Topic: GEAR REVIEWS (by members)  (Read 84568 times)

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.


  • Guest
Bill Bachman's Remote Speedy Hat
« Reply #40 on: March 09, 2010, 10:19 AM »

Bill is a friend of mine and alerted me to his new invention some time ago...being that he and I play with our hi hats in the 12 O clock position I was interested because I had gone back to a conventional setup due to the fact I was unhappy with the feel, action or lack thereof of my other cable hat.

So when I saw Bart's review on this particular product...I ordered one. WOW! What a piece of gear...perfect for those who wish to move the hi-hat closer to the snare. The action on this hat is fast, responsive. I find splashing with my heel a breeze...comping way (up beat...the "and" of's) Purdie type choke playing so easy to do...all of these attributes to playing this hat were SO easy that I had to "re-train" my brain/foot to accommodate such quickness...which didn't take long!

Plus with the adjustments and rotating pulleys I was able to get this hat (finally!) exactly where I want it. That in itself was worth the money. But the action on this hat is phenomenal. It really is fast and easier to play than a regular straight hi-hat. I give it five out of five stars. *****

Thanks Bart for your review as it was that review that allowed me to make up my mind and go ahead and purchase this lovely piece of gear...and an important one for I do play in an ambidextrous fashion.

The below link is to my website and my thoughts on this great hat.]




  • Guest
Drum craft series 8 Maple drumset
« Reply #41 on: May 05, 2010, 05:44 AM »
In my quest for a new drumset I stumbled on this new brand Drum craft. German engineered, made in China. Series 8 is their top line.

My old drumset was the very first edition Starclassic Performer, mahogany / basswood shells. Over the years I became aware that this wasn't my sound. So I became affected by the new kit fever. I was looking for a maple kind of sound, warm and responsive, but being only a hobbyist, high-end gear was out of reach. 

In my local drum store I found what I was looking for: Drum Craft series 8 Maple drumset:]

I bought the Venice white set (20x18, 14 snare 10, 12 & 14 toms) last October.

Pro's / features
- toms: great warm maple sound, responsive, wide tuning range.
- excellent construction of the shells
- easy to tune
- the zero-gravity rims do what they're supposed to do
- delivered with professional drum heads: clear ambassadors on toms, CS on   snare and Powerstroke 3 on the bass drum
- shells are made of North-American Maple
- hi-hat with moveable legs, 
- double chained bassdrum, plays very smooth,
- quite a number of available sizes in drums, even a gong drum is deliverable
- solid hardware
- Nickeldrumworks throw off on the snare,

- snare stand construction: legs are to big, the legs stand in the way. And you really have to turn the screw (basket) to keep the snare in position. I use my yamaha stand.
- snare drum is not very versatile. It sounds acceptable tuned low or high. It sounds better with a clear ambassador. Have to experiment with other drumheads.
- limited choice in finishes, the red finish looks more like pink.
- new brand, it is easier to sell a Gretsch, DW, Ludwig second hand than a Drum craft series 8

The price of the set is in the mid level range (recommended retail price here is €1700 for a 5-piece set, hardware included) but with respect to the tonal quality and construction of the drums it is competitive with high end drumsets.

A great set

Offline Michael Beechey

  • Cafe VIP
  • Posts: 313
    • MuseMentors
Remote Hat Review - Louis Rushton legless model
« Reply #42 on: August 12, 2010, 12:44 PM »
For those who haven't checked these out yet, here's some pics of my new remote hi hat (not an X-hat), made by Louis Rushton. He developed this design years ago. The main advantage of using remote hi hats is being able to place the hats where you want, to avoid hand crossover problems. I have it about 11 o'clock, but it could be stretched to the other side, using the extension rod and pulley provided. He has a few different configurations, but I got the legless version, intended for drum racks, to reduce stand clutter. I have it clamped to a cymbal stand, together with a tom holder and the cymbal boom. The added weight helps stabilize the whole unit. I've used it on a few gigs, and have had no problems. The cable system is very smooth and quite strong. No glitches at. I have been back and forth with Louis about different setups and he has been very helpful and patient with my many questions. The extra cable length seen in the pic is because I want to experiment with placement more, so I haven't completely secured it. Highly recommended.]"]"

in constructon:
"Connecting Musicians to Valuable Resources"

Offline DR

  • Cafe VIP
  • Posts: 311
New drums: Ludwig Club Date SE "FAB 3" shell pack
« Reply #43 on: May 20, 2013, 08:55 PM »
Welcome to my little gear review.  Hope this drum set review helps one of my drumming brothers and sisters at Drummer Café.

