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Old 07-13-2008, 12:47 PM
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Default My new 8-piece Ludwig Classic Birch kit

Below is a pic of my new drums along with Avedis Zildjian cymbals and one Wuhan China cymbal. The tom sizes are 8X8, 8X10, 8X12, 12X14, 16X16, 16X18. Bass drum 18X22 and 5X14 snare. Zildjian cymbals are 2 16" crash, 17 and 18" crash, 20" ping ride, 13" hi-hats, 8" splash and 18" Wuhan china. Hardware is all Ludwig except for the DW double-bass pedal. The color isn't nearly as bright on the drums as it looks in the pics. This kit sounds amazing and the quality top notch!

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Old 07-13-2008, 01:06 PM
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the 8" tom seems strangely spaced out... :D but it's cool. I'm planning to upgrade my shells they'll be the same sizes with another bass drum :)
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:09 PM
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Thats a sharp set man, good job.
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:31 PM
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The set and the cymbals are great for sure but I would be afraid of skewering myself on the hi-hat trying to get to the 8 inch tom.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:06 PM
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Nice kit there - what is the Roc 'n' Soc drum throne like?
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:15 PM
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The set and the cymbals are great for sure but I would be afraid of skewering myself on the hi-hat trying to get to the 8 inch tom.
The hi-hat cymbals aren't in the way but the hi-hat rod is. I plan on cutting it down several inches.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:19 PM
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The hi-hat cymbals aren't in the way but the hi-hat rod is. I plan on cutting it down several inches.
And looking if you do that (guessing ur right handed here) that you could get some pretty cool rhythms going playing double stroke roll on the high hat and then adding the 8x8" tom in with ur left hand and even the 8x10" on your right...
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:27 PM
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Great looking kit! Good Luck! Ludwig Rules!
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:27 PM
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Looks beautiful, take some other angles so we can really see them.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:33 PM
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Very nice kit! Love the color. Although I think you'll be doing some major adjustments to your setup soon.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:54 PM
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Nice! More toms!! Finish looks sweet. How do you like the sound of the drums?
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The hi-hat cymbals aren't in the way but the hi-hat rod is. I plan on cutting it down several inches.
That's what I meant by skewering yourself...on the rod.
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:15 PM
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Nice kit there - what is the Roc 'n' Soc drum throne like?
I'm not fat or anything but it is nice to have a larger throne to sit on compared to what I used to. It's, umm, ergonomically correct so it's more confortable.
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:17 PM
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Forget the 8" tom, how do you hit that cymbal above it? Nice kit, I love Ludwig.
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:17 PM
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That's what I meant by skewering yourself...on the rod.
OK. Yeah, it's about 6" too long and Ludwig doesn't make a shorter version. So I've been told to take a hacksaw to it. That's next on my to-do list.
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:06 PM
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I really dig the look of this kit. My favorite aspect of this kit is the finish (very vibrant and offers a wonderful view of the grain). The classy combo of the Zildjian and Ludwig gives a very cool old-school vibe. I know it will be a labor of love tweaking this setup. Congrats.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:11 PM
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:26 PM
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Nice! More toms!! Finish looks sweet. How do you like the sound of the drums?

Love the sound. I was used to playing an old 5-piece Premier with a set of old Roto-toms so anything is better than what I used to play!

Not that there's anything wrong with Premier or Roto-toms but mine were worn out.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:45 PM
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Wow, that's a fantastic set! I like everything about it. I'm a sucker for a nice blue finish, and the range of tom sizes is awesome. I'd love to see a video clip or hear some audio of these drums.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:26 PM
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Oh, you bastard! That finish is even better the second time around.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:31 PM
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Looks fantastic. I love blue kits.

It's one or two toms too big for me, personally, but I never was a big kit guy.
Great kit and great cymbals, have fun with them!
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:21 AM
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Looks fantastic. I love blue kits.

