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Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum

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The Ludwig Epic "Brick" snare drum employs a 20-ply, 15mm thick, 14" x 7" all-birch shell for tight focus and articulate play at high-volumes. 2.3mm ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Nicknamed "The Brick" for its sheer weight.

The Ludwig Epic "Brick" snare drum employs a 20-ply, 15mm thick, 14" x 7" all-birch shell for tight focus and articulate play at high-volumes. 2.3mm triple-flanged hoops and separate tension Keystone lugs are added to the equation for higher tuning capabilities.

FEATURES
  • 14" x 7" Snare Drum
  • 20-Ply all Birch Shell
  • 2.5mm triple-flanged hoops
  • Separate Keystone Lugs
  • Transparent Lacquer Finishes

Hits like a ton of bricks.

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LudwigEpic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum
 
3.9

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This Drum is Fantastic!

I cannot believe the price for this drum! Absolutely fantastic sounding snare. If you want a nice FAT, Defined backbeat in your mixes, then this is the drum. You may wanna do...Read complete review

I cannot believe the price for this drum! Absolutely fantastic sounding snare. If you want a nice FAT, Defined backbeat in your mixes, then this is the drum. You may wanna do a couple upgrades. I added a 42-strand snare wire that really brought some killer Sonic Mojo in this thing. The 20 plies of birch really gives this drum a gold star in sonic quality and projection. You will get a ton of focus in your hits and some nice crisp sensitivity when ghosting or rolling on this drum. I currently am using the stock heads and I'm still impressed, even with the so-so drum heads. I can only imagine how this drum will sound with some nice EVANS Snare heads on them! Overall Quality is suprisingly Good for the price. Not your typical thinner triple-flange hoops. These hoops have some meat on them in which you may only find in high end snare drums. Throw-off is decent. Ludwig drums never disappoint! BUY THIS THING!

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You get what you pay for, nothing else.

It's an ok product. Price is the best attribute here. The sound is mediocre at best, but can be improved with better heads and tuning. Rods are very cheap and light, washers...Read complete review

It's an ok product. Price is the best attribute here. The sound is mediocre at best, but can be improved with better heads and tuning. Rods are very cheap and light, washers made of cheap nylon, lugs are ok, I mean, the shell is what is worth something. The hardware is all garbage. Throw off mechanism is pre-historic. If you can live with a ringy snare, this could be a good workhorse. Don't expect consistency or hi-end sound quality. Have this one as a backup snare, it will save the day no problems.
Made in China snare drum. I don't know where the 20 plies are, because I could only count 14. As far as sound goes, **very** ringy snare drum with original made in China heads. Snare bed cut is very narrow, forget about using more than 20 strands. What makes this snare a little heavy is the hardware, not the wood. Through a Shure SM-57 mic this snare sounds just ok out of the box. It's so ringy it sounds like a metal snare. If you put better heads this could become a usable second "for-emergency-only" drum. Bearing edges are rounded more than other snares, this leads to more contact with head, which can be a problem but the triple flange stamped hoops warm up the sound a bit, making rimshots not even half as powerful if this had die cast hoops. It's a backup snare drum; If you have or had real hi-end snare drums you know what I'm talking about.
Low. I have the red color, and it looks really nice, no issues on the external finishing. But there are gaps on the plies, where the ends should meet flush. You can see these gaps that should have been filled up. Either the plies are too short, or they shrunk after the drum has been sitting in the warehouse, creating a gap in some of the plies. Not a structural problem, but a quality control and/or cheap methods of building.
Good value for the price, just because its made with slave labor. If this snare was sold as Made in USA with this quality, well... it wouldn't sell.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Drum is Fantastic!

By dpdrum

from CT

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Comments about Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum:

I cannot believe the price for this drum! Absolutely fantastic sounding snare. If you want a nice FAT, Defined backbeat in your mixes, then this is the drum. You may wanna do a couple upgrades. I added a 42-strand snare wire that really brought some killer Sonic Mojo in this thing. The 20 plies of birch really gives this drum a gold star in sonic quality and projection. You will get a ton of focus in your hits and some nice crisp sensitivity when ghosting or rolling on this drum. I currently am using the stock heads and I'm still impressed, even with the so-so drum heads. I can only imagine how this drum will sound with some nice EVANS Snare heads on them! Overall Quality is suprisingly Good for the price. Not your typical thinner triple-flange hoops. These hoops have some meat on them in which you may only find in high end snare drums. Throw-off is decent. Ludwig drums never disappoint! BUY THIS THING!

