Yeah, I love the red strata wrap.Good sets and were a line of drums created to appeal to beginners/a lower budget drummer. The main differences, as Kallen alluded to, are the lugs. I have also heard lesser quality of wood - interiors should be Granitone (a textured type paint).
With that being said - I'm sure you can get a great sound out of them and they definitely have the mojo factor with the interesting wraps.
I would contemplate holding out for a higher quality set for a couple hundred more. Or you might just come across a super classic or downbeat for a similar price if you are patient!
ok I guess I should have said standard lugs are “less desirable to me”, because I much prefer the appearance of Classic Ludwig lugs and I’ve seen multiple references on forums to those lugs being less sturdy, (tendency to cracking?) but I could wrong about that.The standard lug drums are not less desirable. Those are the lugs that are, well, standard for the Standards kits. The classic lug drums are less common, because supposedly Ludwig would only use the classic lugs when they were out of the Standard lugs, which could make them more valuable to the right person. If that set has a wood snare in the same finish (I can't see it in the photo) then that's a pretty good deal. Even if it has a Standard metal shell drum, that's a desirable set in one of the desirable finishes. Those are the same shells as those used in the Classic line. Since these are from the era when the Classics had clear interiors, they may have used the shells that weren't cosmetically as attractive for the Standards and painted them, but that does not mean that they are lower quality shells. If you are looking for a Standard kit for yourself, that's pretty decent. You could offer $750.
Go....go now! : )Still thinking about this kit. The seller has put up more pics and is offering $695 apparently for just the shells (?). It looks like the wrap fade differs quite a bit between each drum. Given this condition, what would be a fair price for just the shells with tom holder and FT legs? https://boston.craigslist.org/sob/msg/d/cambridge-may-ludwig-standard-ruby/7138955316.html