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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
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LudwigBreakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Huge tone (3)
  • Sensitive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (6)
  • Accompaniment (3)
  • Jazz clubs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Reviewed by 28 customers

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5.0

This set is very versatile...I love it

By Jai

from Ponchatoula, La

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Break Down
  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile
  • Very gig friendly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Any Gigs
    • Church
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks

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

    Even tho this set isn't the normal size it packs a punch! The 10, 13, 16, combination has a really good full sound. Even the snare sounds good! I mainly use it for practice and gigs because it's way more car/truck friendly than a normal size kit. I highly recommend this!

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    5.0

    AMAZING

    By Dave

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • Small Venues

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

      This kit is so good. I would recommend it to drummers of any skill level. It is small and compact, but has a big kit sound. I was very pleasantly surprised by this kit. the build quality is Lugwig level for sure, it doesnt have a lot of fancy bells and whistles like memory locks or anything, but for the price this kit is really unbeatable. I would 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a small kit.

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      4.0

      Compact size, big sound.

      By drummindude

      from Panama City, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • Small Venues

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

        I used this kit at two different small venue gigs right after I received them and I got compliments from people in the audience and my band mates after both of them. They, and I were impressed with the overall sound quality of this kit. Of course they needed a good tuning up after I un-packed and put them together, but once that was done, they were ready to rock. I believe they are very good quality, considering their price. So if you're looking for a compact, easy to transport kit for smaller venues, check this kit out! Plus, if you need more volume, you can always mike 'em.

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        5.0

        The best! Super happy and jamm

        By Rick

        from Miam

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            All of the abo

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            5.0

            Best big kit with little footprint

            By Lazarus Drummer

            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.

              By Jonny Riede

              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

              By Girl on fire

              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 EB

                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

                By DRUMBUM59

                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 Stick-2-Skin

                  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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