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Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off 

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LudwigP85 Snare Drum Throw-Off
 
3.8

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Professional musician (4)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Definately a Strain-er

I purchased a 14x5 Black Beauty snare that came stock with the P85...and this strainer is junk. First, I can't believe Ludwig will make an expensive drum and put a $20 strainer...Read complete review

I purchased a 14x5 Black Beauty snare that came stock with the P85...and this strainer is junk. First, I can't believe Ludwig will make an expensive drum and put a $20 strainer on it. It constantly locked in the off position, and switching from snares off to on was a HUGE pain because it constantly locked and buckled, and in the middle of a song, that's no bueno...After lubrication and adjustments, it still functioned like a $20 strainer, so do yourself a favor and get the Ludwig P86. Also, the P86 IS compatible with the same P85 mounting holes (2 1/2"). P.S. - Companies make mounts for Trick Throw-offs so you can use those on the Black Beauties too, so you could get something pimpin sweet if you wanted.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't drop your drum!

By Tommy Drums

from Tacoma Washington

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Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

No no no...

By weevilboy

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

It's bad enough that this weak throw-off comes with many of Ludwig's top shelf drums, but to buy it on purpose is just madness...spend the extra $$$ on the P-86, as it fits the same holes as does the P-85. You won't regret it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does the job

By Boonville Jim

from Boonville, New York

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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!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Definately a Strain-er

By Michael B.-PtOBV

from TN

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Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

I purchased a 14x5 Black Beauty snare that came stock with the P85...and this strainer is junk. First, I can't believe Ludwig will make an expensive drum and put a $20 strainer on it. It constantly locked in the off position, and switching from snares off to on was a HUGE pain because it constantly locked and buckled, and in the middle of a song, that's no bueno...After lubrication and adjustments, it still functioned like a $20 strainer, so do yourself a favor and get the Ludwig P86. Also, the P86 IS compatible with the same P85 mounting holes (2 1/2"). P.S. - Companies make mounts for Trick Throw-offs so you can use those on the Black Beauties too, so you could get something pimpin sweet if you wanted.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

average at best

By drummer49

from Cleveland

Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

Just bought a brand new Supraphonic. Only downside is the P85 strainer. It really is poor..more suitable for a student/beginner snare drum than a pro snare like the LM400/402. Had exact same strainer on my cheap student Acrolite in the early 70's. It broke within two weeks..Ludwig replaced it quickly for free.

 
5.0

Perfect Item and Fit!!

By Ross

from Atlanta, GA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

      Thank you guys for this item. Perfect fit!

       
      5.0

      P85 Throw off

      By Ringostarr4

      from Attleboro, MA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Very functional throw off that will not choke.

      Cons

      • No cons. Very satisfied with product.

      Best Uses

      • I have 1985 Ludwid Supraphonic snare

      Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

      I bought in 1985 a super classic Ludwig 6 pc. set which came with the Supraphonic snare with the P85 throw off. My first impression of the P85 was it was cheaply made, but after 35 years of use it has not failed me. I picked up a 1961 Ludwig snare to refinish and put on a P85 snare throw off and works like a charm This throw off will not choke the snare and gives a me solid snare sound I want.

       
      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.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

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

      By Joe Nocella

      from Wantagh, NY

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      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

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          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.

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