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Ludwig Still Going Strong !

by Boone Hawks
(St. Pete, FLA, U.S.A.)

Ludwig Accent

Ludwig Accent

Hi, Boone Hawks here.

I've been a devoted Ludwig drummer since 1969. I've tried other drum companies along the way but always returned to Ludwig. I kept notice of drums and drumming trends and Ludwig would usually be the first with new innovations that mattered and that would stand the test of time.

William F. Ludwig Sr:

William F. Ludwig Jr. & his son William F. Ludwig III stayed on top of things making Ludwig drums world famous and very sought after.

The company is over 100 years old and along with its subsidiaries, produce many fine percussion instruments.

My 1985 Ludwig Rocker kit will kick the pants off just about any set, remained perfectly round & true and they've been on the road for 25 years, refinished 3 times and the chrome is still good.

When other drummers play my kit, they say "I get to play a set of Ludwigs", Ludwig drums are the top dogs in the business.

Ludwig's new line: Accent CS drums:

I saw the new Ludwig Accent CS drums on line. I wondered how they compared to Ludwig's top dollar Classic line? So, I went over to my local big music store and they were.

The kits were all set up and looked Great! The finishes were cool, the chrome bright and they were LUDWIGS. I waited until the store cleared out a little and tried 2 of the kits after tuning them a little.

My opinion: Great! They sounded pretty close to the Classic line, I would recommend them to anyone in or about all situations, live, studio & road work.

I'm an old geezer now (55 years) and used to the way things were. The only thing that stands out as funny to me are the small lugs, the oval badges & what's up with the rack tom holder?

Try 'em, Buy 'em, Love them....They're Ludwigs !


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Jan 29, 2011
by: mmp

Hey guys,

I'm not a drummer but I've always wanted to play drums as a kid. My parents wouldn't let me knowing I would probably lock my bedroom door and bang on them if I was to get upset. So, I've been playing guitar for 10yrs. I've decided to buy a jr drumset to teach myself. And purchase a real one once I move to a bigger place and also I get better/good.
My friend told me to get Lugwig but I also found PDP for same price pretty much. Which one makes better drums? I read that Lugwig has been around for a very long time. Original price for the PDP was more than Lugwig so I can't decide which one would be better.
I listen to all different kinds of music. Ideally, I would be playing alternative rock since I already can play the basic beats for rock.
I feel like i'm asking a really stupid question. i do apologize for the lack of knowledge for drums. As I said, I've never played drums and been dreaming for a long time.

Jun 08, 2010
Ludwig Drums
by: Tom

This company has a legacy that is impossible to beat. Yes, Gretsch and Sonor have been in business a few years longer than Ludwig but when it comes right down to what it's all about, sound, Ludwig wins at every price level. My first pro kit was a Ludwig Keystone circa 1969. I have played a few other kits along the way, Gretsch, Premier and PDP to be specific. These are all pretty good drums but they're not Ludwig. Based on the reviews here and elsewhere and talking to all kinds of people around the US and Canada I have again, chosen Ludwig. I have replaced all my gear with 2 Ludwig kits, an Epic X over walnut, maple walnut jazz kit (12,14,20) and the very cool Ludwig Epic Modular all birch kit. I love both of these kits and they will stand me well for the rest of my career. Thanks Ludwig!!

Jun 08, 2010
Thanks Tom
by: Boone Hawks

Hi,Boone Hawks here:
Thank you Tom for your comment !
And again, thank you for the information about
Sonor and Gretsch drums being over 100 years old.
It sounds like you've been putting together some great Ludwig kits over the years.

I remember trying the Ludwig "Vistalite" drums.
They were loud and powerful with a radically different sound then that of wood. The only style
of music that they seemed to fit in my opinion was Hard Rock. The snare & bass were good. The toms were thuddy without much tone at most tunings and very heavy. But they do look cool.

On a different note: Is it my imagination or was the Ludwig "Speed king" pedal one of the best pedals ever built? (up until the new generation of kick pedals with the super bearings and advancements). Ludwig Speed King ! Yes or No?

Jun 08, 2010
Hi Boone
by: Tom

Hey Boone, nice to meet you! Regarding the Ludwig Speed Pedal, my very first drum kit as a youngster was called Bolero. It came with a Pearl steel snare and of all things, a Ludwig Speed Pedal. I've since learned that it's likely that those Bolero drums were actually made by Pearl but I can't be 100% sure. Anyway, when I got my Keystones, they also had a Speed Pedal. I think that good quality modern pedals probably have some advantages over those older ones, but the first "non" Speed Pedal that I ever put my foot on was when I bought my Premier kit and a Premier pedal along with it. I'm using Tama pedals now and they are so good that I will save a bit of dough and keep them for use with the new drums.

Jun 08, 2010
PDP Drums
by: Boone Hawks

Boone Hawks here:
Let me start by saying it's a great pleasure to meet you also Tom !

