^^^ This. Ludwig should have updated the brass tube lugs for the 6.5" many years ago, but haven't. I don't like the look of them on a 6.5". Plus, tube lugs have zero tolerance for movement when inserting the rod, hence the easily cross-threading.I agree with JazzDrumGuy that Ludwig's tube lugs look a bit out of proportion (too short) on a 6.5" shell. Another thing I've read about here is that you need to be a little more cautious with tube lugs to avoid cross-threading when removing/changing heads.
Ludwig heads are super popular here, especially the snare side ones. I'm not crazy about the Ludwig batters though myself-- too thin. I believe the regular weight Ludwig is more like a Diplomat and the "heavy" is more like an Ambassador though?How do you guys like the stock ludwig heads?
From everything I've read, this is correct. Ludwig Medium=Diplomat and Ludwig Heavy=Ambassador. I've had a Ludwig COB for a few years now and use the stock heads. Just recently switched to a Heavy batter. Sounds great! The coating seems more durable than Remo too. Unfortunately, it appears Ludwig has drastically reduced their head offerings, now focusing exclusively on snare sizes.Ludwig heads are super popular here, especially the snare side ones. I'm not crazy about the Ludwig batters though myself-- too thin. I believe the regular weight Ludwig is more like a Diplomat and the "heavy" is more like an Ambassador though?
Remo heads have always had that deep collar. It's silly. I gave up on them years ago and switched to Aquarian.I'm always surprised how many like Remo's on Ludwig snares. They never work for me they just about bottom out before I get them tuned and have no rim height above the head which is important for playing cross-stick.