My ever-growing Ludwig classic maple kit

RogerLudwig

Senior Member
So last May I sold the Rogers Londoner kit I bought in 1973 and decided to order a new set from Ludwig. Ontario Music isn't too far away and it turns out that the owner, Todd Trent, was Ludwig's artist rep for years. I visited the shop and they have a couple of Ringo's snares, and one kit each from Bun E. Carlos and AVH. Cool stuff...and they really know Ludwig.

I started with the 8x12 rack; 14x14 and 16x16 floor toms, and a 14x 22 kick, along with a matching maple snare (5x14). I ordered it in July and it arrived in October. In between they got an LM400KT, so I got that, too.

Then in December I ordered a 9x13, which arrived in less than three weeks. Last Friday I ordered another maple snare, this time a 6.5x14 with mini-classic lugs and the Millenium strainer.

Finally, I hope to add a 14 x 20 kick in the next few months. Then I can configure a couple of different 1up/1down and 1up/2down kits with different snares. I don' t like to have two rack toms, so I can switch between the 12 and 13 depending on the venue.

And for the complete gear head, here are the specs:

Drums-Ludwig Classic Maple; 2008 catalog

Kick Drum LB842 14” x 22”
w/10.5mm Elite tom holder assembly; classic lugs; T-handle tension rods; heavy duty disappearing curved spurs

Floor Tom LF844 14” x 14” WMP
w/ 10.5mm Elite tom legs; classic lugs

Floor Tom LF866 16” x 16” WMP
w/ 10.5mm Elite tom legs; classic lugs

Rack Tom LT893 9” x 13” WMP
w/ Vibraband w/P7185AP Elite MT; classic lugs

Rack Tom LT882 8” x 12” WMP
w/ vibraband w/p7185AP Elite MT; mini-classic lugs

Snare LS401TM 5” x 14” WMP
W/ tone control; die cast hoops; tube lugs; Millennium strainer; P-33 butt plate

Snare LM400KT(M) 5” x 14” Ludalloy
Hand hammered; tube lugs; 2.3mm triple flanged hoops; Millennium strainer; P-33 butt plate

Hardware-
• LM926CS x 2 -straight modular cymbal stands
• LM936MBS x 3 -modular boom cymbal stands
• LM917HH -swivel base hi hat stand
• LM922SSL -modular snare stand; low
• LM815FPR -foot pedal with rock plate®
• LM446TH -modular throne
• LM474CBH – Add-on cowbell holder; attaches to bass hoop
• LR257TH – Elite single tom add-on holder with 10.5mm L-arm/ball
• LR2991MT – Classic Single tom holder; 10.5mm
• LR2992MT – Classic Double tom holder; 10.5mm

Cymbals-
Avedis Zildjian
12” A Custom Splash (PT)
Armand Zildjian
14” Armand Hi Hats (MT/M)
20” Armand Ride (MT)
19” Armand Ride w/ 3-rivets (MT)
18” Armand Thin Crash (T)
16” Armand Medium Thin Crash (MT)
10” Armand Splash (PT)

Accessories:
• Latin Percussion brand; Black Beauty Sr.® Cowbell LP228
• Claves; Ludwig; model LE2368
• Maracas; Ludwig; model LE2365
• Guiro; Ludwig; model LE2367
• Timpani mallets; Ludwig (Payson); model L305
• Wire brushes; Ludwig; model L194


the really neat thing about all this is that the money I got for the Rogers kit, including the matching maple Dyna-sonic, paid for all of the new Ludwig stuff.
 

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jayp

Silver Member
Oh man, I am super excited for you, I have a ludwig classic maple in bop sizes and I know how happy I was when I got them, the sound of these drums compairs to none!

Congrats and hopefully you'll have these around to treasure for a long time.

Peace!
 

Cast

Junior Member
My dear Lord that white marine pearl is amazing. I might have just changed my mind from getting a blue oyster pearl to this white. Its just classy. A random question but do they age well? Hear that some white can slowly turn yellow or something. An amazing set congrats!
 
