Ludwig 2012... Club Date is back!

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
I still want one. I have no idea where I'm going to find the extra cash, but this is exactly the kind of kit I've been wanting for a long time.
Well, save your pennies. Just for kicks I was cruisin' eBay for a Ludwig Downbeat sized kit and found a guy with a 12-14-20, and matching 5 snare in red sparkle for $1300. Another guy had the same sizes without the snare made by Slingerland but in super rare PURPLE sparkle and he wants $1800 for three friggin' drums!

Plenty of people are still selling those newer Ludwig Epic Downbeats - but the finishes I'm not really diggin'.
 

KarlCrafton

Platinum Member
I kinda dig that old "club date" stuff because of the vibe it has.

Don't care for the giant rail mount, and I hate a couple of the finish offerings.

DW's RM is a LOT nicer. Even though it's modern, it's less bulky than the Ludwig RM.

The FB stands look nice, and way better than the previous model...but no memory locks again?

I'll wait and see what their other hardware looks like before I form an opinion for myself, but the tilter looks kinda Yamaha/Pearl..... We'll see.

I would have liked to see a rounder look, like the older Atlas/Hercules stuff that LOOKED like "Ludwig Hardware", but they probably use the offset for people who fold down the tilter all the way.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
Well, save your pennies. Just for kicks I was cruisin' eBay for a Ludwig Downbeat sized kit and found a guy with a 12-14-20, and matching 5 snare in red sparkle for $1300. Another guy had the same sizes without the snare made by Slingerland but in super rare PURPLE sparkle and he wants $1800 for three friggin' drums!

Plenty of people are still selling those newer Ludwig Epic Downbeats - but the finishes I'm not really diggin'.
That's why I'm so excited about these kits. Yeah, a vintage 12-14-20 is usually around $1200-$1300 in 1/2 decent condition. often much more $ if in pristine condition. Spending that much cash defeats the purpose of having a "beater" kit for playing small bars, etc. Heck, last time I also bid on a Ludwig 12-14-20 kit, it was thrashed, full of extra drilled holes, and missing hardware, and yet it still went for almost $700.

A vintage looking kit for $800 suites my purpose much better. And it won't require repairing it.

And yeah, those Epic SE kits in the mod colors are pretty ugly.
 

Drumolator

Platinum Member
Personally, I do not care for the one lug in the middle, and I am 55. I'll keep my Gretsch CCJ kit, especially now that the 12" tom sounds as good as the rest of it. I just ordered new cases for them. Peace and goodwill.
 

bonzolead

Platinum Member
I love Ludwig but it seems to me that they just had a lot of "Element SE" stock left over so we are going to try another vintage vibe kit & call it the "Club Date".

If i'm not mistaken the first Club-Date's were Mahogany/Poplar shells which is probably why they went with the Cherry/Gumwood shells.

IMO they should've re-introduced the Club-Dates with the original shell formula they had back when it debuted.

I'm interested in hearing the drums with the new edges though.

Bonzolead
 

bonzolead

Platinum Member
Well, save your pennies. Just for kicks I was cruisin' eBay for a Ludwig Downbeat sized kit and found a guy with a 12-14-20, and matching 5 snare in red sparkle for $1300. Another guy had the same sizes without the snare made by Slingerland but in super rare PURPLE sparkle and he wants $1800 for three friggin' drums!

Plenty of people are still selling those newer Ludwig Epic Downbeats - but the finishes I'm not really diggin'.
Sorry Bo but I still love my "Epic's"...lol



Bonzolead
 

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harryconway

Platinum Member
Ludwig has to do a real "balancing" act here. The old Club Date was not a "cheap drum set". It was more affordable. Used the same 3 ply shells as the Classics. Reinforcement rings, and everything. But no way are they gonna do that today. Just the extra man hours, to glue reinforcement rings into a shell. Big money. What, use Legacy shells, and mount center lugs and "big nail spurs" onto the kit? Hardly. So yeah, they look to Asia for shells, to keep the cost down. They have the connections now, to do that. Connections they didn't have, in the 60's. Would I rather have cherry/gumwood shells over Philippine (luan) mahogany? Yes, I would.​
And as much as I'd like to see the rail consolette, it's probably not offered, simple because it would raise the price too much. Far as I know, Ludwig still makes those, but they're kinda pricey, and vintage parts run $75-$200, depending on condition. The "original" straight" nail spurs? Please, leave those in the past. For a "retro" look, I'd go with fold out spurs.​
My prediction, they'll sell a boatload of these, especially in the "Jazzette" package. You see it here, on this forum. As much as you try to prod people to buy "used" gear ... there's still a huge group that wants "brand new". And, nothing wrong with that. Certainly not my deal, but the world would be a pretty boring place if we all thought the same. And so, there's plenty of cats who will keep their pristine 2 grand drum kits at home, and gig out with a sub-grand kit.​
 

KarlCrafton

Platinum Member
Sticks, Gretsch has used the same lugs, rims etc... forever. It's part of what makes them "Gretsch". Same with Ludwig, Slingerland....

