In theory maybe.... I have owned three Ludwig sets. I wish I could have gotten that sound. It sounds distinctly Gretsch. Could be that their hoops, shell configuration, and bearing edges has a lot more to do with it than realized. But, who knows? Maybe its that "Ludwig great sound" that I like so much with these?These drums are maple/poplar shells. The great sound was maple/gum. This are more like the classic Ludwig sound.
True... Back when Mars Music was in operation, I went to listen to a musician contest. There was a set of conga drums on stage and a series of players took their turn. One sounded dull and boring. The next player (same congas) made them "come alive!"No offence but none of you would sound like him on that set, I am of the theory its not the drums but the drummer.
I have a set of Austin era Fibes with Jasper shells, I am thinking about putting die cast hoops on them and some thicker bass drum hoops. I really wanna love these drums but I find myself always gravitating back to my Pearl BRX with die cast hoops.I appreciate the Broadkaster and Brooklyn series drums as fine drums . The great Gretsch sound for me comes from the standard maple/him shell with diecast hoops . It is a classic sound .
The last Gretsch kit I owned was purchased from a forum member that originally ordered the kit with 302 hoops . The drums just did not sound right with those hoops . I traded the 302 hoops for diecast hoops and there was the classic Gretsch sound .