Submitted February 19, 2021 by Mike Nash in Leland, NC
"Ludwig - Quality Suffers"
Bought this kit about two years ago at a local music shop in Wilmington NC. By and large I like the kit. Added a ten inch tom and a couple extra cymbals (and stands) and replaced all tom heads with Evans Hydraulic heads. That said, build quality is NOT what Ludwig is/was known for.Case in point, after less than two years, the wood in the floor tom began separating - large split. Most likely a manufacturing or wood defect. No other drums were affected so it is most likely not due to environmental issues such as too dry, too hot, too cold, too humid etc. Also two of the stands (snare and cymbal) needed to be swapped out as they malfunctioned and the bottom hihat cymbal holder (plastic piece) broke as well. The hihat could be "fixed" simply by using a plastic cymbal slide and a piece of felt....The floor tom (see pix) will need some work. Although Ludwig customer reps were quick to reply, they did not offer to replace the drum or anything other than some advice on how to fix it. Note to myself - buy higher quality or Pearl next time....similar price structure but longer warranty. My advice - there are many drum makers with better warrantees in same price range. Lesson learned.
Sound is OK especially with Evans Hydaulic heads
Stands are not high quality.....
Product suffered (IMHO) manufacturing defect in floor tom....wood began to separate causing a six to eight inch crack in interior wood. No other drums affected. Not an environmental issue. Either wood had defect (too dry/brittle) or manufacturing problem....Ludwig customer rep pretty much just said fix it yourself. Not interested.
I would find a company with a much better warranty. There are plenty of drum manufacturers in the same price range with similar or better quality product with longer shell warranties.
Tried to. The Music Loft employee gave me the company rep phone and email address. Corresponded and sent pix of crack inside drum. Gave some advice on how to fix and said not a warranty issue
The Wow Factor
Looks fine, sounds good, but put together a replacement budget as you may need it sooner than you think
Intermediate level drummer
Rock, jam band based
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