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Old 08-02-2013, 07:49 PM
bfulton bfulton is offline
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Default Ludwig Super Sensitive... aaarrrrggghhh!

Okay y'all...
I have a Ludwig s/s/, that i cannot get adjusted. It's driving me nuts!

badge ## 965464

here's the deal. I bought some snares for it...overall length is 18 1/6th, snare solder to solder is 15 7/8. more or less.

I don't know what the deal is, but I canNOT loosen the snares enough! No matter what I do, I can't get them loose enough to drop completely when the snares are off. And it takes a screwdriver/lever to get the snares in.

I can't tell is the shell is bent, or what. I also noticed that the throw off tilts in slightly at the top. I've tried to adjust by installation of washers, etc., but I cannot fi it! Frustrating. Should I have different wires?

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:56 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig Super Sensitive... aaarrrrggghhh!

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Okay y'all...
I have a Ludwig s/s/, that i cannot get adjusted. It's driving me nuts!

badge ## 965464

here's the deal. I bought some snares for it...overall length is 18 1/6th, snare solder to solder is 15 7/8. more or less.

I don't know what the deal is, but I canNOT loosen the snares enough! No matter what I do, I can't get them loose enough to drop completely when the snares are off. And it takes a screwdriver/lever to get the snares in.

I can't tell is the shell is bent, or what. I also noticed that the throw off tilts in slightly at the top. I've tried to adjust by installation of washers, etc., but I cannot fi it! Frustrating. Should I have different wires?

Are you sure you purchased the correct wires? Ludwig, Puresound and Gibraltar all make replacement wires for the Super Sensitive. A very common issue is that the mechanism, either one or both, is somehow out of whack. I'm currently getting ready to head out to dinner, so don't have the link that shows how to properly set up the SS. I'm sure others on our forum will chime in with the information.

I've got a really nice 70's SS that is in perfect mechanical condition, properly set up and sounding great!

Oh yeah, just remembered. To get the wires to lower properly, you'll need a reso head with a low collar. This basically means using a Ludwig head. Most other brands will have a higher collar and won't let the wires drop all the way.

Mark
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:47 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig Super Sensitive... aaarrrrggghhh!

Check out this link:http://www.vintagedrumforum.com/showthread.php?t=29519

If that doesn't help, then John will be along soon. He might be stuck on his new purchase. I don't blame him.

-Tim
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:58 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig Super Sensitive... aaarrrrggghhh!

oh, fer heaven's sake! It was the head!!! I put a Ludwig head on it, and it works just fine. You wouldn't believe the changes I've been thru with this thing.

A Ludwig head. Cripe.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:17 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig Super Sensitive... aaarrrrggghhh!

Bill,
Did you receive the reso hoop I sent you?
Nevin
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:40 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig Super Sensitive... aaarrrrggghhh!

Yes Nevin, I did - thank you!!!
And now that I have the whole thing figured out, I will use them.
Thank you for sending them -- that was generous!
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:08 PM
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Damn this is a great site.One way or another there will be a drummer who can fix your problem... You guys are the best!
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:19 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig Super Sensitive... aaarrrrggghhh!

What I find strange is that just about every single super sensitive I see on ebay has a lower head with the deep collar that will cause this issue.

I'm sure this affects enthusiasm about this drum and possibly drives the prices down..........which is cool since we know what time it is.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:50 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig Super Sensitive... aaarrrrggghhh!

True! It was amazing how quickly this solution solved the problem. It was so irritiating! There was NO mechanical reason to explain this.
As it is, I have a world class snare at a darned good price. Plus parts, of course.


Thank you so much for the info!
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:35 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig Super Sensitive... aaarrrrggghhh!

Bill can you post a picture of the difference between the 2 heads? Can you still buy those heads new from Ludwig? I'm thinking this might apply to some other snares where the throw off distance is limited? My Slingerland RK has a clamshell strainer and the throw off distance is maybe 1/8" if that. One of those heads might get me a little more clearance? TIA.
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