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 .

hsosdrum

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My '73 Vistalite kit had blue/olive badges and I never liked them as much as the keystones. My '90 Classic kit (below) has the large keystone badges, which I prefer to the blue/olive badges, but not to the small keystones on my Legacy Maples.

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My first snare drum was a 1966 Acrolite with the keystone. My first drum set was a 1972 pointy blue-olive. I was amazed at how those two colors seemingly went with all the finishes. I won't ask to add the distinction between pointy and rounded blue-olive to the poll.
 

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My '73 Vistalite kit had blue/olive badges and I never liked them as much as the keystones. My '90 Classic kit (below) has the large keystone badges, which I prefer to the blue/olive badges, but not to the small keystones on my Legacy Maples.

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Nice kit! And you have the best hat in the band.
 

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You have 2 double bass Ludwig kits?
Yes. The black Classic kit (purchased in 1990) is 13/14/16/18/26/26 with a custom snare. It's currently in the closet in my drum room because I like the sound of my Legacy Maples much more and they're much easier to record. But when you're on stage in a loud experimental/fusion band (as I was between '88 and '95) nothing can beat the big black 6-ply Classics!

I even owned a third double-bass Ludwig kit (Vistalites with a bunch of toms) when I was on the road between '73 and '77. I also owned a fourth double-bass kit (a mid '80s-vintage Gretsch USA), and even my kit while growing up was a double-bass kit (an E.W.Kent/Ludwig mashup that became double-bass in 1969).
 

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I used to have a beautiful condition '71' black panther kit b/o badge without numbers but the original owner scribed his sin number on all badges always bothered me then I found this kit and sold them.

Love the Keystone and prefer the pointy B/O, I remember I was surprised how small the b/o badge was. Very cool
 
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Now when I say “both” brothers and sisters, I do not mean nor do I approve of this Supralite hybrid, but somewhere out there a 12 year old is getting his or her first real drum and behold! Nascent nostalgia!

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I know I’m an oddball, but my favorite Ludwigs are right around 1970 when they switched to the B-O badge. Due to some of my favorite drums having been from the early 70s, I am always more interested in those than the 60s drums. I can name 4 or 5 that I wish I had never parted with.
 

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Thankfully you are talking vintage and not modern! I have one B/O LM402 and a 14x14 FT. I have probably 8 vintage KB snares + KB Super Classic and Jazzete kits.....
 

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Say what you will, but the new ones be bold....
I agree, I think it's the better looking of the keystone variants... it just seems more 'substantial' then the thin keystone.


... My '90 Classic kit (below) has the large keystone badges, which I prefer to the blue/olive badges, but not to the small keystones on my Legacy Maples.

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Those are 26" kicks?
 

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I agree, I think it's the better looking of the keystone variants... it just seems more 'substantial' then the thin keystone.




Those are 26" kicks?
I have both but I actually really like the blue olive much better-One of my favorite badges of all time behind the radio king cloud.
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I have both but I actually really like the blue olive much better-One of my favorite badges of all time behind the radio king cloud. View attachment 466878
That's a great image of your Coliseum, I'm digging the dark reflections on the chrome as it's providing very nice contrast to the white Cortex.
I've got a natural maple version, but you've got the Twin Channel D.C. hoops I always wanted on that drum.

Most of my drums have the B/O badge (I have pointy and round corner variants)... The only exception is the hammered BZ with a Keystone variant just before the Chicago factory was relocated to N.C.
I think the drum looks great, but the badge, meh... not so much. I think it has a bit a cheap printing look to it.

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I agree, I think it's the better looking of the keystone variants... it just seems more 'substantial' then the thin keystone.




Those are 26" kicks?
Yup — 16x26.
 

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I like both the small keystone badges and the B/O badge equally. When I started playing drums in 1982, all the Ludwig sets I saw had B/O badges. I got a used 70's Gretsch set for my first set in 1983 and the snare is a 1966 supra. I had never seen a Ludwig like this before and I grew to love the keystone badge the more I got into Ludwig drums and the history. I think the small brass keystone badge that Ludwig uses now looks great. It was not available when I ordered my classic maple set in 2012 so I
went B/O all the way around including the canister.


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