Ludwig Pioneer tuning range

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As mentioned: hoops. I replaced the original hoops with 2.3mm triple-flanged hoops, and the pre-serial Pioneer was 90% of a jazzfest. Hoops are like $10/each.

-Ryan
Exactly! The majority of 60's 6-lug snare drums came standard with 1.6mm hoops. The exception was Slingerland. Their "rim-shot" hoops, aka "stick-savers" were much thicker! For all those other snares, such as Ludwig and Rogers, installing a nice set of 2.3mm hoops will bring the basic sound to a bit higher than "medium". Many times, you only need to swap out the batter hoop and leave the original thinner snare-side hoop intact. Try it and you'll be pleasantly surprised!

-Mark
 

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I've come across similar comments online stating that it's ideal performance is in the low to mid range, with plenty of body. Perhaps I'll need to switch it out when I need something higher in pitch with a prominent crack.
Great for brush work or gut bucket blues
 

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What years were these WFL's? 6L Could they 'go back to 1948?
What year range would the WFL 6.5 6L be in? thanks men
1948-1955 or what..
I used to know (looking up old catalogs I knew the part number -forgot that too- it was a 490 or..) , but wondering if anyone, off the top of their can recall
 
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