It's one toms too big for me, personally, but I never was a big kit guy.
Great kit and great cymbals, have fun with them!
Well, how am I supposed to do a decent Neil Peart imitation without a big kit? :)
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Old 07-14-2008, 04:13 AM
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Really nice kit man. love the grain in the finish.Was just wondering what that middle 16 crash is the zildjian logo is one i have never seen? limited edition or from the 80's or something?
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Old 07-14-2008, 04:23 AM
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Well, how am I supposed to do a decent Neil Peart imitation without a big kit? :)
Fair point you've got there. If you're playing Rush you need all the toms you can get. :)
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Old 07-14-2008, 04:47 AM
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Totally worth the extra pics!

Awesome kit!
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:36 PM
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Thats a really nice finish....WOW. Wicked kit dude, all the way sweet sweet drum porn.
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:53 PM
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AWESOME kit!!!!

My favorite looking setup has always been Neil Peart's Ludwig kit he used on Roll The Bones and Counterparts. I've told my wife I'd love to get a Ludwig set-up like it one day, and it seems you have.

Congrats!!!!


Damn, I'm HIGHLY jealous!!!
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:00 PM
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Sweet kit, I love the color.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:01 AM
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Does anyone know what type of A zildjian the middle crash is? check out the weird logo?

in the first photo that is.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:30 AM
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Does anyone know what type of A zildjian the middle crash is? check out the weird logo?

in the first photo that is.
It's a 375th anniversary cymbal from 1998.


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Old 07-15-2008, 04:22 PM
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Nice Especially the cymbals! The finish is sick on those Drums
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:49 PM
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Sweet on this one.

I am in the market for a new set (probably in the next few months) and the Luddy Classic Birch has made my top 5 cut list.
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:22 PM
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Just curious.. doesn't your hi-hat get in the way of your 8x8?

Nice kit!
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:09 AM
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Just curious.. doesn't your hi-hat get in the way of your 8x8?

Nice kit!
Thanks and yes, the hi-hat gets in the way of the 8" tom. I'm going to cut the hi-hat rod down a bit so that I can attack that tom like it needs to. :)
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:53 AM
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really cool set. congrats.
one suggestion. you could solve some problems by setting up like this.



1. you wouldnt have to take a hack-saw to your hihat pull rod (please dont)
2. with three toms measuring 8" depth up top, the set would look really consistent.
3. you can still do the neil peart thing...
4. a floor tom left of the hihat is extremely useful and can look super-badass when you hit the 16 and 18 together.

I noticed that there is a 4" depth difference between your tom 3 and tom 4.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:35 AM
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really cool set. congrats.

1. you wouldnt have to take a hack-saw to your hihat pull rod (please dont)
2. with three toms measuring 8" depth up top, the set would look really consistent.
3. you can still do the neil peart thing...

I noticed that there is a 4" depth difference between your tom 3 and tom 4.
Buy a rod the same size to cut down, that way if you ever want the original, you'll have it...
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:44 AM
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really cool set. congrats.
one suggestion. you could solve some problems by setting up like this.



1. you wouldnt have to take a hack-saw to your hihat pull rod (please dont)
2. with three toms measuring 8" depth up top, the set would look really consistent.
3. you can still do the neil peart thing...
4. a floor tom left of the hihat is extremely useful and can look super-badass when you hit the 16 and 18 together.

I noticed that there is a 4" depth difference between your tom 3 and tom 4.
Wow, thanks for the advice and drawing. I'm definitely considering a floor left tom and in fact have my old 16" tom there now. I didn't include it in the pics because I just wanted to show off the new drums. I'll put my new 16" over there and see how it sounds without it to my right.
Thanks again!
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:17 PM
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That's a sweet kit!

Good going!

The kit set-up suggestion is great too.

A left side ft opens up a ton of sound options with your stickings too.

Once you have a ft on that side, it's hard to NOT have one there I can tell you!

Have fun with it!!
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It's a 375th anniversary cymbal from 1998.

Wow. 375 years. That's a pretty long-running buisiness. In fact it's 385 now.
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