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Old 10-27-2011, 01:41 AM
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Default Ludwig Classic Maples / Paiste Giant Beats / DW

I've been putting this together for a while -- got the snare first, then the cymbals, stands and finally the kit. I'd love to take some outdoor pics, but it's too cold.

I was a bit concerned about the QC and shells being out of round as I've read about some of these issues on other forums. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this kit is absolutely flawless in every detail, and the shells are one of the most in-round kits I've owned, and I've owned many. In fact, only the bass if off -- by 1/16th of an inch, as measured from lug to lug -- these drums are about as perfect as you can get.

I was supposed to get vintage-style T-rods for the bass, but there was a mix-up. However, they're on the way...

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Ludwig Classic Maple in Natural finish

13x9, 16x16 - coated Emperors over coated Ambassadors

24x14 - Evans EMAD / stock reso

Ludwig Supraphonic LM402 - coated Emperor / stock reso

DW 9000 Hardware (3000 HH)

Paiste Giant Beats: 15" Hats, 18 & 20 multis, 24" Ride

Pearl pedal, Roc-N-Soc Nitro throne
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:44 AM
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WOW. Lucky you!
Nat. Maple is still one of my favorite finishes.

The kit looks great, enjoy for years!!
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:48 AM
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Love the finish, love the sizes but don't like the hole in the bass drum for the mount. I know the jury is still out on the sound etc but would love to see them without the mount. But I would not push them aside. Great looking kit.
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:55 AM
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Awesome. Love 'em, man. I'm very envious.

Enjoy immensely!!
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:04 AM
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Thanks all!

...about that bass mount: I know whatcha mean, but without it the rack tom would be too far to the left for me (I don't like floating it off a cymbal stand, so a snare stand would have been used).
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:16 AM
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Thanks all!

...about that bass mount: I know whatcha mean, but without it the rack tom would be too far to the left for me (I don't like floating it off a cymbal stand, so a snare stand would have been used).
Understood. I'm looking for cash now. How long was your wait?
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:24 AM
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I got my CM's last summer, and I am sure you will love them. The BD mount is fine - I have one too. I am a structural engineer and I have some background in structural dynamics and I would have to say that any argument that the mount hurts the sound is pretty weak. Unless you "listen" to it with an oscilloscope you would never notice anything. My only worry is that if somebody at a bar I am playing at runs into the rack tom it would damage the kick......be careful and congrats!!!

PS - I have the curved spurs too and I love them.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:26 AM
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Beautiful kit, man! And I know first-hand what a great-sounding set of drums those are. Congrats!
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:28 AM
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Understood. I'm looking for cash now. How long was your wait?

Well, I placed a custom order originally, but the wait was going to be six months -- I guess Ludwig is wayyy backed-up. So I checked around eBay and such and seen this kit at Memphis Drum Shop (they have several), so I bought 'em. They were a bit more than I wanted to pay, and the configuration isn't quite what I wanted (I would have ordered the Keystone floor tom mounts), but hey, no wait, and it's a great kit!

The dumb thing is that I just bought a brand-new Gretsch renown kit only 2 weeks earlier -- have it on eBay now -- right here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gretsch-Reno...item1c20230a22.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:28 AM
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B-squared, 8Mile -- thanks!
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:46 AM
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Congrats to you, great kit ... I love mine



"Joe Morello" silver sparkle

14x22 bass (no issue for me with tom mounted on the bass drum)

16x16 floor tom

9x13 rack tom

6.5x14 LM-403 maple snare

7.5x12 Premier Modern Classic birch side snare

Great kit that will last you a lifetime ... mine originally came from MDS too
but I got it used from Bill Marshall who played with Hank Williams Jr for 23 years.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:52 AM
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Love the finish, love the sizes but don't like the hole in the bass drum for the mount. I know the jury is still out on the sound etc but would love to see them without the mount. But I would not push them aside. Great looking kit.
My Jury is in and the mount is cool!
There is nothing wrong with hanging a tom from a bass drum on a "Classic Maple" kit.
I love that kit!
I would have ordered the bass drum with a Rail mount and a classic ride cymbal mount too!
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:55 AM
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That is stunning. Great work, friend!
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:13 PM
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How could any living, breathing human being not be inspired by that kit? I swear, Ludwig could quintuple sales by simply putting that kit in the middle of Times Square in NYC.

