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Old 02-11-2007, 06:30 AM
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Well, there it is.
My kit!

What you're looking at:

Ludwig Classic Maple circa 1999 (1998 for the snare drum).

Finish:
Lacquered Cherry stain.

Sizes:
18x14, 14x14, 13x3 (with tubes!), 10x8 (on RIMS).

Heads:
BD, TT & FT - Weathermaster coated Heavy / Weathermaster coated Medium
SD - Coated ATTACK! Thin Skyn / Weathermaster clear snare side

Cymbals (All Paiste):
20" Traditional Light Ride
18" Sig. Mellow Crash
13" Hats (DE Mk.1 top / Sig. Med. bottom)

Hardware:
Gibraltar JZ series cymbal, HH and snare stands.
Gibraltar 7508C throne
Gibraltar BDPM
Gretsch "Left side" tom mount
Camco by Tama BD pedal w/Duplex soft beater attached.

Other stuff:
Zildjian Hal Blaine sticks
Zildjian Cymbal Mallets
Pro-Mark stick bag
Ludwig white retractable brushes.



On top of all that, don't think this is one of those "all show-no go" kits.
This thing sounds every bit as nice as it looks.
I was actually looking for something with a little bit of a different sound, but I wanted to go top end Maple this time around ("this time" being the late 90's).
I looked around and played on just about everything that was on the market at the time and found that all the Maple kits I tried seemed to exude this warm, "cushy" sound. I'd call it "buttery", but that's a bit of an over used term these days.
...EXCEPT...
Noble and Cooley CD Maple and Ludwig Classic Maple.
They had a drier, "woodier" sound that was much more colourful and richer in tone than what I'd been hearing from everything else I'd tried (I think its quite classy!).
Premier Signia Marquis and Garcia (local builder) where akin to this sound, but didn't seem to have the "richness of tone" that N&C and Ludwig's had going for them.
I finally decided on the Ludwig's for two reasons:
1) They had a better dealer network in my area at the time.
2) The LCM's were about 3/4 the price of the N&C's, yet both had litterally the same sound coming from them.

From that perspective, the choice became very clear.






Elvis

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Old 02-11-2007, 06:57 AM
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Default Re: This is all ME, baby!

I dunno.. maybe it's a combination of the camera angle and the fact I'm not used to seeing lefty-setups, but the setup looks kind of.. uncomfortable. Not to be mean, the kit looks fantastic with that glossy, red stain. You have awesome set of pies.. especially that Mellow Crash. Before I switched to Bosphorus I was a huge fan of Paiste, and that one in particular always caught my eye.
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Old 02-11-2007, 07:49 AM
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Default Re: This is all ME, baby!

Uh...Thanks...(I think).
The kit was setup for the pic so it's not exactly in the position I prefer it to be in, but its fairly close...and some of that is the camera angle, too.
Odd, I never noticed that "fish eye lens" effect until you mentioned that.
Thanks for the kind words about my cymbals.
I spent 7 years and more money than I care to think about putting this setup together.
Still looking for a very thin 16" crash to set on the other side of my ride.


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Old 02-11-2007, 08:14 AM
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Default Re: This is all ME, baby!

Looks great, except it's all backwards ;)

Very nice setup there though. Love the stain especially.
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:25 AM
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Default Re: This is all ME, baby!

yeah looks great. i think one reason Kung_f00 said it looked a bit uncomfortable is because the hihat (or to me anyway) looks like its at an angle facing away from you (or whoevers playing).
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:17 AM
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Default Re: This is all ME, baby!

Thanks for the kind words about my kit, guys.

Re: Hi-hat.

Could be, Gutsy. I was thinking more because it looks like the snare drum is about 3 feet closer than the rest of the kit (its not).

Glad you guys like it!

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Old 02-11-2007, 11:55 PM
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Default Re: This is all ME, baby!

I'm guessing it looks funny because the sizes are so small, and we're so used to seeing much bigger drums.

Those things have to sound wonderful! Ludwigs are awesome drums!!
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Old 02-12-2007, 06:10 AM
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Default Re: This is all ME, baby!

Thanks, Danny.

Yes, glad you brought that up concerning the sound of the drums.
I edited my original post and added comments about my impressions of how those drums perform.
I'm really glad I got this kit.



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