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Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack Azure Sparkle 

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Overview

  • 7-ply hardwood shells
  • 45-degree bearing edge
  • Compact, mobile design
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    $619.00
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    - $219.01
  • Your Price:
    $39999

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Drums designed with the city in mind.

With a setup that’s compact enough for an apartment, cab and a coffeehouse, Breakbeats by Ludwig are an ideal companion for the gigging, urban percussionist. Co-created by a master of modern groove, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, this 4-piece kit was designed to be "break-able" for a gritty, raw downbeat.

Positioned on an included lift for optimum reach, Breakbeat's 16 x 14" bass drum, 13 x 13" floor tom, and 10 x 7" tom not only fit into tight places, but also break down quickly and easily. The driving force behind this shell pack is a 14 x 5" matching wood snare drum. The combination of this 16" kick and 14" snare produces the punchy, dry and "breakable" backbeat that is Questlove's signature.

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 an Azure Sparkle wrap, Breakbeats by Questlove has a footprint that is as original as the legend that created them.

Cymbals and hardware sold separately.

Features

  • 7-ply hardwood shells
  • 45-degree bearing edge
  • Compact, mobile design
  • Bass drum lift
  • Remo heads
  • Velvet storage bags
  • Configuration:
  • 16 x 14" bass drum
  • 10 x 7" tom with auxiliary clamp
  • 13 x 13" floor tom
  • 14 x 5" matching snare drum

A pocket kit made to fit the seam of tight grooves. Order today!

 

Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack Specifications:

  • 16 x 14" bass drum
  • 10 x 7" tom
  • 13 x 13" floor tom
  • 14 x 5" matching snare drum
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LudwigBreakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (10)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Sensitive (6)
  • Huge tone (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small venues (7)
    • Accompaniment (6)
    • Jazz clubs (6)
    • Soundtracks (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Ludwig Breakbeats - Small Kit, Big Sound

    I am high school band director and percussion major, but aside from education, one of my greatest passions in life is getting out and playing the drums. I have a beautiful Gretch Mahogany...Read complete review

    I am high school band director and percussion major, but aside from education, one of my greatest passions in life is getting out and playing the drums. I have a beautiful Gretch Mahogany kit that I absolutely love (she's my baby), but 1) It's not the most portable, and 2) I would absolutely HATE to see it get dinked or spilled on in a crowded club. Due to my predicament, I began researching smaller "gigging" drum kits earlier this summer and ended up purchasing the Ludwig Breakbeats. I couldn't be more pleased!

    Out of the box, it's not a bad set-up at all. It sets up and breaks down in a flash, and the whole kit can easily fit in the BACK SEAT of my Ford Escape. I also really like the fact that even though it's built with portability in mind, the Breakbeats kit still includes a standard-size 14x5" snare drum. I personally prefer the full sound of a 14" snare, and a lot of the competitor compact kits have 13" snares.

    I did replaced the stock heads with my own preference of Remo heads and also replaced the stock bass drum lift with the one that came with my Gretsch kit (just out of my own personal preference). I found the drums to tune up quickly and easily and work at both high or low tunings. The 7-ply basswood shells are very lightweight, but project like crazy. Even the 16" kick gives a nice thump, although it took more experimentation than the other drums to find the sound I was looking for. After some trial and error, I landed on using a Remo Coated Powerstroke 3 on the batter side and a Smooth White Powerstroke 3 on the resonant side. To eliminate some of the tom-like ring that you can easily get on a 16" bass drum, I taped two cymbal felts to the inside of the batter head; one about an inch in from 11 o'clock and the other an inch in from 7 o'clock. This gives me a nice, slightly open, low end thump.

    The kit looks sharp and with the right heads and tuning, can fit right in to any performance situation. I've played everything from acoustic jazz to loud, amplified rockabilly music and can't get over how many people continually come up after every gig and ask about this snazzy little kit.

    So, if you're a gigging drummer, looking for a kit that can be carried into the club in one trip and can still produce a big, warm, round sound, the Breakbeats definitely fits the bill! Look no further! My highest recommendations!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not bad for the price

    This kit is cool, but the quality is sketchy everywhere you look. But for the price, it's expected. Replace the heads. It will tune up surprisingly well. The 16" bass...Read complete review

    This kit is cool, but the quality is sketchy everywhere you look. But for the price, it's expected. Replace the heads. It will tune up surprisingly well. The 16" bass drum is fun. The riser (as with all bass drum risers I have ever tried) forces you to put the pedal a bit too far away from the drum so the chain doesn't hit the rim of the drum as you play- the feel is a little weird. The included bags are worthless. All in all, I wonder if the Sonor Safari has better quality for about the same money. Oh well.... would I buy this again- no. But it does what I wanted - small footprint- finish has a cool 70's look- can carry around easy.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Small kit, Massive sound

    By FunkyDrumma

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Hard To Find Bass Heads

    Best Uses

    • Funk
    • Gigging
    • Recording
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks

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

    This little kit is flat out amazing. I wanted one the moment I first saw one.

