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Old 04-16-2015, 12:10 AM
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Default Finally got my Club Date Se WMP

I got a great deal because they are being closed out by Ludwig.

Great sounding drums- very classic looking also.

My excuse for buying another set is these will be for the smaller rooms we play.
12/14/20 downbeat set- Love the WMP finish.

I settled on Aquarian coated single ply with the stock Chinese reso heads.

Superkick 1 bass drum batter.

I might port the bass resonant head- sounds very full unmiked- but might be too boomy through the PA- plus My other kicks are ported and it feels strange to me.

Thanks for all the reviews of these drums that led me to them.
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Old 04-16-2015, 01:29 AM
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Nice classy kit.
Don't you find SK1 over-muffled?
Suggestion - Don't port, and try a PS3 or Emp batter on bass drum. Boom!
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Old 04-16-2015, 01:38 AM
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Those look really nice. I'm completely jelly doughnuts looking at them.
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:27 AM
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Im sitting here and I'm taking a break from getting my CDSE kit ready for two upcoming weekend gigs. I hadn't played it in a few months. I don't gig during the New England winter. My gig season is starting up this weekend. I have owned mine since 2012. I love it. It is my go to gig kit because it is light, easy to transport and set up, and great sounding.
I also chose the WMP finish with the matching snare.
Nice drums. Im sure that you will enjoy them to the max.
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Old 04-16-2015, 01:11 PM
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Opentune- I may try something else at some point. It is just easier to mike the bass drum with the muffled head and a port. That 20x14 bass drum has a very impressive thump for its size.

I have a mount and cymbal L-arm to put on the bass drum, I just haven't had time yet.
We are playing one gig this month and I have to use someone else's kit-(that is another thread...), so I won't actually get to play this set out until May.

It does have a really full sound and it looks the part of a vintage kit with the exception of the rims type mount on the 12" tom. I am debating drilling the shell and attaching the mount directly ala Bobdadruma.
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Old 04-16-2015, 04:52 PM
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Looks good, nice set up. I'm diggin' it. (Fingers snapping sound).
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:24 PM
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We had a pop-up gig (cancellation and we got a call) last night.
I got my cymbal arm mounted and took out the new Club Date SE kit.
Who at Ludwig designed a kit that
a) The rail mount does not fold anywhere near flat.
b) The bass drum legs need to be turned around in order to fold up.

I know those "defects" have been discussed here- I am pondering an 8mm nut or grinding down the T-bolt as others have done.- Anyone want to comment on how these "modifications" have worked out long term??

That aside- the kit sounds and looks great. I had a guitarist from another band come up and ask me what year they were- he thought they were '65's.

Bandmates were a bit peeved that I didn't have the band name on the front head, but I haven't gotten one yet- working on it.

Hollywood Jim - You are correct - the SK1 is a bit too muffled- I am going to get a ported resonant (with the band logo) and see if that opens it up a bit. If not then I will have to try another batter with less muffling.
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:11 PM
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The kit looks great ron.
Finding a different wing nut for the rail shouldn't be a problem.
I used one from a cymbal stand that had wings that pointed down that worked perfectly.
Nice job on the cymbal mount.
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Ron s, its a classic set, classic look, nice. Months ago I was tempted to buy a club date snare (14 x 6, ok???). what´s your opinion about it??? Thanks!!!
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:36 PM
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I have a 14x 6.5 and It is a great snare for the money. it sounds as good as snares double the price.
I replaced the snares and both heads. you don't need any dampning due to the full roundover bearing edges.
I highly recommend the snare and the full CDSE kit.
Others on here have the snare in both sizes and have good things to say also.
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:22 PM
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Congrats, she's beautiful. I love mine. I have my 12-14-20 set up at home (at the moment) and the 13-16-22 packed ready to go for gigs.

As for the rail mount, I just remove the front/top part for pack up. Even if it did fold down correctly I still wouldn't be able to pack it in the 20" bag I have because it's a bit snug. I also remove the spurs and pack them with my hardware. No big deal as far as I'm concerned.

And yes, the snare rocks.
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:40 PM
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Drumdevil- Nice pic for avatar- I love Peter Criss's drumming on Alive!
Kiss and Black Sabbath are my favorite bands.

anyway- I found removing the front of the tom bracket a pain because of the washer and spring. I just bought a wingnut that fit (I think 9mm ??) and the arm folds down. However.... I have not tried putting it in the bag yet.
last gig I used my 22" Element kit. We have a few coming up in June that I will be using the CD due to small stage area.
I found it cool to see how quickly I adapted to a four pc kit. My guitar player was like " it sounded like you had your 5-piece" which I took as a positive comment. There are a lot of different fills that lend themselves to a one up one down set.

I put a ported resonant head on and cranked it up- that 20" kick sounds like a cannon now.

Thanks for all the help and advice on Drummerworld!
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:43 PM
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"I got my cymbal arm mounted and took out the new Club Date SE kit.
Who at Ludwig designed a kit that
a) The rail mount does not fold anywhere near flat.
b) The bass drum legs need to be turned around in order to fold up.

I know those "defects" have been discussed here- I am pondering an 8mm nut or grinding down the T-bolt as others have done.- Anyone want to comment on how these "modifications" have worked out long term??"
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I have the 12-14-20 CDSE in Blue Oyster and love it. I found replacing the tom mount with a wing nut allows it to fold down flat enough to fit into my Ahead Armour 20 x 14 Bass Drum Bag. I can also just fold down the spurs and fit in the drum w/out removing the spurs. This tear-shaped bag design provides plenty of depth to fit in the drum (and remove it easily enough) without removing either of these items.
Re your cymbal mount: This is something I've planned on doing soon. What brand mount/size cymbal arm did you use and did you drill it into the shell? Can you post a larger photo of the mount on the bass drum?
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:30 AM
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Drumdevil- Nice pic for avatar- I love Peter Criss's drumming on Alive!
Kiss and Black Sabbath are my favorite bands.

anyway- I found removing the front of the tom bracket a pain because of the washer and spring.
Peter is a huge influence.

I chuck the springs in all my tilters. Completely useless.
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:32 AM
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"I got my cymbal arm mounted and took out the new Club Date SE kit.
Who.

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Re your cymbal mount: This is something I've planned on doing soon. What brand mount/size cymbal arm did you use and did you drill it into the shell? Can you post a larger photo of the mount on the bass drum?
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Sure- you just find the right position for you and mark the hole locations using the gasket. Peen the hole marks with a punch and drill. I used a Ludwig mount , but Gibralter has a round one that looks good and is less money,
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:04 AM
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Sure- you just find the right position for you and mark the hole locations using the gasket. Peen the hole marks with a punch and drill. I used a Ludwig mount , but Gibralter has a round one that looks good and is less money,
It's that simple. The gasket becomes your drilling template.
One word of advice, take your time and experiment until you find the exact location of where you want your cymbal mount to be located on your bass drum.
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