I have had my Ludwig Club Date "Fab 3" shell pack for several months now. Sizes are: 13x9, 16x16, 22x14. (For the purpose of context, my favorite sizes are 13, 16, and 24 with traditional depths.  I was a bit hesitant to order these Ludwig drums because I would be getting a 22 inch bass drum rather than my preferred 24.)

The drums appear to be very well built.  I removed all the heads to inspect everything on Day One.  After a careful inspection, my conclusion was that all of  these things looked great: fold-out spurs, silver sparkle wrap, chrome, edges, shell roundness, and wrap seams.  Well done, Ludwig!

The toms come with lighter (1.6 mm?) hoops rather than the 2.3 mm hoops.

The bass drum comes with a rail consolette tom holder.  It has an “old school” appeal with a modern knurled rail surface to prevent slippage.  Nice feature.  It works great and holds great.  However, the bulky T nut prevents the tom arm from folding down far enough for the drum to fit in a correctly-sized bag.  It is an easy and low-cost fix.  Just replace the T nut with a low-profile nut.  Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.  While I usually mount my 13 on a cymbal stand or a snare stand, I want the option to use the handy rail mount. 

Let’s move on to shells.  The shells feature a Cherry and Gum layup.  So, no maple.  No mahogany of any kind, African, mid-grade, or low-grade.  And, no birch.  ...OK.  You might ask, “What about the sound?”  Well, that turns out to be one of the strengths, for me.  Ludwig calls the sound "warm and well-balanced."  I love what I will call the “near-vintage” sound these drums.  While I am not saying these sound just like my vintage three-ply ‘70s Slingerland set, these new drums have what I hear as a “type” of vintage sound of American drums from that era.  Said another way, the sound reminds me of my favorite drum sounds from the late ‘60s and the early ‘70s.  Since this is a Club Date re-issue model, I suppose that was Ludwig’s goal.  If so, goal accomplished!

Let me say that I did not play these drums with the stock heads. Not even for a moment.  I was not sure I was going to keep these drums.  So, I set the stock tom heads aside in case I wanted to return everything.  Then I put on a set of fresh single-ply, coated batter heads along with a new set of Aquarian high frequency heads as tom resonant heads.  (Let’s have a twenty second time-out for a quick nod to our old café friend Felix for the long-standing tip on “high freq reso” heads.)  I really like this head combination on the toms.  For the bass drum, I used an Aquarian clear Force I batter paired with Aquarian Force II resonant head.  Although I usually prefer the sound and feel of a 24 inch bass drum, I have to say this is among my all-time favorite 22 inch bass drums.

As you may know, Ludwig Club Date drums feature a row of center-mounted lugs on each drum along with extra long tension rods.  While I was never all that fond of center-mounted lugs and the look of extra long tension rods, the silver sparkle wrap (sort of) hides the look of the long rods. 

I do have a few spare tension rods around because of the greater risk of these longer rods getting bent. 

That risk is not without reward.  The double-ended lugs mean fewer lugs and therefore, less weight.  And, I do appreciate the lighter load.  In all, I strongly prefer this situation over vintage rods, old metal and hardware from the '60s. The chrome looks good and the modern steel is both strong and light in weight.

I have some other modern, “low-cost” drums kits that I like a lot and this Ludwig is now my favorite low-cost drum set.

In summary, two “thumbs up” as a great low cost kit.  I hope this was helpful.  Thanks for reading.

(This new Club Date SE line does come in different configurations.  And Ludwig does offer matching snare drums.  ...For anyone wondering, I am just a consumer.  I have no other connection with Ludwig and no endorsement deals with any companies mentioned.)

You can find a Club Date SE brochure here:]


Drummer Cafe RSS Feeds Drummer Cafe on Twitter Drummer Cafe on Facebook Drummer Cafe on Google+ Drummer Cafe on YouTube Drummer Cafe on Pinterest Drummer Cafe on Instagram