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Breakbeats by Ludwig marks the return of Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson to the drums of his youth. With a setup compact enough for an apartment, cab and a coffeehouse, Breakbeats by Ludwig are an ideal co... Read More

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Breakbeats by Ludwig marks the return of Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson to the drums of his youth. With a setup compact enough for an apartment, cab and a coffeehouse, Breakbeats by Ludwig are an ideal companion for the gigging, urban percussionist.

The driving force behind these drums are the 7-ply poplar shells that produce punchy, focused attack with dry, clipped resonance. A 45-degree bearing edge ensures quick, classic shell response, while triple-flanged hoops will endure the best rimshots you can produce. Positioned on an included lift for optimum reach, Breakbeat's 16" x 14" bass drum, 13" x 13" floor tom, 10" x 7" tom and 14" x 5" matching wood snare not only fit into tight places, but also break down quickly.

This shell pack also includes velvet storage bags for a convenient transport option. Additionally, you can use the bags to reduce volume by draping each bag over each drum. Available in three durable wrap finishes, Breakbeats by Questlove has a footprint as "tight" as their namesake.

Cymbals and hardware sold separately.

Features
  • Configuration
  • Bass drum(s): 16" x 14"
  • Tom(s): 10" x 7"
  • Floor tom(s): 13" x 13"
  • Snare: 14" x 5"
  • Total pieces: 4
  • Hardware: Not applicable
  • Cymbals: Not applicable
  • Shells
  • Shell material: Poplar
  • Construction: 7-Ply
  • Thickness (mm): Info Not Available
  • Bearing edge: 45
  • Reinforcement ring: Not applicable
  • Drum Hardware
  • Material: Steel
  • Mounts: Traditional
  • Hoops: Triple-flange
  • Lugs: Standard
  • Other
  • Heads: Branded
  • Finish type: Wrap
  • Country of origin: China
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Maple and birch drum sets (drums only) - 3 year warranty.
Marching and tympani drums - 3 year warranty.
Sticks and hardware - one year warranty.
Cases - one year warranty.
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LudwigBreakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (5)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

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5.0

Best big kit with little footprint

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from Cleburne TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Jam sessions
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack:

    First off, I have played for decades. Everything from Ludwig high end kits to Apex and Tampa to yamaha beech customs. These hold their own with all of them. I had these tuned in 1/4 hour and they just sing. Read all the reviews. Seen the videos. Not until I got behind the kit to play All Along The Watchtower that I fully got just how good these were. They are small but the kick drum sounds like my 22. Floor tom rumbles like a 16 and the tom up top just really sings. The snare is great even with the stock heads. Once I had a coated emperor on it it really performed well. This kit is perfect for everything from traditional country and classic rock to finch and hard rock / metal.

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    4.0

    Great kit once tuned and heads are replaced.

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    from Kansas City, KS

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Included Heads

    Best Uses

    • Band Practice
    • Recording

    Comments about Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack:

    I have a small recording/practice space where I like to record demos for my songs and film scores while refining them before moving on to a more professional recording environment. This kit works great for the limited space that I have and the kick (once ported with a sound hole) sounds much bigger than it actually is. After replacing the heads this kit is a great addition to any studio or practice space where optimizing the limited space is top priority.

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    5.0

    These drums are the bomb - thanks quest love

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    from NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • church
      • Jams
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack:

      These drums are simply amazing. They take up very little room in my car, are easy to transport, and so much easier to carry and lug around than a full size kit without sacrificing on sound. Plus for the price you cannot beat it. The snare is nothing to write home about but most drummers have a favorite go to snare anyway. Great sound. I was surprised by the punch of the bass drum and tones coming from a13" floor tom.

      Played these in church, small gigs, jam sessions, and at open mice. Get them! You won't be disappointed.

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      5.0

      Awesome little drum set!

