Ludwig, Gretsch, Sonor Fun

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Having a little fun.
You have to choose between 3 kits.
The catch is, you cannot ever play another drum set ever again for any gig or style.
The kits are all the same sizes although finish is your choice.
Sizes are 12, 14FT, 20x14BD.
Kits:
60’s Ludwig Clubdate
80’s Gretsch Square Badge
80’s Sonor Phonic.
What do you choose?
 

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All three are cool kits, but I'd have to do the Gretsch.
 

D. B. Cooper

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QC issues aside? We're talking ideal specimens of each?

This is a hard one.

Today, I'm going with Gretsch. But I've never played a square badge...

Do we also have to use all of the original hardware?

Might take Sonor...

Ask me tomorrow
 

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Gretsch no question! Square badges are fantastic, underrated drums, not just some 80's throwaway......

As much as I love vintage Ludwig, I'm not a fan of center lugs. And I don't care for German drums, just German cars!
 

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Those late 70s "Fall" colors on those black label Phonics is a love it or hate it. A 20 inch Phonic is a rare bird in any color. Tough call, I have only owned the Sonor and not the others so I will stick with em.

JDA

Here's your bop. I once had an 18 bd with that internal parrallel muffler system. What a heavy drum. I sold it and kept an 18 without the muffler. Still heavy but not spent plutonium boat anchor heavy. The 79 catalog has those big black badges that were short lived. Phonics like high turnings and make great bops.

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Having a little fun.
You have to choose between 3 kits.
The catch is, you cannot ever play another drum set ever again for any gig or style.
The kits are all the same sizes although finish is your choice.
Sizes are 12, 14FT, 20x14BD.
Kits:
60’s Ludwig Clubdate
80’s Gretsch Square Badge
80’s Sonor Phonic.
What do you choose?
Sonor Phonic Please!
 

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The Pork Pie all day lo...wait, what? It's not on the list? Dang... :icon_e_surprised: Someday

Ok, I'll settle for the Gretsch then, torquois glitter please...:)
 

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only thing with Sonor is, every day you wake up you think you're in kilometers..

At least with Gretsch I know I'm near New York or somewhere in Gettysburg...
maybe Geneva-on-the-Lake..or Atlantic City..

Same with a pearl yama/tama. every darn day it's Tokyo.

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Sonor Phonic for me - done the Gretsch thing and have moved on . That German Beech is it for me these days . Plus I think the German Sonor build quality is far superior to Gretsch or Ludwig .
 

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build quality is that a musical term?
How so.
(ha)
i dunno I got a Gretsch set that's 54 years old and looks like new
hasn't a crooked line or anything falling or fallen off..
Have another that's 15-17 years old same deal.
Both likely will out last me.
ha!
 
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NobleCooleyNut

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build quality is that a musical term?
How so.
(ha)
i dunno I got a Gretsch set that's 54 years old and looks like new
hasn't a crooked line or anything falling or fallen off..
Consider yourself fortunate . I did not have the same fortuitous experience as you did with the Gretsch kits I owned . The unique sound kept me coming back , the build quality issues has now kept me away .
 

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I’m gonna take the Sonor Phonic. I think with a change of heads and tuning it can cover more bases.
 

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Gretsch! I've never been able to play one here. Just a matter of curiosity. You might get a Phonic kit within a day for about 400 Euro. A decent Ludwig will be a rare find but a square badge Gretsch?
 


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