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Old 01-16-2012, 12:06 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland vs Ludwig, differences in sound?

Slingerlands and Ludwigs are the two American companies that sound the most alike, in my opinion. It's no wonder--they were built in the same way. Kits from the 50s will sound vastly different, though, if only because the Slingerland toms didn't have badges/vent holes, so there's no air escaping the shell. This affects the sound a lot, and the Slingerlands like this sound a bit more like Gretsch kits, in that respect.

I would look for the different interior from what your Slingerland kit has. Get one kit with a maple interior, and the other with a mahogany interior. They will sound different, for sure, in a subtle but noticeable way...
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