I really don't see how the lugs look "old". Just because they never changed them?
Why would they want to change them?

They're Art Deco, which is a great style IMO, and instantly recognizeable--which a company would want.

The Keystone lugs and brackets are new, on a whole new line.

You might not like them, but I wouldn't ever want them to change the look of the lug.
 

tamadrm

Platinum Member
The only reason people would buy this scary looking thing is because it says Ludwig on the bass drum. It looks like someone pulled it out of a garage sale. I don't get the look at all. Sorry. Just my opinion.
Yard sale? Really?Why all the negativity?I'm a member on a few drum forums,and these kits are overwhelmingly,being touted as something the rank and file drummer yould love to play and own.The current trend is less is more.

Bass drums,lighter hardware for giging drummers.You can't gig 3 nights a week with a 16 piece,rack mounted monster.

Look back through drum set history,and you will find,that whats old is new again.Do you think the uber deep bass drum is new?Louis Bellson,among others was using them in the early 40's. Monster kits..again,something old made new.Drum racks.....not as eladorate,but still being used in the 30's

Dude,I get that you're entitled to your opinion,and I respect that,but your "opinion" here in nothing less that an attack of a personal nature.Your assessment of these drums,without even hearing,playing or seeing them,bears out your brand hatred.

Steve B
 
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sticks4drums

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Yard sale? Really?Why all the negativity?I'm a member on a few drum forums,and these kits are overwhelmingly,being touted as something the rank and file drummer yould love to play and own.The current trend is less is more.

Bass drums,lighter hardware for giging drummers.You can't gig 3 nights a week with a 16 piece,rack mounted monster.

Look back through drum set history,and you will find,that whats old is new again.Do you think the uber deep bass drum is new?Louis Bellson,among others was using them in the early 40's. Monster kits..again,something old made new.Drum racks.....not as eladorate,but still being used in the 30's

Dude,I get that you're entitled to your opinion,and I respect that,but your "opinion" here in nothing less that an attack of a personal nature.Your assessment of these drums,without even hearing,playing or seeing them,bears out your brand hatred.

Steve B
A personal attack on who? The drums aren't real people you know. They look terrible to me. I am allowed to say that. People were allowed to crap all over the new Mapex stuff. Go look at the comments on the new Mapex gear. People crapped all over my badges, when I was showing off my personal kit. I would not do that to someone on here all proud of their new product. This is against a company that lives in the past. Not you or anyone else in particular. They love to recycle stuff. It is obvious. The name on the product is their biggest selling feature. Just My Opinion. Don't take it personally. This is what you guys have been trying to teach me. Right.
 

tamadrm

Platinum Member
But everything looks OLD! Why?
Because drummers love the look.............they always will.Its timeless,classic,and as relevant now,as it was then.

I live in NY city.I love the look of the Empire State Building,built in the depression.I love the look of the Statue of Liberty,St.Patricks Cathedrel,The Richmond town restoration(Colonial ).Its history,and I embrace it.The history is rich here

I understand we have to move foward,but to throw the baby out wit the bathwater dosen't work fo me,and plenty of others.

Check out the history of drumming,development of the drum set,and early drum construction,and developement.You will find that except for heavier hardware,and more variety in everything from cymbals,to finishes.that not a whole lot has changed.Its just reinvented.

Steve B
 
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sticks4drums

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I am not talking about the size of the kit either. I never mentioned anything about the size. I Don't care how many drums someone has. You could add 10 pieces to that kit, and it would not help it in the least. I know people are lazy nowadays, and don't want to carry a lot of drums. That is fine.
 
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sticks4drums

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Because drummers love the look.............they always will.Its timeless,classic,and as relevant now,as it was then.

I live in NY city.I love the look of the Empire State Building,built in the depression.I love the look of the Statue of Liberty,St.Patricks Cathedrel,The Richmond town restoration(Colonial ).Its history,and I embrace it.The history is rich here

I understand we have to move foward,but to throw the baby out wit the bathwater dosen't work fo me,and plenty of others.

Check out the history of drumming,development of the drum set,and early drum construction,and developement.You will find that except for heavier hardware,and more variety in everything from cymbals,to finishes.that not a whole lot has changed.Its just reinvented.

