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davemckay76 01-05-2019 04:23 PM

Ludwig P85 v P86 strainers
This is my first post here, so please forgive me if this has already been covered in a previous thread.

I recently bought a 1970s Ludwig Acrolite snare, blue and olive badge. The previous owner replaced the P85 strainer with a P86 at some point.

I was going to switch it back to a P85, to return it closer to its original state, but I have read conflicting reports as to which is better.

Is this simply a matter of preference? Or is one considered better/more user-friendly than the other?

Interested to hear some views..

Thanks in advance,


mlayton 01-05-2019 08:40 PM

Re: Ludwig P85 v P86 strainers
I like the P85 better. Plus it would be the correct one for the drum. The P86 is a little fancy and kinda looks out of place on most Acros in my opinion. Still a great throwoff though as long as you don't have an issue with some of the internals that loosen up over time. Good luck!


Hoppy 01-06-2019 02:57 PM

Re: Ludwig P85 v P86 strainers
Sometimes the P-85 can hang-up when trying to engage, little oil (not WD-40) can fix it right up. Here's a link to a Pro Drum Shop tip with video:

Here's a thread on the DFO on the subject... but you'll find mixed reviews and I don't think there is a clear cut winner...

To your point, personal preference always wins out! I'm a fan of the P-87 throw-off, I think it's Ludwig's best, but I hate the matching P-34 butt so I did a little modification for mine. If your interested it can be viewed here:

davemckay76 01-07-2019 03:11 PM

Re: Ludwig P85 v P86 strainers
Thanks guys! Found a 1970s P85 strainer online so I think I will switch it out and see how it goes..

Hoppy 01-08-2019 12:42 PM

Re: Ludwig P85 v P86 strainers
Most excellent!
Let us know how the compare/contrast for the two throws works out for you...

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