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Popular Ludwig snare drum Throw-Off.

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LudwigP85 Snare Drum Throw-Off
 
3.4

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

33%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't drop your drum!

I always use Ludwig drum parts building snare drums. P-85 goes on 80% of the snare drums I build. Sometimes I get requests for others, but most people don't bother to ask....Read complete review

I always use Ludwig drum parts building snare drums. P-85 goes on 80% of the snare drums I build. Sometimes I get requests for others, but most people don't bother to ask. I have P-85's on all but one of my six snare drums I use personally. Is it the top of the line best strainer out there? No. There are better ones, usually reflected in the price. I am curious though. Unless you drop a drum on it's throw off, how in the world do you break one? In 45 years of snare drum exposure, I have never seen that happen. If it's torque, get different snares, change or adjust your heads, check your snare beds, the drum was improperly assembled,I don't know but something isn't right! Have no fear in buying this strainer. It works beautifully if everything else is right.

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I tried this out

This throw off is rather thin and flimsy, but if you don't disengage your snare often and just leave it on it should work fine. Have heard from others it doesn't support real high...Read complete review

This throw off is rather thin and flimsy, but if you don't disengage your snare often and just leave it on it should work fine. Have heard from others it doesn't support real high snare tension, but good for mid range. I was going to use this one myself, but the hole spacing was too short. For those who need to know, the spacing on this throw off is 2.5 inches. I needed 2 3/4, almost.....

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4.0

vintage replacement

By jon

from northridge

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Functional

Cons

  • could be put together better

Best Uses

  • sticking with ludwig hardware

Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

I've had my supraphonic 5.5 x 14 snare drum since 1975. I have always had to push up the center part of the strainer then push the lever into place to engage and push up the center part of the strainer then pull off the lever. I changed everything with the p85 replacement, evans dry, and prosound 30. The p85 replacement has been working perfectly. If you are going past a medium pressure on the snare you are choking them. I agree that the strainer isn't the best but it works. It's like a lite weight cymbal stand (I wouldn't put too much of a load on it). I bought a epic brick and a supralite and the strainer looks like a beefed up p85 (I cant find a part no.) but I think that they should use that on all of their snares and the black beauty, it wouldn't be original anymore but they changed the process that they used to make the shell. No, I wouldn't recommend this to a friend unless they are doing a easy replacement fix and want to stick with ludwig parts.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I would expect much better from Ludwig

By Peteknowsdrums

from Southern New Jersey

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

      This throw was on my $800 bronze hand hammered snare. I has never worked right. It gets stuck every time. I have to manually pull up on the center piece before moving the arm to tension. I would expect much better from Ludwig, especially on such and expensive snare.

       
      5.0

      P85 Throw-Off

      By CDM

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Avoids Choking The Snare

      Cons

      • Loses Tension Quickly

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • The Sound

      Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

      At the beginning, the P85 Throw-Off was perplexing to me. It was kind of a cheap design and did not maintain snare tension like most other throw off's do. Why does Ludwig continue to use this very old throw-off design?!!!
      Ah, here is the secret: The P85 is the very best throw -off design ever made because it is designed to avoid "choking the snare". The negative is - you have to constantly tighten the snares. That's the trade off but I think most professional drummers agree - the trade off is worth it.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      It Gets Stuck. Do Not Buy!

      By Joseph Nocella

      from Wantagh, NY

      Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

      I had this same throw-off on my Ludwig bronze snare back in the 80's and it drove me crazy back then. Now I recently bought a Black Beauty and this same thing is on the snare and it gets stuck all of the time. Now matter how much you lubricate, adjust, fiddle with it, it always seems to get stuck during a live performance when you need to switch right away. Forget about authenticity, originality, all of that nonsense. The P86 is much better. There are other throw-offs made by other companies that are much better. Stay clear of this thing. It is a headache.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Do Not Waste Your Money. It's No Good.

      By jdrum12

      from Long Island, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Not Functional
        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

          Recently, I bought a new Black Beauty that came with this item. Back in the 80's, I had a Ludwig Bronze with this thing on it and it did not work properly then. No matter how much you lubricate, adjust, play with it, it always manages to get stuck at the worst time. If you need to be able to switch snares on and off quickly, stay away from this thing. I don't about originality, authenticity, all of that nonsense. This thing is poorly designed and needs to go away.

           
          5.0

          This P85 did the job!

          By Maize_N_Blue_Mike

          from Fenton, Michigan

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Smooth Operation

          Cons

          • Had To Drill A New Hole

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing
          • Quick Efficient

          Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

          The P85 I purchased from Musician's Friend worked fine and is head and shoulders better than the Chinese offshoot model that came with the set of Ludwig drums I purchased. The old throw-off hung up and basically jammed when trying to turn the snares on and off. It was worth the money for me to eliminate a very irritating problem. I did however have to drill a hole as the spacing was different, but this was not an issue and the new throw off works flawlessly, is smooth operating and much better then some folks are reporting in these reviews. Maybe I was lucky, but this makes my life easier when switching from a tom-tom effect to the snare drum and my problem has been corrected.

           
          1.0

          Junk

          By Bobbyg

          from New Jersey

          About Me Professional Musician

          Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

          Flimsy, cheap, and gets stuck frequently. Ludwig should wake up and put P-86 strainers on all their upper line snares. That's what I did to my Supra, and its much better. But I had to pay extra money to do it. Shame on Ludwig.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Does the job

          By Jim-0YV09

          from Boonville, New York

          Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

          I bought a 1966 Ludwig acrolite snare at a garage sale, that lacked a throw-off. I threw a P-85 on it, and it works great. 'Nuff said!

           
          5.0

          Original VW Beetle tough and reliable

          By BabyBoomer

          from SW Virginia

          Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

          Not only does it stay in the on or off position but the snares don't rattle when in the off position and I always use 20-strand snares. I've owned several and I just ordered another one for an upgrade to a new Sonor snare drum.
          It works perfectly. It stays on or it stays off. I've never had one fail in over 40 years.
          For the price, it is fantastic. It does what it is supposed to. I've either had this come on new drums or I've added it as an upgrade to new drums or older ones I've rebuilt. Before I could afford cases, I've even used this strainer/throw-off as a handle to carry the snare with. It's bulletproof.
          For the price, you can't beat it. Yes, you can buy prettier and more expensive. But if you are counting your pennies, this is the only way to go.

           
          5.0

          It's like the original VW Beetle

          By BabyBoomer

          from SW Virginia

          Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

          Even if I have the tension unusually high, the snares don't rattle when it is in the off position. I have had to replace other throw-offs and this is the one I go to.It is quick, light to throw and stays in either the on or off position. In my opinion, what else could you want unless it's bragging rights for how much you spent.
          I rate thisLudwig P85 strainer/throw-off as fantastic simply because for the price you can't beat it. It is not top of the line nor the bottom, but I've had several over the years on original Ludwig snares and also as replacements for other "top" grade brands. I've never had any problem of any kind with any of them.
          Bullet-proof and reliable. Over the past 40+ years I have never had any problem with any of the P85's I've owned.
          For the price you can't beat it.

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