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Old 11-02-2011, 08:49 PM
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1968 Ludwig Clubdate



Mapex MBirch



Mapex Saturn


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Old 11-02-2011, 08:58 PM
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Very nice kits. I like the Saturn best. Which one do you favor?
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:30 PM
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Very nice kits. I like the Saturn best. Which one do you favor?
Thanks. The Ludwigs and the Mapex are very different, so it's really difficult to say which I like "best". It really depends on the sound I'm trying to get. Overall, I'd say that the Saturns are my favorite. They sound incredible mic'd up on stage. Getting ready to pull the trigger on a Ludwig Keystone kit.
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:08 PM
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I love the Club date kit.
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:24 PM
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I guess the bonus of buying smaller kits is that you can buy more of them. :) I like the Saturn best. Gee I wonder why.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:46 PM
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I guess the bonus of buying smaller kits is that you can buy more of them. :) I like the Saturn best. Gee I wonder why.
There is a logic to the smaller kits. The Clubdate kit is configured as it originally was back in '68. The Mapex MBirch is a rehearsal hit. The Saturn is one of my gigging kits. It's a 2 up one down that is easy to set up and tear down. My new Ludwig kit is a 1 up 2 down that also is easy to lug around. To me, huge kits are not great to gig with. I'm past the point in my life where I want to move around, set up and tear down a huge kit every weekend. Too much work. Plus.........really.........how many of those drums actually get banged? Really.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:54 PM
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There is a logic to the smaller kits. The Clubdate kit is configured as it originally was back in '68. The Mapex MBirch is a rehearsal hit. The Saturn is one of my gigging kits. It's a 2 up one down that is easy to set up and tear down. My new Ludwig kit is a 1 up 2 down that also is easy to lug around. To me, huge kits are not great to gig with. I'm past the point in my life where I want to move around, set up and tear down a huge kit every weekend. Too much work. Plus.........really.........how many of those drums actually get banged? Really.
I am not doing a lot of moving around right now, but you are right about smaller being easier. My gigging kit is going to be a 6 piece which is the bare minimum I want to play, and yes I will beat all of them. I hate to leave anybody out. :) It really depends on the style of music being played.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:57 PM
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I love the Club date kit.
Yeah, I love that kit. I don't play it that much anymore. That picture is actually not the right one. If you notice, I put the wrong floor tom there for the picture. The lugs are different and its not part of that kit. I wasn't paying attention when I pulled the floor tom to put the kit together for this pic. I've got the correct picture somewhere and I'll have to change it here.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:59 PM
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My gigging kit is going to be a 6 piece which is the bare minimum I want to play, and yes I will beat all of them. I hate to leave anybody out. :) It really depends on the style of music being played.
Very true. BTW, a 6 pc kit is not that large and certainly is manageable.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:25 PM
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Very true. BTW, a 6 pc kit is not that large and certainly is manageable.
3 up, 1 down, all hanging, snare and bass seems to be what I use the most, for drums.
2 crash, one ride, one hat, for cymbals. Maybe China depending on if a song needs it.
One rack, with everything memory locked.
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This would be bare minimum for me.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:27 PM
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3 up, 1 down, all hanging, snare and bass seems to be what I use the most, for drums.
2 crash, one ride, one hat, for cymbals. Maybe China depending on if a song needs it.
One rack, with everything memory locked.
Stool.

This would be bare minimum for me.
That sounds like a very nice set up!
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:22 PM
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Arrived today:

Ludwig Keystone Series in Oyster Mint Glass.

24x14, 13x9, 16x16 & 16x18









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Old 11-07-2011, 08:27 PM
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Very nice, one kit better than the next. The new ones are my favorite this time.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:44 PM
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Mint Oyster Glass Glitter rocks!!
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:11 PM
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Current kits, and soon to be for sale YRC about 4.5 yrs old in piano black; 16x22 /9x10 (twice) tuned obviously different, 14x14 fl.(legged).
Premier Signia trying to get info on when they were first made, this s an early version because theres no tom supports mounts on the tubes. /9x10/10x12/12x14 (legged) 16x20 the color is called Amythest.
Thin 6ply Birch to thin 5ply Maple is a nice change but I think both of the kits are outstanding in their own rite. I wanted a change from the 22 and was first looking for a 20 or 18 in a YRC, but then decided to try a maple kit because I haven't owned one in over 30 years.
The YRC have been mass produced for some time now but as far as Birch shells are concerned I've only played and heard two offerings that I felt were great sounding and thats the YRC and Eames Finetone. I bought a Pearl Masters Birch ( 6ply) a few years back an was extremely disappointed in them and as soon as I set them up and played them they were for sale that night. Others I've played had some attack and a little punch but were void of bottom end. The YRC & Eames have plenty and as far as setting up mics these kits reproduce themselves with the minimum amount of EQ, both are a soundmans delight. I'm a better player for owning both of those high quality kits. Doc
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:28 PM
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A stellar collection of drum kits!
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:13 AM
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See, Sticks4Drums, there's proof Ludwig and Mapex can co-exist happily :)
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:53 AM
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3 up, 1 down, all hanging, snare and bass seems to be what I use the most, for drums.
2 crash, one ride, one hat, for cymbals. Maybe China depending on if a song needs it.
One rack, with everything memory locked.
Stool.

This would be bare minimum for me.
Terry Bozzio over here...

To the OP, those are some beautiful drums you got there. The Club Date is my favorite, I really like old school Ludwigs, there more recent offerings on the other hand...

That said those Keystones also look fantastic. Not as big of a fan of the Mapex, they seem a tad sterile looking to me in all honesty, but to each his own.
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:58 PM
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Not as big of a fan of the Mapex, they seem a tad sterile looking to me in all honesty, but to each his own.
Yeah, but they sound amazing.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:27 PM
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See, Sticks4Drums, there's proof Ludwig and Mapex can co-exist happily :)
All drums can play nice in the sandbox.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:28 PM
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Yeah, but they sound amazing.
What he means to say is that they don't have big, ugly, gaudy lugs on them. :)
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:44 PM
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Yeah, but they sound amazing.
I'm sure they do. I was going to say something along those lines but i focused so much energy on trying to upset Sticks that i must have forgotten. :D

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What he means to say is that they don't have big, ugly, gaudy lugs on them. :)
Which reminds me, I've been wanting to get something from DW...
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:50 PM
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I'm sure they do. I was going to say something along those lines but i focused so much energy on trying to upset Sticks that i must have forgotten. :D



Which reminds me, I've been wanting to get something from DW...
It doesn't take much energy to upset me. I am an easy mark. :) It is funny just how much the lug changes how a drum looks, and how many different opinions there are out there on what looks good, and what doesn't. A lot of the time it also depends on the color that is backing the lug.
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:03 AM
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Arrived today:

Ludwig Keystone Series in Oyster Mint Glass.

24x14, 13x9, 16x16 & 16x18










What a beauty! Would you mind posting some POV photos of the kit? :)
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:12 AM
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What a beauty! Would you mind posting some POV photos of the kit? :)


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