperation between my toms and cymbals. I tried the flat tom thing on my starclassic -- loved the look, but i found for me when i tilted them lightly toward me, i played better -- although they are still pretty flat.
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beautiful -- i am new to the ludwig family myself. I like your cymbal placement -- i tend to try and get good seperation between my toms and cymbals. I tried the flat tom thing on my starclassic -- loved the look, but i found for me when i tilted them lightly toward me, i played better -- although they are still pretty flat.
Thanks and congrats on your new Luds (they are sweet!). I'm really happy with my cymbal placement, it's been that way for a long time now. To me, my toms don't seem that "flat", but a few people who've played my kit all say the same thing. It's just a comfort thing for me I guess.
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