Does anyone know the reason for this move?! To me, it seems functionally less practical, as well as asthetically detracting to the beauty of the badge. It bugs me, and I just can't think of any practical reason they'd do it. Insight, anyone? Thanks!
Yeah it allowed for uniform drilling since the resulting drums could be considered "omnidirectional" as far as placement on the bass drum or a floor stand. The bracket was placed 180° from the muffler/badge location so regardless of being mounted on the left or right of the holder the badge and muffler ended up on an equally odd spot. Plus if someone ordered an add-on tom Ludwig didn't have to worry about how to drill it. When the wrap rivets came in I think they moved the wrap seams to line up with the mounting brackets to help hide the rivets. It was all about ease of production.