Gigging Vintage Ludwig Sets

budrock

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I have 4 60's Ludwig kits. I have gigged them all. Most times they were mic'ed. They sounded great. Got compliments from the sound guys. And we had loud guitar players.
 

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I have a ‘67 22-12-13-16 (looks just like Ringo on the roof), and a late-70’s B/O 24-13-14-18 set - both refinished in natural maple. The ‘60’s have thin shells and a full round over, the 70’s have thick shells and a fairly sharp 45 edge. Very different beasts.

HOWEVER ...

I’d mix and match the drums all the time (22-12-14, 24-12-13-14-16-18, etc., etc.). Head choices, tuning, muffling, and touch could make them sound like one of a whole from out front. That was real educational.

I don’t buy the “fill-in-the-blank drums/shells/etc. don’t work in situation X, but drums Y do” argument. Put the right heads on ‘em, tune ‘em up right, hit ‘em right, and any drum can work in any situation.
 


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