There are no memory locks to ensure stability, but they hold well enough for medium-heavy use. It benefits from being tuned down a little which gives it more welly.The upside of all this minimal hardware is that the drums are noticeably lighter than most present day designs. This size of floor tom is always versatile in being able to offer gravity with bite, minus the flab of a 16".The bass drum has bright gold glitter hoop inserts that rather stick out, but are also an authentic carry-over from the originals.
But we have to say, a pristine, shiny satin Duco finish is certainly a novel look today and the review kit is rather splendid.
Since the shells were essentially the same as on the top-range kits, the drums often sounded just as good - if not better because of the decreased hardware.
The centre-mounted double-ended lugs required less metalwork and less factory time, so allowing the drums to be built more quickly and cheaply.
That was a Taiwan-built version with 6-ply shells of cherry and gumwood with rounded bearing edges.
Now today's new offering is made in the USA, in Ludwig's Monroe, North Carolina factory and has maple shells.