Poll: Keystone or Blue/Olive badge?

Keystone or blue/olive badge?

  • Keystone

    Votes: 29 70.7%
  • Blue/olive

    Votes: 7 17.1%
  • Both

    Votes: 5 12.2%

  • Total voters
    41
  • Poll closed .

Jazzhead

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So I will be honest, the keystone is the original one and has mojo but the B/O sometimes surprises me! I saw a B/O on a silver sparkle kit and I was sold. Same on natural maple kits, looks amazing!

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I kind of chuckle at the differences between my first impressions of each badge.

I grew up in a house knowing Ludwig by the Keystone badge on my Dad's 1968 Acrolite. As a marching snare drummer in the VFW and concert snare player in our local concert band, he bought it to have a practice snare at home.

I'm one year younger than that drum, and I played on it all the time as a kid (Thank you, Dad). In fact, there's a picture of me drumming on it, sticks ablur, age two.

By the time I see the Blue/Olive badge, I'm in school. So for a long time in my mind, Keystone represents an adult musician's instrument. B/O is what you find on a student's drum in a middle school band room.
 

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There are not too many companies (drums or otherwise) I can think of that have kept two distinct logos going for such a long period of time.
 

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keystone evidently
 

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Keystone WFL's

B/O clear int's no later than 72 .

B/O Supraphonics

Keystone Acrolites

Either one
 
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Oi, Jazzhead! What kind of rinky-dink poll is this where I can’t chose both?

My first kit were 60’s Keystones, the perfect vibe for that era.

My second kit, Vistalites, were B/O, again, perfect for the era (although I hated the logo when I got the kit).

Today I have Classic Maples with the forcefully cool (apocryphal?) melted trumpet keystones.

But the gravitational pull of nostalgia, never seen but always felt, tugs me towards both poll entries at once.

I cannot decide, nor should I be expected to.
 

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Oi, Jazzhead! What kind of rinky-dink poll is this where I can’t chose both?

My first kit were 60’s Keystones, the perfect vibe for that era.

My second kit, Vistalites, were B/O, again, perfect for the era (although I hated the logo when I got the kit).

Today I have Classic Maples with the forcefully cool (apocryphal?) melted trumpet keystones.

But the gravitational pull of nostalgia, never seen but always felt, tugs me towards both poll entries at once.

I cannot decide, nor should I be expected to.
Let me add “both” for you.
 

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My first kit was a Keystone early-ish 60s.
To this day, I'm not a fan of the bizarre way they tucked the wrap into the shell layup that formed the Ludwig Bump.
Give me an early 70s clear Maple innerds B/O any day of the week.
Love the clean buildout ... and the sound ain't bad at all.

I will add ... when the B/O first appeared, I was not a fan of the look.
It grew on me with the passage of time ... and with the appreciation of shell buildouts.
 

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I have the best of both worlds - 2013 FAB in OBP with Keystone badges and FAB 2014 in Butcher Block with Blue/Olive badges! The kit I have set up is the Butcher Block with OBP keystone badge snare! The catalogue I grew up with was the '71 - my favourite kit was the Downbeat in Sky Blue Pearl - and it was the B/O badges...
 

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I think the B/O badge was Ludwig's attempt at a more modern image. They're both iconic at this point. Although, the newer "thick" keystone badge is the classiest of all, IMO, especially when it has a darkened patina.
 


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