    Right out of the box I was astounded by how good the Azure Sparkle wrap looked. Great vintage look with a little more personality than many standard wraps. The hardware felt a little thin, but that's to be expected with an economy priced kit, but it's proven durable so far. The riser is simple but effective. It takes a little bit of adjustment to figure out how to get the pedal chain to clear the hoop but that's not a huge issue.

    The stock heads are garbage, but since that's my opinion on all Remo heads that's just to be expected. I bought a set of Aquarian Performance 2s for the tom batters, some Aquarian Classic Clears as the resonants... A Studio X for the snare, and a Superkick 2 as the bass batter and this kit tuned up to sound twice as big as it looks. Kept the Ludwig bass reso but threw in a KickPort FX2 and it just has that great low-end you'd expect from a larger bass.

    The snare leaves much to be desired, but with a little bit of tweaking it puts out a decent sound. I added a Pearl M80 as a side snare (and as the main snare for smaller venues) and it blends very well with the overall tone of the drums.

    I swapped out the metal bass hoops for some 10 ply wood ones. It had a bit of effect on the tone, but it mostly just added that one element that just was missing for the perfect vintage vibe to me.

    All in all, I'd recommend this kit to ANYBODY, as long as they're willing to put in the effort to locate a 16 inch bass batter (presently Aquarian is the only one that makes one, with the exception of marching heads). I get complimented on the look and the sound of this little beast all the time. For the price, jump on this thing people. (

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great little set

    By El Boricua

    from Caguas, PR

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    Ask me a question

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • Practice
      • Small Venues

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

      I spent time looking for a small kit for low volume venues. Everything fits into the trunk of my car. The shorter kick drum (16 x 14") and the vintage color help made my decision. Stock heads are ok, but I changed them for hydraulics, but it is a matter of personal taste. I put remo muffl rings to quiet the kit a little more given that I was looking get down its volume without killing the tone. Tuned it medium for a perfect tone and not overwhelmingly loud. I can talk and hear myself while playing. The kick needs to be tune medium-high for a killer tone. The snare... well, I did not use it. I have an Omar Hakim and it gets all my attention, so Im not fond of my other stock snares that came with my two kits.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great!!

      By ATM

      from Louisiana

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Amazed
      • Big Sound
      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Small Package
      • So Easy To Transport

      Cons

      • Non

      Best Uses

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

        I have had many sets and this is by far my favorite. Play every weekend and they sound wonderful. Best part is the small package. People can't believe it till they hear them..

        Comment on this review

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ludwig Breakbeats - Small Kit, Big Sound

        By Cole Younger

        from Nora Springs, IA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Portable
        • Small footprint
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Bar Gigs
          • Jazz Clubs
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

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

          I am high school band director and percussion major, but aside from education, one of my greatest passions in life is getting out and playing the drums. I have a beautiful Gretch Mahogany kit that I absolutely love (she's my baby), but 1) It's not the most portable, and 2) I would absolutely HATE to see it get dinked or spilled on in a crowded club. Due to my predicament, I began researching smaller "gigging" drum kits earlier this summer and ended up purchasing the Ludwig Breakbeats. I couldn't be more pleased!

          Out of the box, it's not a bad set-up at all. It sets up and breaks down in a flash, and the whole kit can easily fit in the BACK SEAT of my Ford Escape. I also really like the fact that even though it's built with portability in mind, the Breakbeats kit still includes a standard-size 14x5" snare drum. I personally prefer the full sound of a 14" snare, and a lot of the competitor compact kits have 13" snares.

          I did replaced the stock heads with my own preference of Remo heads and also replaced the stock bass drum lift with the one that came with my Gretsch kit (just out of my own personal preference). I found the drums to tune up quickly and easily and work at both high or low tunings. The 7-ply basswood shells are very lightweight, but project like crazy. Even the 16" kick gives a nice thump, although it took more experimentation than the other drums to find the sound I was looking for. After some trial and error, I landed on using a Remo Coated Powerstroke 3 on the batter side and a Smooth White Powerstroke 3 on the resonant side. To eliminate some of the tom-like ring that you can easily get on a 16" bass drum, I taped two cymbal felts to the inside of the batter head; one about an inch in from 11 o'clock and the other an inch in from 7 o'clock. This gives me a nice, slightly open, low end thump.