Could you divulge price range of what the shells cost? Just curious. Have fun.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:19 PM
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WOW, simple, solid looking, great finish, great setup. Good luck and dont scratch it!
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:24 PM
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Love the kit & head selection, Absolutely beautiful & timeless..congrats.

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Old 10-27-2011, 05:24 PM
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My my my, that is a beautiful thing. Ludwig and Pasite: the best combo there is.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:44 PM
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Beautiful kit man! If you take the black rubber gaskets off of the 402 and replace the nylon strap with Ludwig snare cord.....WOW! What a difference and you'll have the classic sound of the Ludwig supraphonic.
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:00 PM
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Beautiful kit and one of my favorite finishes!! If I ever get another kit, it might be this finish.

Congrats
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:51 PM
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Great looking blond kit, very classy (I like the kit your selling too!). I've got one of those low ride boom stands too. Yours is the only other one I've seen in a forum pic. Does MDS put their logo on drum heads or do the manufactures apply the logo for them?
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:22 PM
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Thanks again all!

areFish: You're VERY observant in noticing the low-rider. I don't know who places the logos, but I wish they weren't there! haha!

cdrums21: Thanks for that advice. I'll take the gaskets off and replace the cord, but I've heard that Bonham had a 42 strand snare wire (mine isn't). Did he?

TFITTING942: No scratches for sure!!! :)

larryz: about $2100 (shipped) at Memphis Drum Shop, but I know a place that's willing to do almost the same config for about $1700-$1800 shipped -- probably $100 or so less without the bass and tom mounts -- but you have to wait almost 6 months. PM me if you need details.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:04 AM
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.....but I've heard that Bonham had a 42 strand snare wire (mine isn't). Did he?
He did experiment with them from time to time.....moreso later on. People think he always had one on there....not true. I've seen a couple of interviews with both Ochletree and Mick Hinton (his drum techs), with both of them saying "he experimented with Gretsch 42 strand wires" That doesn't mean they were a constant addition.

I'm guessing Bonzo liked to mix things up as much as the rest of us.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:53 AM
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^ Thanks for that info. I'm not gonna sound like Bonzo no matter what I do anyways! :-)
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:31 AM
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Nice! But I would prefer a virgin kick and a snare mounted tom. :)
Love the cymbals!
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:57 PM
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Very nice Ludwigs. If I ever decide on the configuration, mine too will probably have the bass drum mounted rack tom mount. It's very convenient and also a classy look.

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Old 10-28-2011, 01:02 PM
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This is my exact dream cymbal set-up. Jealousy abounds.

Those drums look beautiful as well. Pure maple is nice to look at if I do say so myself.

Hope you enjoy, and if you're ever interested in selling one of those cymbals, My inbox always has a slot open... ;)
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:59 PM
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Wow, that's a gorgeous kit! Congrats!
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:51 PM
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Ok.
This is definitely as sexy as a drumkit can get.

Really, I'm just speechless. Congratulations man, take good care of those beauties.

Cheers
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:13 PM
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After a second look, I am surprised to see that three drums came in three boxes. They didn't stuff the tom into the floor tom. Very good to see.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:58 PM
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After a second look, I am surprised to see that three drums came in three boxes. They didn't stuff the tom into the floor tom. Very good to see.
Yeah, my old Pearl Masters mahogany MHP kit shipped the same way -- the box for the bass drum was HUGE!
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:42 PM
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Beautiful kit! Great combination of cymbals and drums!
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I agree, awesome finish and cymbals to compliment it! Congrats!
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