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Old 01-15-2012, 05:59 PM
fatty fatty is offline
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Default Slingerland vs Ludwig, differences in sound?

I have a set of '58 Slingerland Krupas that I think sound fantastic even though I am a beginner. If I were to obtain a set of Ludwigs from the late 50's in the same sizes, use the same heads and tune the same, what would the differences in fundamental sound be if any? I'm getting the itch for a second set already but I don't know whether to look for something different or another set of 50's Slingerlands and put different heads on them for a little different flavor? I don't see how it's gets much better than this set of Krupas but I haven't heard any other vintage sets in person either.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:06 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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Old 01-16-2012, 02:13 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland vs Ludwig, differences in sound?

Or go with a 5 or 6 ply shell from the 70's. I believe both Ludwig and Slingerland used 3 ply shells with maple reinforcement hoops in the 50's/60's. If you want a different sound, try a 5 ply unimold Slingerland shell or the thick Ludwig shells from the 70's. Personally, I like the old 3 ply shells. You could always try the same shell construction or vintage, but in different sizes. That would give a little variety.
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