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Old 04-22-2009, 08:38 PM
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Default WFL or Ludwig Speed King Pedal

What's happenin' people, I'm in the market for a "new" (new to me) pedal, and I'm pretty dead set on picking up an original speed king off of ebay (keep you "IMO..." about other pedals to yourself or on another thread). There's one issue I'm having though; I'm wondering what the difference between the WFL Speed King and the Ludwig Speed King are. I know the two companies histories; it all used to be Ludwig, until one of the brother left the company to start WFL pre WWII. But is one better than the other quality/craftmanship/durability wise, or are they pretty much the same? Thanks for your comments in advance
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Old 04-23-2009, 04:09 AM
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Default Re: WFL or Ludwig Speed King Pedal

why not get a brand new one?

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Old 04-23-2009, 05:47 PM
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Default Re: WFL or Ludwig Speed King Pedal

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why not get a brand new one?

I hear the old ones are better. I've read it on quite a few threads. And it's cheaper. A new SK will run about $110-120, at least from what I've seen online.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:53 AM
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Default Re: WFL or Ludwig Speed King Pedal

WFL started to make the speed king in '37 (after he split from the Conn owned Ludwig company)... WFL bought the rights to the name Ludwig back from Conn in '55. Basically all speed kings between '37 and 55 are WFLs, and everything after '55 is Ludwig... the pedal is basically mechanically unchanged even today. I don't know if it's true or not, but I've heard most people prefer the pre 70's pedals. I have an old WFL Speedking that I cleaned up and refurbed, and it works great.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:03 AM
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Default Re: WFL or Ludwig Speed King Pedal

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But is one better than the other quality/craftmanship/durability wise, or are they pretty much the same?
I really think this is one of those "things only have the power you give them" issues. I've played WFL's, old Ludwig Speed Kings, and new ones. Granted, an old, mistreated, sloppy one is gonna be just that, but get one in good shape, good deal. One thing that really brings this pedal into the "new millenium" is a floor plate.
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:45 PM
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Default Re: WFL or Ludwig Speed King Pedal

Yeah something tells me it's in my own head. I just started looking up the history of Ludwig, and saw WFL on half of the pedals on ebay. So I just started letting my mind run a little wild. ineded up getting a WFL one for ~$30, should get it sometime this weekend. I'll have to add that floor plate though.
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