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

You get what you pay for, nothing else.

By Nick Bazei

from On Earth.

Comments about Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum:

It's an ok product. Price is the best attribute here. The sound is mediocre at best, but can be improved with better heads and tuning. Rods are very cheap and light, washers made of cheap nylon, lugs are ok, I mean, the shell is what is worth something. The hardware is all garbage. Throw off mechanism is pre-historic. If you can live with a ringy snare, this could be a good workhorse. Don't expect consistency or hi-end sound quality. Have this one as a backup snare, it will save the day no problems.
Made in China snare drum. I don't know where the 20 plies are, because I could only count 14. As far as sound goes, **very** ringy snare drum with original made in China heads. Snare bed cut is very narrow, forget about using more than 20 strands. What makes this snare a little heavy is the hardware, not the wood. Through a Shure SM-57 mic this snare sounds just ok out of the box. It's so ringy it sounds like a metal snare. If you put better heads this could become a usable second "for-emergency-only" drum. Bearing edges are rounded more than other snares, this leads to more contact with head, which can be a problem but the triple flange stamped hoops warm up the sound a bit, making rimshots not even half as powerful if this had die cast hoops. It's a backup snare drum; If you have or had real hi-end snare drums you know what I'm talking about.
Low. I have the red color, and it looks really nice, no issues on the external finishing. But there are gaps on the plies, where the ends should meet flush. You can see these gaps that should have been filled up. Either the plies are too short, or they shrunk after the drum has been sitting in the warehouse, creating a gap in some of the plies. Not a structural problem, but a quality control and/or cheap methods of building.
Good value for the price, just because its made with slave labor. If this snare was sold as Made in USA with this quality, well... it wouldn't sell.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Snare Drum!!!

By Drumkitz

from Hammond, Louisiana

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Comments about Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum:

I recieved this drum as a Christmas Present. I was planning on buy it after christmas. What a wonderful suprise. This drum is incredible. I play every weekend in the Metro New Orleans area and there hasn't been a gig where someone in the crowds tells me how great my snare sounds! And most of the time it isn't even mic'ed up! The throw off is simple and nice and smooth. Good quality hoops and lugs. It may be made in China but it is ALL Ludwig Quality!!
You can not find a better snare drum for this price. I love the sound of Birch and the 20 plies make this baby KILLER. Very nice bridge lugs with nylon washers. Tuning range on this drum is incredible.
Very good quality. The finish, I have the natural, is Beautiful. the chrome plating is nice. Mine came with a Ludwig white coated head and it sounds great.
If you like the sound of Birch, you will not find a better drum for this price. Beautiful finish and GREAT sounding.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thunderous....

By george perdikakis

from canada

Comments about Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum:

On its own it was great... add 42strand snare wire.... and maple hoops it was a cannon... i play with two other very loud musicians... i definelty kept up... event without the additions... as well added a evans dry head... money... you don t have to hit this bad boy hard to make it boom... great ban for your buck and looks awesome...
decent but changed snare wires and head...
super heavy duty
great bang for buck

(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

so- so snare

By Rocketman-mlnro

from New York,NY

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Comments about Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum:

I don't think I would have bought it if I had to do it all over. It took months of hounding my drum shop to get it in black and it doesn't sound that good to me. Do yourself a favor and listen to some sound clips before buying it. I ordered it before anyone had it in stock. If I had waited to hear it I would have gotten something else. Maybe I'll try changing out the heads and snares to see if I can get it to sound better. Don't buy this snare based only on having a low price.
Fairly basic as snares go. It comes with nylon washers. The snares don't seem to be that great, and the heads are chinese made Remo heads which might negatively affect the sound quality. The throw off is ok. It seems to work fine.
I have the transparent black finish and to me it looks more like a piano black lacquer which I was happy about. The lugs look nice and the finish is fine. They are mounted almost at the middle of the snare so the lug bolts are long which makes the snare look a little weird. The hoops are fairly thick. I was surprised how thin the shell is compared to my Pearl Reference snare which is also has a 20 ply snare. I would say it is about half as thick as the Pearl.
Not a bad deal.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Snare for the Price

By CDubs

from South Carolina

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Pros

  • Crack
  • Great Sound
  • No Choking
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bad Throw Off

Best Uses

    Comments about Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum:

    I got this snare for a new jam band I'm playing in. I needed something that could cut through the mix and also be sensitive enough to play dynamically. This snare meets those requirements.

