2112 got a big delivery of Ludwig drum kits a week or two ago, and this kit caught my eye as being cool, since there's still some novelty with the Classic Oak, and because the Tennessee Whiskey finish includes a matching interior ply. We're the only drum shop with a storefront left in NC (that I'm aware of; there are private sellers who have collection in their homes, but 2112 Percussion is a store), so it's good to show off some drums made in our home state.
I'm really impressed with these drums. My Birch Absolutes are my gold standard, and these are surprisingly close in responsiveness, which really doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but these oak/maple shells speak quicker than Classic Maples I've played in the past. And I definitely like that. If only Ludwig would get their hands on some Hokkaido birch...
As always I'm just trying to reproduce the sound I hear when I'm playing the drums, but it turns out that involves a lot of mics at various distances. RE20/47fet clone on kick, Unidyne III SM57/MD441 on snare, MD421 U5s on toms, KM184 on hats (not high in the mix), 414 ULS overheads, and AEA R84s as room mics.