Steve B
Buddy, If you like them, then that is fine. I don't, and have my opinion. My buddy hates the look also. I am sure many other drummers do also. Everyone has an opinion. It is all good. Please don't take offence to it. If it bothers you that much I will get rid of my comments and not make anymore. It is not worth hurting your feelings over. It is just drums. :)
 
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sticks4drums

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I deleted my comments. If you would just get rid of your quoted ones, then they will be gone. I don't need to make you feel like I have felt over and over again on forums. It is not worth it. Sorry buddy.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
Sorry Bo but I still love my "Epic's"...lol



Bonzolead
No no, don't get me wrong. I'm sure the drums are great. And I love those sizes, I'm just not a fan of the finishes. Personally, if they just cranked 'em out in the standard pearls and some sparkles, I think they'd go like hotcakes. Maybe if I wait long enough they eventually will....which is why I hadn't jumped on the Epics yet. But I still may if I ever get tired of nine-pieces of Pearl EXR double bass glory....
 

tamadrm

Platinum Member
A personal attack on who? The drums aren't real people you know. They look terrible to me. I am allowed to say that. People were allowed to crap all over the new Mapex stuff. Go look at the comments on the new Mapex gear. People crapped all over my badges, when I was showing off my personal kit. I would not do that to someone on here all proud of their new product. This is against a company that lives in the past. Not you or anyone else in particular. They love to recycle stuff. It is obvious. The name on the product is their biggest selling feature. Just My Opinion. Don't take it personally. This is what you guys have been trying to teach me. Right.
Count me out of the naysayers,as far as Mapex.

Gretsch is also a great drum company that embraces the past,and there's nothing wrong with that.

I remember the majority of members who posted concerning your new gear being very positive,myself included.The only negative thing some of us said,was that the badges were too big,and distracted from the beautiful finish on those drums.I said that then,and I'll say it again.Why go through the trouble of putting a finish on those drums...second to none...and use a huge badge to cover it?

As far as personal attack...my meaning was that you seem to be personally offended by the new/old club date line.I can understand not liking the look,but before condemning the entire line,before hearing what they sound like,build quality,and playability,not to mention , Ludwig in general.Wait for the jury to be in.

Shooting from the hip is for gun fights.Judge slowly Sticks;)

Steve B
 

bonzolead

Platinum Member
A personal attack on who? The drums aren't real people you know. They look terrible to me. I am allowed to say that. People were allowed to crap all over the new Mapex stuff. Go look at the comments on the new Mapex gear. People crapped all over my badges, when I was showing off my personal kit. I would not do that to someone on here all proud of their new product. This is against a company that lives in the past. Not you or anyone else in particular. They love to recycle stuff. It is obvious. The name on the product is their biggest selling feature. Just My Opinion. Don't take it personally. This is what you guys have been trying to teach me. Right.
The reason Ludwig sometimes lives in the past is because the have a past & it was good until the late 80's..lol

IMO Ludwig isn't. just living in the past the Keystone's are oak/maple/oak shells & have a duel 45 deg. bearing edges hardly vintage heck even my Epic's are a new shell formula.

I personally don't. care for the one-lug Club-Dates but I didn't. like ones from the 60's either.

but there is a market for "Vintage" just look at the new Yamaha Club-Custom series..a Ludwig rip-off..for sure & what are they going for $2500?..oh yeah you get a snare..oooooooooooo..lol

Bonzolead
 
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sticks4drums

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Count me out of the naysayers,as far as Mapex.

Gretsch is also a great drum company that embraces the past,and there's nothing wrong with that.

I remember the majority of members who posted concerning your new gear being very positive,my self included.The only negative thing some of us said,was that the badges were too big,and distracted from the beautiful finish on those drums.I sais that now,and I'll say it again.Why go through the trouble of putting a finish on those drums...second to none...and us a huge badeg to cover it?

As far as personal attack...my meaning was that you seem to be personally offended by the new/old club date line.I can understand noy liking the look,but before condemning the entire line and Ludwig in general.......wait for the jury to be in.

Shooting from the hip is for gun fights.Judge slowly sticks;)

Steve B
I never said they sounded bad. All I said is they look terrible to me. On looks alone, I would not buy them. I only judged what I can see. Hey I bought the damn snare didn't I! :)
The problem with strong opinions, is they usually offend someone. Maybe we should all just stick to positive stuff. It might get a little boring around here. :)
 
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sticks4drums

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The reason Ludwig sometimes lives in the past is because the have a past & it was good until the late 80's..lol

IMO Ludwig isn't. just living in the past the Keystone's are oak/maple/oak shells & have a duel 45 deg. bearing edges hardly vintage heck even my Epic's are a new shell formula.

I personally don't. care for the one-lug Club-Dates but I didn't. like ones from the 60's either.

but there is a market for "Vintage" just look at the new Yamaha Club-Custom series..a Ludwig rip-off..for sure & what are they going for $2500?..oh yeah you get a snare..oooooooooooo..lol

Bonzolead
Yes, everyone has a past. I have spent most of my life trying to forget mine. :/
 
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