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LudwigP85 Snare Drum Throw-Off
 
3.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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        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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        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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        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.

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        1.0

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

        By jdrum12

        from Long Island, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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            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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            1.0

            Junk

            By Bobbyg

            from New Jersey

            About Me Professional Musician

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                  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.

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                  5.0

                  Does the job

                  By Boonville Jim

                  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!

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                  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.

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                  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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                  5.0

                  P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off

                  Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

                  Smooth operation without problems. I like the fact that its been around in this basic style since the 70's and it still is used today. My Acrolite snare is now like new.

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                  5.0

                  Don't drop your drum!

                  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.

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                  3.0

                  Average but very efficent !

                  Comments about Ludwig P85 Snare Drum Throw-Off:

                  First and foremost I think Ludwig snares are the best in the entire world period.Anyone that has had a problem are over tightening their wires.Ludwig has never and probably never will use the best components available but they have the best sounding snares in the world . I have played Ludwig snares for many decades and never had a problem with the P-85 it is what it is and has always gotten it's job done.It's all about the sound and most so called drummers don't no how to tune or maintain their instrument.If you have problems with things breaking maybe you should be pounding nails!

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