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Recent Ludwig Standard purchase?

30 April 2018 - 07:06 PM

So, I bought this as an (admittedly) rewrapped Ludwig standard (good enough price and it sounds great, so no complaints). When it arrived I was a. Surprised to see that the shell was mahogany/poplar/mahogany rather than maple/poplar/maple, b. Disappointed at what a mess had been made of the vent hole.

Sanded a little patch of the white paint to make sure the interior mahogany was horizontal (it was). So is this a standard? Is it some other ludwig drum? Something else entirely?

(By the way, my other kit is 65 BDP Slingerlands, which this drum looks lovely with - but that stays at band space, the duco orphans go in the shed.)

Also for the record, I went ahead and installed one of those modern nut and bolt style vents and it looks much cleaner now.


mic placement when using vocal mic on bass drum

08 March 2018 - 09:59 AM

so, my Beta52 crapped the bed (it went through a house move amid two years of non-use so there's no telling what happened) . . . and I don't really have 200 to spare right now on a fresh bass drum mic, but we want a little reinforcment in the mix for our show this weekend
(sort of a Chicago Blues/Memphis Soul/New Orleans R&B with some British Blues rock thrown in).

I've really got the sound of my 20" Slingerland dialed in for this band right now, with unported heads medium high (high for rock) tuning, and a little bit of muffling, so I don't want to switch to the ported head, I think we are gonna use some AKG vocal mic we have to spare (the guy who owns the 57 insists on using it for his vocals)

Trying to allow the general vintage sound of the on-stage drum to be the main sound in the room, just want to have the ability there to push it through a little better if the other instruments are too much in the mix up front (and the band could use the kick in their monitors to keep everybody together on Cissy Strut!)
I am thinking more or less the same as I would do with a proper bass drum mic - pointed not quite straight at the res head, just a bit off center, about 3" off?

Other thoughts, please?

Duco Orphan project

01 March 2018 - 03:05 PM

Might’ve posted this earlier in its development, but it’s nearing completion, so I figured I’d share. Floor tom is a yard sale find I painted up myself. I figure for a late 60s/early 70s blues/rock single headed tom sound floor tom “quality” isn’t really a big deal (and I’ve got my beautiful ‘65 20/12/16 Slingerlands with double headed toms when I want the real pure vintage open sound)

14x22: 1962 Slingerland
8x12 Mid 60s Rogers
15x16 80s or 90s CB700 (yeah? SO!)
5.5x14, 6 Lug 1968 Slingerland


Shipping a full kit

24 January 2018 - 10:44 AM

so I'm sure the topic has been addressed generally, but my specific question was kind of hard to search for succesfully.

I have a kit currently on Reverb for local pickup only, and am trying to get packing materials together (without spending a lot of money) to also list it for domestic shipping.

What would be a good "Worst Case" shipping cost to use? Like if I gave up and just had UPS pack the thing for me, what would I likely be looking at?
(12x22, 8x12, 16x16, no hardware other than the rail and the floor tom legs, 3 ply shells)

I always end up underestimating my shipping costs on bass drums/kits and have my proceeds cut into more than I was prepared for.

Blue Sparkle Ludwig New Yorker (62) plus floor tom (64)

16 January 2018 - 09:47 AM

Yeah, I'm selling them. Currently listed on Reverb, but will sell directly as well.

Still not gigging enough to warrant sitting on two nice vintage kits AND the orphans. So I'm gonna go back to just the 20/12/16 Slingerlands and the Duco Orphans and make some scratch by selling the most valuable.

Currently local pickup only, I will list for shipping if and when I can get the packing materials together for free. I'm in no hurry.

here's the link: