Would a twisted badge on a brand new tom bother you?

dancash409

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Just got the 13" yesterday from Ludwig and I was looking it over last night and noticed that the badge was installed twisted slightly clockwise. It is a new drum that was ordered from Ludwig. QC card shows that it was audited by someone at Ludwig 06/23. I guess they missed it! I took the heads off and looked at everything else. It's flawless including the bearing edges. Only thing is that darn badge! From far away, it's not noticeable but if you look straight at it, you can see it's twisted to one side. In the end, I'm not looking for resale or anything so I guess it's something to ignore. It's gonna just be hung and played and I'll never see it. It is a bit upsetting though to pay $500 for this drum and see a minor flaw like that. Are these badges glued at all or is it just held on there with that ring that's in the vent hole?
Also, how would you feel about it? (would you get it fixed, return it, ask for a some type of credit, ignore it, etc...)
It would be interesting to hear your opinions!
You can clearly see it in the picture:
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Why not just accept it and think of it as a "unique" feature of that particular drum? A one of a kind feature that separates that drum from all others? A unique identifying mark? Bright side outlook!
 

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idrum4fun's post about the bearing edges is unacceptable! Granted, Classic Maple Downbeats may not be top o' the line but going out with a major defect like that is ridicules.
My first kit was Ludwig downbeats. Their construction never impressed me and I was 15 when I got them. I would never include the brand on a list of potentials anymore.
 

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Why not just accept it and think of it as a "unique" feature of that particular drum? A one of a kind feature that separates that drum from all others? A unique identifying mark? Bright side outlook!
Good point! I think at this stage I've chosen to do that. Might as well! I look at it everyday and don't even notice it.
 

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Their construction never impressed me and I was 15 when I got them. I would never include the brand on a list of potentials anymore.
 

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I have a 1971 mod orange club date and the badge on the 14 is crooked. Honestly it bugs the crap out of me. It is what it is though and I'm not moving an almost 50 year old oversight that is very securely in place. It's part of that drums history.

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Just got the 13" yesterday from Ludwig and I was looking it over last night and noticed that the badge was installed twisted slightly clockwise. It is a new drum that was ordered from Ludwig. QC card shows that it was audited by someone at Ludwig 06/23. I guess they missed it! I took the heads off and looked at everything else. It's flawless including the bearing edges. Only thing is that darn badge! From far away, it's not noticeable but if you look straight at it, you can see it's twisted to one side. In the end, I'm not looking for resale or anything so I guess it's something to ignore. It's gonna just be hung and played and I'll never see it. It is a bit upsetting though to pay $500 for this drum and see a minor flaw like that. Are these badges glued at all or is it just held on there with that ring that's in the vent hole?
Also, how would you feel about it? (would you get it fixed, return it, ask for a some type of credit, ignore it, etc...)
It would be interesting to hear your opinions!
You can clearly see it in the picture:
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IMHO- the shop where you bought it needs to know and the Mfgr needs to know. They can't fix a problem they don't know about. Ludwig might contact you.. offer you something or even replace it..
 

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Their construction never impressed me and I was 15 when I got them. I would never include the brand on a list of potentials anymore.
Their construction is pretty perfect considering they even make the shells in house. A crooked badge which is just an ornament doesn't count as "construction". Everything besides the badge on all my drums is flawless.
 

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IMHO- the shop where you bought it needs to know and the Mfgr needs to know. They can't fix a problem they don't know about. Ludwig might contact you.. offer you something or even replace it..
They are aware and they offered to fix it. In the end I passed on returning to fix. More of a time consuming hassle to me than a solution. I already got passed the crooked badge thing, Lol!!
 
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