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Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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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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Sticks and hardware - one year warranty.
Cases - one year warranty.
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LudwigBreakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack
 
4.7

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (19)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Responsive (10)
  • Sensitive (6)
  • Huge tone (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (13)
  • Jazz clubs (8)
  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Soundtracks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Compact size, big sound.

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great kit, but hardware is lacking.

I really like the portability of this kit. I put new heads on it immediately so I don't know what the stock heads sound like. With the new heads a good tuning it sounds...Read complete review

I really like the portability of this kit. I put new heads on it immediately so I don't know what the stock heads sound like. With the new heads a good tuning it sounds great. I have used it in the studio and live several times and it gets compliments from sound engineers every time. I was disappointed in the bass drum platform. It is very poorly designed. The pedal attachment area leaves no versatility in where/how your pedal attaches and is offset. It made it impossible to get my beater to hit in a good spot on the head. I am surprised how bad the design of this piece is. I had to buy the Gibraltar platform to fix that issue. The rack tom bracket and floor tom leg brackets also came loose in the first two weeks of owning the kit. Once tightened they have worked great.

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(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big sound

By Lyndon Smith

from Salt Lake City, UT

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

I am amazed!! The sound is a lot bigger than the drums. Great tone. I also love the look. I was tired of lifting bigger sets. This kit is a perfect fit. Good looking also. I would recommend if you want to simplify your live setup. Great job Questlove you nailed it!!!

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing little kit

By Henry Jolley

from Mobile, Alabama

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

After 47 years of drumming and using everything that has been produced by the American and import drum companies, the new Questlove Breakbeats drum kit is KILLER! The amazing sounds coming from this kit defies all reason. Something this small actually shouldn't sound this big, but Ludwig has hit another home run with the addition of this in their line. These rival some of the more expensive drum kits with half the weight and a much smaller footprint. You wondering about buying a small kit.....think about it no longer! Go get it, you will not be disappointed.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a no brainer, get it.

By Mike O

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Do not underestimate this drum set. There is so much to this set that you just need to experience. I play rock and punk and with two ply batter and a one ply reso tuned just right, these toms sing! On the kick I put a ported reso tuned higher than the kick - which has an emad 2 with the bigger foam ring, and I get a killer punch and sound without the use of a pillow or anything inside it. On my snare I put a one ply head and a hazy 300 makes the snare craxk. The hardware on the drums is clean and classic looking, you can tell it's a Ludwig, and the finish is so classic looking. I went with the black sparkle option and it catches and reflects light so well. With the tunings I've given it on my free time, this set is so very versatile. What can I say that hasn't been said by other people singing it's praises but this little set has stlen my heart.

      As I said, DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS SET

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing bass and sound

        By Dennis Hritz

        from Sharon,Pennsylvania

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

        I just tried this kit out at GC. The color is appealing. The bass drum is amazing. Too think that depth and punch comes from such a small bass. The batter heads on the toms are Remo Pinstripes. The snare has a great crisp sound. The bass lifter is sturdy, and can be removed with a drum key. the bass hoops are not wood. The snare is wood . The tom mount is a regular mount. I would suggest upgrading the floor tom legs. I am seriously considering this kit for use in small clubs, musicals, and even in my teaching studio.

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth It

        By Fernando Rangel

        from Phoenix, AZ

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

        Kick: Miraculous tone and feel for the size. Good balance of punch and warmth with enough give and rebound to be playable. Snare: Warm and woody with some ring mostly due to cheap stock heads. Ludwig could easily market this as a wood alternative to the Acrolite. Toms: The rack tom is surprisingly big and projects very well in front of the kit. Floor tom is a GREAT 13" tom, but not versatile for rock. Jazz drummers could work with it. Summary: 100% gig worthy. The kit is worth the price with just kick, toms and cases. The fact that Ludwig throws in a great snare ensures that this kit has no rival.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sound and Nice Looking!

        By Rick

        from Sacramento, California

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

        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.

        (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Decent Kit

        By Joshua

        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.

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Blown Away!

        By SurfDaddy04

        from Richmond VA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jazz Clubs
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

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

          I truly wish I found or bought this kit a long time ago. It's so small I literally don't even break down the drums and throw them in the back of my truck with the cap on my truck. The only thing I break down are my cymbals and cymbal stands. I now set up my drums with in a quarter if the time I used to. I recommend leaving the bottom heads tuned loose on the Toms. I like a Tom that rings a little. The kick needed minor muffiling but I didn't need any pillow or anything in the bass drum. I just needed a little muffiling on the batter side of the bass drum. The kit sounded fantastic with mics and I was more than impressed with how it sounded live. These drums are great, easy to set up and tear down, very light, and perfect for any musician, starting musician or experienced musician.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent little kit

            By mike ferroni

            from Boston, MA

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

            You get what you pay for - but that considered - this is a great little kit and sounds awesome too - nice that it shipped w/ remo heads at the very least, so it can hold you over until you can afford to replace with fresh heads around the kit - then it really sings!

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This set is very versatile...I love it

            By Toulaboi

            from Ponchatoula, la

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            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!

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Sound is beautiful!

              By Garrett Patrick

              from California

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

              I love little kits, kits that I can take street drumming. First off, I have a gretsch catalina club jazz kit and I have to say I like my Ludwig breakbeat set more! These toms are beautiful! The bass packs a ncie punch too! The only thing I'd say could use work is the snare, and even then, the snare is pretty decent. Main idea here is that when you pay 400, you're getting more than you'd expect!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Money well spent

              By DRUMBUM59

              from BELLAIRE, MI

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              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.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Outstanding value, quality, sound, versatility!

                By BILL WAGONER

                from Willimantic, CT

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

                I purchased this kit for use in smaller venues as well as for a "pack & go" set for practice and jam sessions. WOW!!! What a surprise! Very well made (unbelievable at this price!) Bearing edges appeared smooth and consistent. Drums tuned up easily at ANY range. Stock heads are very good as well! The wrap finish looks really sharp - nice carry bags included - which can be used as "mufflers" by draping them over the drum(s) to minimize volume. The bass drum can be tuned low, midrange or high. Works well at all tuning levels. Packs a nice punch - feels / sounds like a 20" without the volume... Drum riser worked very well - needed to adjust the beater angle but that was no big deal. Toms resonate nicely and sound great high or low pitched...do NOT "feel" small or cheap in any way. Decent wrap, chrome nicely finished. The included tom arm / mounting system also allows the attachment of an additional item - drum, tom, cymbal...etc. I used it for mounting a crash cymbal. Snare drum (once tuned) sounds good - but I am going to change the stock head to a more "controlled" sounding one. Snare throw-off "ok" not exceptional but more than adequate. Overall, a truly outstanding value! Very happy with this purchase!

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

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

                By rod

                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.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                wow

                By randy

                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.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome kit

                By Anthony

                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.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent!

                By Anthony

                from Dayton, OH

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                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Huge Tone
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Any gig

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

                  Picked these up because a full sized kit does not fit well into my recording space. Unbelievable sound! Records great and you would never guess this is a small kit if you didn't see it. You could use these for any gig really because you're going to mic it anyway.

                  There are better drums and kits out there but these fit my needs perfectly, and for the small gigs where I play drums these open up a ton of stage space!

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best big kit with little footprint

                  By Lazarusdrummer

                  from Cleburne, TX

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                  See all my reviews

                  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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