Favorite Center lugs

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Kicking ideas for a build around - 8" deep snare and an 8" deep bass drum. Looking for a not too expensive center lug that doesn't look like 70's MIJ. I'm not trying to look like anything in particular, just a classic look. DFD's Gretsch lugs are ok. I'm on the fence about the Slingerland lugs. Then there's tube lugs. I'm ambivalent about them and they cost a bit more than the afore mentioned lugs, though not like some of the spiffy Pearl arch lugs.

Will bowties work with a riser? What's your favorite?
 

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Ludwig imperials are a super classy choice, but also don’t really scream Ludwig to me when they’re not on a metal shell. If those fail the “not to expensive” test the 60’s style slingerland knock offs look great on everything
 

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I think a center lug on an 8" drum will require unusually long rods - probably 3" or so. Either a nice 4-5" tube lug or if you insist on single lugs,
I like the Radio King repro lugs.
 

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I like the clean, classic look of a single-point lug with tube. Offset or centered, they look good and work VERY well. Available in all different materials, I like polished aluminum or solid brass. You could get a set for the snare drum and a taller set for bass drum, so they match. Or you could do single-point for the snare, double on the bass, or vice versa.


Ludwig Imperial lugs are pretty classy too, of course they’re a fixed length that you’d have to work around rather than buying a lug that’s the length YOU want. If the Imperial length works for your project though, they are awfully nice. I wouldn’t trust bowties for a build, but that’s just me (I’ve experienced full bowtie failure lol)
 

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Ludwig imperials are a super classy choice, but also don’t really scream Ludwig to me when they’re not on a metal shell. If those fail the “not to expensive” test the 60’s style slingerland knock offs look great on everything
I just realized that the Slingerland knockoffs are actually fluted. I though they were smooth from all the pics I've seen (simple convex profile). And yeah center lug won't work on the bass drum without a spacer. Maybe I'll just go with slingerland SE beavertails all around.
 

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For long lugs, I like the long version of the Radio King lug and the 4" Arch 2 lug. They will work fine on a bass drum as well. You'll have a little bit of splay, but nothing too bad.


 

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Showcase the finish, move the lugs to single screw top and bottom. Trick Chrome.
 

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Imperials would be my choice. The flat backed ones come in two sizes

Too bad no one makes a repro of the art deco classic "Rocket" lug.
 

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Showcase the finish, move the lugs to single screw top and bottom. Trick Chrome.
This experiment, should it get off the ground is a bit more utilitarian. Talking to Lane Kennington about some fiberglass shells. Not sure what I'm going to do for a finish - I'll probably shoot it white and clearcoat. I just can't stand the look of the sugarcubes and anything else that looks like it came off a CB/Sunluck. Same for the spikey wierd stuff DFD sells - I'm like - just how many of these things do they sell?


Some of the single point center lugs looked ok, but I'm not crazy about the idea of single point. I guess things are balanced in a center lug, but definitely no to single point single ended lugs.

These aren't bad looking:


I actually like the look of these but at $27 each that ain't happening.
 

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Tough one. Tama superstar or artstar lugs, DW turret lugs, Slingerland lugs. Probably Tama superstars are my favorite.
 


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