          The kit looks sharp and with the right heads and tuning, can fit right in to any performance situation. I've played everything from acoustic jazz to loud, amplified rockabilly music and can't get over how many people continually come up after every gig and ask about this snazzy little kit.

          So, if you're a gigging drummer, looking for a kit that can be carried into the club in one trip and can still produce a big, warm, round sound, the Breakbeats definitely fits the bill! Look no further! My highest recommendations!

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          5.0

          Great Drums Great Price

          By PJamhead

          from OKC, OK

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Big Sound Little Package

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Small Studio

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

          These drums are great for the price and size. Completely blew me away when I first played them. Could not be happier!

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Just what I need

          By George Michael

          from Cape Cod, MA.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Sensitive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Jazz Clubs
            • Small Venues

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

            This kit fits the bill nicely, although I do substitute a 13" chrome snare for trio and jazz style gigs. The footprint is just right, they sound great, (nice combination of basswood warmth and 45 degree bearing edge responsiveness) and they're small enough to hide from the wife....

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            5.0

            OH YEAH!

            By jimmydasoundman

            from Wash. DC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • PERFECT

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Soundtracks

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

            Perfect kit for our small practice space. Well made. Will look great on video to!

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not bad for the price

            By D

            from RI

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  This kit is cool, but the quality is sketchy everywhere you look. But for the price, it's expected. Replace the heads. It will tune up surprisingly well. The 16" bass drum is fun. The riser (as with all bass drum risers I have ever tried) forces you to put the pedal a bit too far away from the drum so the chain doesn't hit the rim of the drum as you play- the feel is a little weird. The included bags are worthless. All in all, I wonder if the Sonor Safari has better quality for about the same money. Oh well.... would I buy this again- no. But it does what I wanted - small footprint- finish has a cool 70's look- can carry around easy.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Kit

                  By Damien

                  from Strasburg, VA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Jazz Venues
                    • Small gigs

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

                    When I first saw this kit, I knew I had to have it. The Breakbeats kit is all Basswood shells, with a Azure Blue Sparkle wrap finish, which looks extremely good and vintage. I didn't really know what to expect because I have never really seen a kit like this, but because it looked so good at such a cheap price, I bought it. After I tuned it up, WOW was I surprised, this thing sounds like a normal sized kit! Even the super small 16x14 bass has some punch to it. The snare has a nice pop when tuned high and toms tune up really easy. Also, the floor tom can be tuned surprisingly low. I would recommend swapping out the stock heads for Remo pinstripes and an emperor on the snare, thought the stock heads sound pretty great for being "stock" heads. For the money, you really cant beat the Breakbeats kit. It comes with bags for each individual drum, a bass drum raiser, some Ludwig sticks and a drum key. If you don't have a lot of space or your just looking for a small kit with a tone of sound, this kit is for you.

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great sounding kit for the money!

                    By OPFOR06

                    from Germany

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Great Sound
                    • Huge Tone
                    • Portable
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • 1st Look Can Be Deceiving
                    • Stock Heads

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Jazz Clubs
                    • Small Venues
                    • Wedding Gigs

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

                    I was interested in this kit as I just scored a gig with a wedding band and didn't want to lug a big kit around every weekend. The size was the first draw especially at the price point if compared to other compact kits which can be double or triple the price of the Breakbeats set.
                    I have to say, on initial look I wasn't that impressed. The shells and hardware appear 'entry level' and cheap. The tom mount(s) and bass spurs appear to be solid even if the chrome is more of what you would expect to find on an entry level kit. That said, it feels sturdy and the included bass drum lifter is a great extra touch.
                    But the sound is what convinced me to buy the set. My criticism of most sets regardless of price is the stock head selection and this kit was no exception. While the heads say "Remo" on them, that's as far as they go to having any tonal similarities to what one might be used to. I replaced both tom heads with clear pinstripes on the batter sides and clear ambassadors on the resonant sides. I replaced the batter side bass head with a coated PS3, cut a 4" hole in the stock reso head and added a bit of foam for additional muffling.
                    I was shocked at how quickly and easily they tuned up as well as the range of tuning on these smaller drums. The 13" floor tom is capable of surprising lows which provides a nice transition from the 7x10 rack tom. I attribute this to the precise, sharp edges on the shells, which are indeed impressive considering the shell material (again, first impression). The bass gave me a great thump that again sounds great when played with the rest of the kit and with the band.
                    The snare went straight onto the shelf as I do have a favorite snare. I presume it will match up well with the kit but don't have any immediate plans of playing it. Heads and snare wires probably need to be replaced anyway and the throw seems a bit cheap but if it compares at all to what I've seen so far, I'm sure it will surprise.
                    Overall, good kit, very portable, fun to play, and great sound. I definitely recommend this set for the gigging drummer.

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