Opinion on Ludwig Drums from a Former Employee

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INDeDrum, I know you're doing everything you can to promote your own product and I wish you the utmost success, but I had a question come to mind and thought you might be most qualified to answer (you being a drummer, designer and a former employee)

What in your opinion is the best line of drums Ludwig currently sells. By 'best' I mean a combination of fit, finish and sound?




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Interesting question! Quality wise, all of the USA made stuff is roughly the same. The same people, equipment, and quality checks are used on all of the product lines. I like the Legacy Shells because of the unique construction, and they have a very unique sound. Not very versatile, but nothing but Ludwig sounds like them.

But overall, in my opinion, the best drums currently in their line (and the closest to what I am doing with Independent Drum Lab) are the new Keystone X. Good shells and simple design. There are still some things that irk me (don't care for the spurs, gaskets everywhere, tension rod splay on bass drums).

I will probably get a lot of disagreement on this, but IMO the best drums Ludwig ever made? Signet. Lightweight hardware, thin shells, suspension mounts (which are now moving onto other lines), the lug design is unusual but works well, and eliminates mounting screws. Great sound. Total marketing flop, but great drums.
 

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The best Ludwig drums ever made were the ones played by Bonham.
Oh, and Ringo as well.
 

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I think it would be great if Ludwig took the Signet concept and applied it to the Classic Maple line... pack the drums in one box and the shell hardware in another... I would be happy to install the lugs, spurs, brackets - etc - and the heads and hoops myself... For me - the Signet line just didn't have the Ludwig look...
 

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john14 said:
I think it would be great if Ludwig took the Signet concept and applied it to the Classic Maple line... pack the drums in one box and the shell hardware in another... I would be happy to install the lugs, spurs, brackets - etc - and the heads and hoops myself... For me - the Signet line just didn't have the Ludwig look...
Maybe someone with more insight on the current drum market has a better handle on the failures of Signet, but If I was a young drummer looking do spend money on a new kit I'm not sure I would want to build it myself.
 

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& You Dont Stop said:
I think it would be great if Ludwig took the Signet concept and applied it to the Classic Maple line... pack the drums in one box and the shell hardware in another... I would be happy to install the lugs, spurs, brackets - etc - and the heads and hoops myself... For me - the Signet line just didn't have the Ludwig look...
Maybe someone with more insight on the current drum market has a better handle on the failures of Signet, but If I was a young drummer looking do spend money on a new kit I'm not sure I would want to build it myself.
If you were a young drummer looking to spend money on a new kit, the name Ludwig wouldn't even cross your mind. :)
 

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The Signets HAD to look different from the rest of the line. Classic Maple is the bread and butter of Ludwig, if people started buying Signet, a cheaper, lower margin drum instead of Classic Maple, it would be detrimental to the bottom line. Signet was designed to attract a customer that would not have considered Ludwig otherwise. It didn't work, but that was the idea.
 

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bongomania said:
I think it would be great if Ludwig took the Signet concept and applied it to the Classic Maple line... pack the drums in one box and the shell hardware in another... I would be happy to install the lugs, spurs, brackets - etc - and the heads and hoops myself... For me - the Signet line just didn't have the Ludwig look...
Maybe someone with more insight on the current drum market has a better handle on the failures of Signet, but If I was a young drummer looking do spend money on a new kit I'm not sure I would want to build it myself.
If you were a young drummer looking to spend money on a new kit, the name Ludwig wouldn't even cross your mind. :) If I saw the kit from across the showroom floor, I probably wouldn't recognize it as a Ludwig product.
 

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& You Dont Stop said:
The best Ludwig drums ever made were the ones played by Bonham.
Oh, and Ringo as well.
Did Bonzo ever have Vistalites in the studio or were all the LZ albums made with plywood drums?
Based on my knowledge, he reserved Vistas for live. Wood for the records.
 

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I think the Classic Maple sound marvelous!
I agree. I am always pleasantly surprised when I hear a set of Classic Maples. They sound so good, and they still are the best bargain for USA-made drums.
 


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