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trkdrmr

Guest
Pure class!

With the Armands + WMP+ Ludwig it looks like the 60's has forged your kit. I always thought Luddies curved spurs looked cool!

That 1st outdoor shot looks like it belongs on a Calendar!

When I get the ambition, I am going to make myself a wall calender with a different kit each month.
 

Mendozart

Platinum Member
That's such a classy looking kit, and in great sizes too! It looks like you've made some very good decisions on a great kit, congrats.
 

baz

Silver Member
...Roger.

Check your family tree, as I think we must be related.

Great set ups you have there, and even though mine are very similar I still feel a twinge of envy.

your cousin barry.
 

Nickkk

Member
..that kit actually makes me angry its so nice. nice work RogerLudwig. very impressive! and i thought i liked my luddies!
 
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fusssion

Guest
There is SOMETHING about the way a Ludwig kit looks,....it's just soooo .....classy!

Also, no offense, but the tube lugs just don't look right to me w/ the Ludwig classic lugs (in combination) I don't know what it is, but for me it doesn't look right..

Now...would I take your kit!! HELL YES :) !!!
 
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Whitedrummer

Guest
One of nicest looking kits I've seen on here, very classy.
 

RogerLudwig

Senior Member
There is SOMETHING about the way a Ludwig kit looks,....it's just soooo .....classy!

Also, no offense, but the tube lugs just don't look right to me w/ the Ludwig classic lugs (in combination) I don't know what it is, but for me it doesn't look right..

Now...would I take your kit!! HELL YES :) !!!
Thanks to all of you for your nice comments. I thought long and hard about lugs on the snare before I went with the tubes, but heck, I like 'em.

Last week I picked up a matching 6.5x16 LS403. I requested the mini-classic/ split lugs and was told that Ludwig no longer builds maple snares with the mini-classics. I could only select from tube and classic....so I went with the big 'o classic bowtie lugs. And it looks great. Particularly with the vintage look I was trying to get with the rest of the kit. I'll post some pics of it in a few days.
 

RogerLudwig

Senior Member
My dear Lord that white marine pearl is amazing. I might have just changed my mind from getting a blue oyster pearl to this white. Its just classy. A random question but do they age well? Hear that some white can slowly turn yellow or something. An amazing set congrats!
I had a set of Rogers WMP for 35 years and it did change color slightly. the key is to make sure your shells are all covered with plastic from the same run. I had a kit with three drums from the Covington factory and two from Fullerton. The Covingtons aged to have a real nice sort of greenish hue to it, but they looked beautiful. I think that is one of the beauties of WMP. However, the Fullertons never changed color over the entire 35 years that I owned them

the photo shows the two rack toms. The top one discolored (a Covington shell) and the bottom one didn't (Fullerton shell).
 

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zambizzi

Platinum Member
Man that's *shaaaaarrrp*! The look and sound of Ludwig drums are second-to-none. I don't know why...but I love 'em. Love the snares, too!
 

RogerLudwig

Senior Member
The LS403WM arrived...nice drum, but I'm still a little ticked off that they wouldn't put mini-classic lugs on it. Oh well, it sure sounds good!

I've added a 9x13 and the 6.5x14 LS403 since the first pics. I'm sure glad everyone has enjoyed them..I know I do. Thanks for looking!
 

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rmandelbaum

Platinum Member
Very cool and Todd is a great guy. He has been the Ludwig guy for years, he has worked with a ton of great Ludwig endorsees, ask him some time ;-)

And I miss Ca, have a Double double for me will ya?
 

baldmann

Member
Beautjful set. WMP is just such a classic finish. I have a classic maple set also. They sound fantastic, best value drums going around IMHO.
 

RogerLudwig

Senior Member
Very cool and Todd is a great guy. He has been the Ludwig guy for years, he has worked with a ton of great Ludwig endorsees, ask him some time ;-)

And I miss Ca, have a Double double for me will ya?
In-and-Out....that's what a hamburgers all about! Hope things are okay it T

Todd is the reason I purchased my kit there..a really knowledgeable and nice guy.
 
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