      By 

      from Tampa

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautiful finish
      • Bonus Gig Travel Bags
      • Easy Assembly
      • Great Sound
      • Overall Value
      • Price

      Cons

      • Snare Could Sound Better

      Best Uses

      • Easy Transportability
      • Small Quarters
      • Travel Set

      Comments about Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack:

      We had our music teacher assemble and tune this set. He loved it! Said it made him want to pick one up for his travel gigs. He said the sound out of the box on the assembled heads was great needed very little tuning. His favorite drum was the bass. He loved the bass drum sound and size. His least favorite was the snare. He worked with it and got it sounding nice but said if it were his set he would just change the head on that one for under $30 and have an excellent sounding full set. But for our use we could leave it and it sounds plenty good as it is. He was very impressed with the set overall. The finish is extremely nice in the white. Looks like an expensive set for sure.

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      5.0

      Money well spent

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      from BELLAIRE, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Tom Mount
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack:

        Can't say enough good about this deal. I bought them on sale through GC and had them in 3 days. I've never been a Ludwig fan but they hit a Home Run with this design. I love the fact that the Tom mount has the extra hole to accommodate a small cymbal boom arm. All the other street kits do not offer this. Set up was easy and with the help of a couple of YouTube Guru's I had my kit singing in no time. The BD has a nice compressed thump. I haven't changed the heads on the toms yet but they sound great with the stock heads. Can't offer any comments on the snare as I haven't even unpacked it yet. I use my preferred snare as most drummers will. There are quite a few street kit's out there and I'm glad I waited. I've never used a BD riser before so I don't really know what to say on that aspect. My only suggestion is to spend $30.00 and buy the adjustable beater made by Trick Drums for your pedal. Otherwise there is quite a bit of over travel to make contact with the BD with a stock beater. I'm sure this would apply to all BD risers. I would highly recommend this kit to anyone just starting out all the way to the pro level. Thanks Ludwig and GC.

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        4.0

        Ludwig Breakbeats are for the working drummer...

        By 

        from Youngstown, Ohio

        Pros

        • Easy set-up
        • Great projection
        • Highly portable
        • Mics Well

        Cons

        • Limited Selection

        Best Uses

        • Awesome Practice Kit
        • Recording
        • Small To Medium Venue

        Comments about Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack:

        I use this set for any gig. Outdoors, indoors, wherever. During the busy summer months, I can spike an evening job with my lacquered kit, and take these to an afternoon date.

        They set up in minimal time, and I have ported the resonant head so I can stuff the bags in for dampening. The bass drum has incredible projection (I have to back the mic away by four inches from the port!)

        If there were a downside to this set, I would say that it would be nice to have it in a selection of lacquered hardwoods, or just a single hardwood selection, lacquered.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome kit

        By 

        from Levittown PA

        Comments about Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack:

        This kit for being smaller, sounds huge. Good quality for the price, i added an Evans HD DRY batter head and pure sound snare wires and the snare came to life. The kit is so easy to transport, makes gigging that much more fun. Also, added an Aquarian Super Kick 1 which made the kick drum boom. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        wow

        By 

        from Huntley, Illinois

        Comments about Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack:

        after using this kit for several months My band asked Me to use it all the time. It sounds great after changing the kick batter head with an aquarian. That and the terrible kick drum lift (I replaced it with a gibralter) are the only bad things about the kit. Both are replaceable. I haven't had one gig where someone hasn't commented on how great it sounds.

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        5.0

        Love these..now I don't have to drag around my mid 60's set of ludwigs

        By 

        from London Ontario

        Comments about Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack:

        I am really happy with the purchase of these drums. I like the pin stripe heads,and I'm pleased with the overall sound of these drums.I also own a set of black oyster pearl super classics thatI've owned since the late 60's that I will own til I die.The guys that I play with love the sound of these small drums and can't believe the sound I get from a 16'' bass drum.I'd recommend these to anyone. people are quick to label these as "jazz" drums but We play blues, country and some rock and roll.I have a PT cruiser and I can take My drums and My PA to a gig no problem.I bought these at the Grand Rapids Mich. store and I thoroughly enjoy interacting with the gang there.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Decent Kit

        By 

        from NH

        Comments about Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack:

        This is a nice little kit that sounds surprisingly good and is versatile for its size. That said, because the has been built down to a price, I've noticed some quality issues. Out of the box, the snare's top rim had some minor discoloring/corrosion on it, and the floor tom shell's bottom edge had a small dent (where the drum head contacts the shell). Both of these issues are basically cosmetic and were too minor for me to want to bother re-packing up the kit and exchanging it, but you get what you pay for.

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