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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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Overview

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.
Accent Drum line - one year warranty.


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4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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5.0

Awesome kit

By Anthony

from Levittown PA

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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5.0

wow

By randy

from Huntley, Illinois

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 rod

from London Ontario

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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4.0

Decent Kit

By Joshua

from NH

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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4.0

GREAT BUT....

By Niles

from Ada, MI

I got these for my birthday saved up $200 and my parents payed the other half. The kit is cool very small and nice for little gigs. Sounds big and surprising can get some low end even with the small dimensions only problem... PEDALS. The riser made it pretty much impossible for my pedal to clamp on newer pedals like dw 5000's and iron cobra's can attach but its rough with old pedals overall nice kit although i might sell it back to GC to get some HHX cymbals.

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4.0

Really big sound for a small kit

By Ranger

from Fort Worth, Texas

This kit sounds huge for the size. I bought it for a small room, thinking it would not sound as big as everyone says, but I was wrong. It sounds really great, punchy, and doesn't take up much space in my room. It's very easy to break down and fits in my trunk with all hardware. Great price too!

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5.0

Great Sound and Nice Looking!

By Rick

from Sacramento, California

I purchased a Ludwig Breakbeats kit a few days ago to have a portable kit that I could take to rehearsals and gigs in small spaces. After a few modifications, I?m quite please with it. I replaced all the heads except the resonant head on the kick drum: it got an Aquarian Super-Kick II on the batter side. The toms got Evans Level 360 Genera 2 coated batters and clear resonant heads. The improvement was worth the extra $100. The snare drum is the weak link. The snare throw-off is clunky and difficult to adjust. The heads (as with the rest of the kit) are Remo?s low-end from China. I?m using a ?69 Slingerland COB that I found on eBay (it?s a really sweet sounding drum!) The included drum bags won?t offer much protection, as they?re basically draw-string laundry bags; but they offer a bit of scratch protection when I load them in my car. The Azure Sparkle wrap is gorgeous. Bottom line: if you?re willing to invest in some better heads and snare drum, you?ll have a great sounding, good-looking little kit that?s a pleasure to play.

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5.0

Amazing Little Kit

By Ryan Van Buren

from Albuquerque, NM

I have been playing DW Drums for years but one day I realized I needed a smaller kit for smaller gigs, practice, and impromptu jam sessions. I researched the Sonor Jungle kit, and most other bop kits. Every video I watched on this kit had an incredible sound. I walked into my local guitar center hoping they would have this kit, and they did. I played on it and couldn't believe the tone and sound that it put out. I purchased it and put some Superkicks on it and changed the heads it sounded amazing. The finish on this kit is absolutely amazing. The hardware is solid. The bass drum riser is a bit tricky, so you will need to play with the positioning of the kick drum pedal. The toms ring with good sound, the kick is fat and punchy, and the snare is snappy! This kit is no 6 piece DW, so if you are looking for that keep looking. But if you want a solid (and I mean solid hardware, looks, sound) kit that is easy to transport and has a small stage footprint, this is the one. One last thing, the bags that it comes with aren't bad, but you have to be gentle with them. They are good for dampening the sound for practice and they do work ok for transport but they don't protect from dings, and they have no real handle to carry them with.

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5.0

Needed space

By James Miller

from Bremerton, Washington

Well, like others, I got tired of hauling my big kit around, setting up, tearing down, hauling...Etc. I also find our band playing on some very small stages. So, I looked at this little Ludwig kit today, and walked out of the store with it. I got home and immediately set it up. Trying different configs. for my cymbals. I really like the little mounted tom, and the floor tom and bass drum.. Hardly had to do any tuning. The snare was a little more difficult. So, I put a different batter head on it, tweaked it and now it is pretty good. Looking forward to our next gig, and hoping it will deliver enough sound, which I do believe it will. Looks nice, and the price is good.

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5.0

Nice kit

By john meyers

from baltimore, maryland

Bought this from Guitar Center and it arrived in 1 box. Snare and 10" tom ready out of the box,had to put hoops and heads on floor tom and bass drum(no big deal). I thought I would feel awkward playing these small drums but not the case at all. The drums set up and break down super easy, the 16" kick has a nice boom and I wouldn't cut a port hole in the front head. The 10" sounds great and the 13" floor sounds best at its lowest tuning. I had to work w/ the snare a little but it's expected w/ snares in this price range. Definitely use the lift for the bass drum, it puts the drum at a playable height and helps the pedal hit the center. Light weight, portable, great sounding, and very affordable. ?uestlove and Ludwig got it right, I highly recommend this kit. Also, the Azure Blue finish is beautiful.

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