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- Aug 9, 2011
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- Houston, TX
This. Don’t let the pressure to have a Ludwig send you down a rabbit hole of trying to obtain the versatility of the Pearl kit. You may not get many Pearl votes on this forum but those two kits are on par with each other (actually the Pearl may be a touch higher in QC), Pearl has much better customer service, has a lifetime warranty on shells, and is much more versatile. I also wouldn’t worry about resale if you’re buying it to play for a long time in a studio.Stick with your original decision and go with the Pearl. You stated versatility was what was important to you, along with tone. The 10-12-16 setup will be more versatile than the 13-14-16.
As far as buying new toms for the Ludwig, that will be hundreds more dollars. Didn't you say the price for the 4 piece was all you could afford?
Pearl has a good warranty and if you call their American office in Nashville, a real human actually answers the phone.
If you have issues with the Ludwig you will be SOL, unless your friend takes them back, which is unlikely I would wager. If that were to happen, or you later wish you had gotten the Pearl(for any reason at all), your friendship could suffer.
You said this will be your drumkit for a long time and didn't want to 'make a mistake.' A used kit, which doesn't even consist of the sizes you want, is more likely to turn into that 'mistake' than a brand new one which does.
Get the Pearl.