    The snare came with a cheaply made throw off, and inferior heads and snares. So I spent the money to upgrade the throw off, snares and heads.

    Well I played it at a club last night and everyone said it was the best sounding snare they have ever heard.

    Thanks MF for a great snare

    (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    jamesrocks

    By drummer

    from Madison, Wi

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    Comments about Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum:

    The finish is my only complanit.
    The 20 ply shell is nice & sounds great but when I got in black finish the craftmanship not a very good job on the finish. When I changed the heads the shell had alot of sanding dust in it.

    I put ploythrene inside the shell to seal the wood & reflect the sound alot better. It really doses sound different and will be protect the shell.
    The lugs where relly nice.
    Good shell for the money.
    You always customize with some graphics on the outside.
    Good for the price.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great snare for the awesome price

    By Jerry Hagedorn

    from Armpit of nowhere

    Comments about Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum:

    I own this along with 2 other snares. A pork pie 12x5, & a old pearl brass 13x6, and this is my new workhorse. I changed the heads right when I got it and I cant say enough about it. This is my 2nd Ludwig purchase and I gotta say this is the best sounding snare in this price range. will prob change out rims and snare wires, but this thing can take a beating and hasnt let me down yet. If your thinking about it, just get it. The natural finish us awesome
    Best feature bout this snare is the 20ply shell. Its massive.
    Just cause of the cheap snare wires.

     
    5.0

    Great value

    By tmont007

    from Tacoma, Wa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum:

        If you have never purchased a snare drum before this one will set a standard for future purchases. It needs a new batter head out of the box. The one you get is purely a matter of preference. But for the money, you simply can't go wrong. For beginners/ novices the value is in the fact that if you don't stick with drums, your'e not out a fortune. And if you do, this one will be perfectly fine for addition to a drum kit playing any style of music. Or it can also serve beautifully as a concert, orchestra or any other type of stand alone snare drum. I am not going to bleat on with all sorts of drummer snobbery and talk about other drums ( I have 27 snare drums) to compare them to. Although I could. I have drums made by just about anyone you can think of. I am partial to Ludwig. The throw offs they come with are not the best. P-85's are the worst. I keep 3 or 4 P-86's around that I put on before I even attempt to tune and play any Ludwig snare drum. Of my 27, 13 of them are Ludwig.( Not including this "Brick" ). The throw off on this "Brick" is not one I have seen on Ludwig snare drums before. But it's better than a P-85, by far. It's solid, simple and smooth. Aside from the batter head, I have made no other changes to this drum. It's the "Natural" finish, and it's quite nice. I have many drum kits too, and I own a Ludwig Epic kit. The lugs on this Epic are from the USA made Keystone line. The hardware on the Epic kit are not. I'm not sure why this combination came to pass. But it elevates the feeling of value in my opinion. Probably means nothing. But it's cool to me. So here is the bottom line. Without upgrades, this drum is worth every penny of it's price. Upgrades are great, but if you know how to tune and adjust this drum with whatever head preferences you have, it will please you. It's a jack hammer when you need it to be, and a great dynamically sensitive instrument when you need that. I am very happy with this drum. I play it out often and it's great!

         
        4.0

        Good addition to your snare colletion

        By Lefty

        from Portsmouth VA

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        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ludwig Epic Brick Birch 20-Ply Snare Drum:

          the reason for the 4 star rating is my biggest complaint of ALL Ludwig drums. Their P-35, and P-86 don't come even close to the DW Mag throw off which ia comparably priced. Ludwig badly needs to improve their entire line of strainers and I would own more of their snare drums

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