Ludwig Centennial - I'm happy!
I'd been shopping for a small kit. I've started rehearsing with a jazz vocal group but I often play a wide range of styles. My budget was slim and to make matters worse, I've grown acustom to high end drums.
By the time I ran across this review I'd already placed an order for the four piece Ludwig Centennial kit with the 22" bass drum in silver sparkle laquer. I was worried.
The kit arrived days later. The silver skarkle laquer (Which wouldn't have been my first choice) was gorgious. The antiqued brass Ludwig Centennial badges are attractive though there is little indicating Ludwig to an untrained eye. All the hardware is sound and seems tough enough.
However, the snare sounded dry and raspy. The tom heads were ringy and harsh and my first impression of the bass drum was less than stellar. No tuning I tried gave the bass drum any sustain. I feared that I had made a big mistake.
I purchased the set pre-owned and it arrived with a set of heavily muffled bass drum heads made by Aquarian. I replaced them with an Evans GQ3 resonant and an EQ4 batter head. I added Evans EMAD foam sound hole muffle. This resulted in a nice round tone with no need for anything in the drum. It feels great under my foot.
For the snare drum I replaced the factory snares and batter head with a set of Puresound snares and an Evans Power Center Reverse Dot head. That took much of the dryness away. I actually like the 'ring' of the snares edge. Overall, it's a very responsive snare.
I put Evans G1 batters on both the toms, an Evans Genera Resonant on the bottom of the 12" and an Evans G2 on the bottom of the 16".
I now LOVE this set! There is not a single drum that I don't get a rush out of with every stroke. Well done Ludwig!
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