I own a 1958 WFL (13/16/22) in White Marine Pearl and an early 70s Ludwig Big Beat (12/13/16/22) in red sparkle wrap. I love them both for different reasons. The 3ply maple/poplar/maple of the 70s has a bit brighter of a sound.. still a warm sound but not as much as the WFL. If I'm playing a funk//blues/rock/soul gig, I go with the 70s Ludwig most of the time. If I'm doing a blues/classic country/classic rock type of gig, I like using the WFL. It's all preference, of course. The 3ply mahogany/poplar/mahogany shells are just awesome. They sound like drums should sound!