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Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack White Sparkle Chrome Hardware

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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!

SPECIFICATIONS

Breakbeats by Questlove 4-Piece Shell Pack

  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (15)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Responsive (11)
  • Sensitive (9)
  • Huge tone (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small venues (12)
    • Jazz clubs (10)
    • Accompaniment (9)
    • Soundtracks (4)
    • School bands (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Professional musician (7)

    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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    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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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love this kit BIG TIME!!!

    By HowieP

    from Grand Rapids, MI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Cons What-so-ever

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Anywhere
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    LOVE this kit! Played on a big set, which I still have, for years. Before the only small set I had was a Pearl Forum jazz kit that included an 18" kick, 12" rack tom, 14" floor tom, and a 13" snare. This one is even smaller and even more portable than even that! I own a Ford F-150 and all of the shells fit in the cab in the passenger seat. And the sound? MAN! It can hold its own against the bigger kits easily. This has become my main kit to play on because of the portability and I am not disappointed at all!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Small footprint, versatile sound

    By Pudge

    from Tyler, TX

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Breakable
    • Easy Transport
    • Great Sound
    • Minimalist
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Acoustic
      • Jazz Clubs
      • Live
      • School Bands
      • Small Venue
      • Small Venues

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

      I have this drums since March and since it is my only set, I use it to every gig we do about once a month. It came with one box almost similar size as large moving box from home improvement stores. This is my very first drum set ever.

      I bought it because it is affordable and has a small foot print. Sound is ok with the stock heads and can keep up with the tuning of the samples from the Alesis DM10 processor. The shell pack actually fits in my front passenger side of my compact car for transport. Would also be a great practice set for folks with more than 1 set.

      Next thing to do, find the perfect head to produce the best sound that suites my liking. As of this writing, this set is used as part of my hybrid electro-acoustic kit.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Classy!

      By Jason

      from Bunkie, La

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

            Been using this kit for about 6 weeks now. I bought it for the size. We play acoustic rock so don't think this kit can't play that genre. It's great

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Breakbeats 4 Piece Shell Pack

            By JACK KINDIG

            from Statesboro, Ga

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Responsive
            • Sensitive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Too Much Reverb

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Jazz Clubs
            • Small Venues

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

            Added felt strips on each drum to cut down on ring. This is the perfect set for our venues where space is a problem. Overall sound is outstanding. Much crisper than my old Rogers set.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Buy it!

            By Redgypsy

            from Whidbey island

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Had a gretsch kit on order to replaced my wore out tama kit.
                Gretsch never got the kit to them.
                Decided to take a chance on this little kit, what a bit of luck on my part.
                This kit rocks.
                I play multi genres from jazz to hard rock it works good for all with a little prep.
                Sounds great on tape I use the included snare for most stuff & a pearl brass snare for more hard rock sound.
                I changed out my cymbals later went with smaller sizes to better match kit but am super pleased.

                In short buy it.

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                4.0

                Very good drums for the price !!

                By Rod

                from Boca Raton

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Venues

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

                    i'm happy with this drums just what I was looking for !!!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This kit rocks!

                    By Five O

                    from Honolulu, HI

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Huge Tone
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jazz Clubs
                      • Small Venues
                      • Soundtracks

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

                      ?uestlove and Ludwig really hit a home run on this kit. It is well thoughtout i.e. outside the box and they came up with an excellent, good sounding, attractive, breakable, portable kit for the urban drummer at this price point which is unbeatable in today's market. It truly raises the bar for other manufacturers. The sizes and dimensions of this kit are perfect to articulate the best sounds for this configuration. That's what really sold me. The hardware is solid and well made for this price point. What's amazing is the warm, full sound and projection of these poplar shells. I also have a high end Yamaha Absolute maple/birch and mid priced Pearl MCX maple shell packs and these poplar shells can definitely hang with these more expensive woods at a fraction of the cost. The Azure sparkle wrap is also very attractive. I added the Evans EQ pad, Kickport on reso head, and new Vic Firth radial felt beater to the 16" kick, and wow, it sounds amazing like a cannon which the huge punch of a 22" but with much more articulation. The snare was the hardest to tune. It sounds the best cranked up and has nice overtones for a wood shell. The bags, 7A sticks, and ?uestlove bass reso head decal sticker are a nice touch. If there one complaint, there were a few minor dings and burrs on the floor tom and kick drum bearing edges and a small dent in the reso snare head from the factory, probably during packing. No biggie though, I just sanded them down with super fine sandpaper and it did not affect the sound of the drums. I play classic reggae so the sound of these drums are perfect for this genre as well as jazz, R&B, and hip hop, of course. I can now take this set to gigs at small venues and rehearsals without lugging around a heavy set, still have a great sound, and not worry about damaging it. If it gets badly damaged or breaks, I'll just buy another one from MF. Great job ?uestlove! You the man!

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                      (4 of 4 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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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great little set

                      By El Boricua

                      from Caguas, PR

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                      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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                        (3 of 3 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..

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