Now Tom, I need your opinion of the PDP drums you've played a while back.
When they came on line, they looked really nice and also looked great in the catalogs. I read a number of reviews and watched a handful of videos that left me undecided?

So, with an open mind, I went to go see for myself. I pulled in to one of my areas great music stores, went in and they had 5 or 6 kit models with cymbals set up.
I stood in front of the PDP drums and stared at them, they stared back. I didn't know what to think?
I saw a gigantic 24" Kick drum and the snare & toms were all small and odd dimensions.
I don't mean I'm against change (look at the all roto-tom kits. When tuned right, they kick butt).
So, I didn't play the PDP's cause it looked like I'd brake them?
Do they project ? And will they fall apart?
I need some other drummers opinions.

Jun 08, 2010
PDP Drums
by: Tom

Hey Boone and everyone. Now, let me be clear on the PDP set that I still own, haven't had any bites on the sale of it yet. I have owned this kit for 18 months. I bought it new but it is a kit that was built in Mexico in 2006 according to the stamp on the inside of each drum. Mine is a CX model. It has a 20 lug, 22 inch bass drum and a 20 lug 14 inch snare. The toms are 10,12 and 14 inches. The 10 and 12 have 12 lugs and the 14 has 16. This kit is very well built and has seen several gigs and lots of hauling around and has stood the test. That said, I've seen a couple of new X7 kits that are now built in China not Mexico. 16 lug bass drums and snares, drum hardware is not at all as sturdy as mine. So, I would not dare say that the new PDP kits are as well made as the previous models. It is very difficult to tell my kit from a DW set unless you read the badge on one of the drums. Not so with the newer PDP sets. That said, PDP's prices are extremely low and therefore, in my opinion they're still worth the money but for heavy use, they would not be my choice. The sound of my kit is pretty good with high quality Remo heads but does not match my Ludwig sets. Then again, the PDP set was quite a bit less dough than either of the Ludwig kits.

Jun 08, 2010
Ludwig - vs - Canopus Drums
by: Boone Hawks

Boone Hawks here:
With all of the new and old drum companies on the
market today it's hard to tell what's good and what's bad from advertisement !
The latest drum company to catch my eye & ears are Canopus drums.

I first noticed them when I saw the Ventures play a show in New Jersey in 2000 (Bob Bogel was on bass)!. Leon Taylor's drums were Canopus.
I'll say this about Canopus, they projected way past 7th row center without help from the P.A. system, maintained warmth & tone and were jaw dropping, just the kind of sound you wanted to hear.

With all of the competition out there, somebody
has to take the bull by the horns. This would be Canopus drums from Japan. These are custom made top dollar drums that take a while to get if you want something different besides one of the few kits that are already in the stores.
The company does not mess around, the drum is perfect or it doesn't ship.

Ludwig vs Canopus:
Now, being a devoted Ludwig drummer, you'd think I would be biased toward Ludwig?
I love my Luddies, but in my opinion(and everybody has one) Canopus kicks the pants off all of them ! I can't speak about any additional hardware, just the drums.
What is your opinion of Canopus drums? Yes or No?

Jun 08, 2010
The Ride Cymbal - A different sound
by: Boone Hawks

Boone Hawks here:
A different sound for the ride cymbal?
The ride cymbal is the part of the drum kit that can be used to express a wide range of sounds and emotions.
We all know the 4 basic sounds we can get from the
ride cymbal.
1. The bell
2. Using the stick, riding in the traditional way
3. Using the ride as a crash
4. Using soft mallets and raising the sound

This new sound works best for Rock with a 20" & larger MEDIUM ride.
It may be difficult to get this sound from a heavy ping ride cymbal.

-Take the stick and at about a 45degree angle, hit
the edge of the cymbal with the Side of the stick and bring up the sound.
Creating a massive roaring cymbal sound (once you get it going you can't hear the stick).

This Giant bombastic sound will make the lead player, Play his butt off and the crowd will love it !
This is quit different from the usual crashing & bashing of the cymbals.
Use this sound with caution ! It's not for pussy catz.

Jun 08, 2010
Drumming - The basics
by: Boone Hawks

Boone Hawks here:
Playing drums on a kit has gone through a lot of
changes from 1955 to 2010. Ever evolving new music, new techniques and toys.

Drum kit basic elements -
1. Sticks (2) pairs
2. Snare (and drum key)
3. Ride cymbal
4. Drummers throne (get a "Good one")
5. Kick with single beater pedal
6. Hi-hat
7. Rack tom
8. Floor tom
9. Crash cymbal

Drum kit basics - Add on's
1. Double beater kick pedal
2. China crash
4. Cowbell
5. Plastic block (if you play Country music)
6. Wooden Hotshot sticks (for Country)
7. Wire brushes for Jazz drumming
8. Soft mallets (for cymbal & floor tom "tympani")

------- And 2 important devices -------
1. A drum machine (like the Alesis SR-16).
with headphones...makes a good metronome.
2. A small portable tape recorder.
record as much of your drumming as possible
and Listen to it !!!


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