Ludwig Questlove Breakbeats Kit [product review]

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Ludwig Questlove Breakbeats Kit [product review]

A smaller kit with a huge sound! Great for wedding bands, busking, and many other ‘space poor’ venues or environments. With venues closing down, gigging spaces becoming smaller and a shift away from louder styles of music, it could be the perfect time to reevaluate your need for a dual-kick, five-tom set-up. In reality a 16” bass drum is hardly the definition of ultimate sonic versatility, so a reduction in size carries the possibility of a reduction in price.
That’s what Ludwig has done here, having enlisted the help of walking groove encyclopedia, Questlove (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon). Questlove’s idea behind the Breakbeats kit is to combine portability with decent sound quality: “I wanted to build a device that was apartment-friendly and compact for the street musician but was quality-sounding. A gritty, raw, ‘break-able’ kit for gigging in clubs that you can fit in a cab.”
There are a couple of touches that go above and beyond here too: Remo Pinstripes are fitted to the two toms as standard, plus the drums come with their own velvet bags. These function as basic, non-padded gig bags, but they’ve also been ‘designed’ to be used as a set of mutes for practice/quieter performance.
Taking the kit out of its bags, we were impressed with the quality of the kit’s build. The chromed hardware feels solid, with a weighty tom-holder, quality, smooth hoops and the sturdy riser. Create heartfelt beats on the fly and have your sound heard at gigs, on the street or in an apartment.  Be a Voice. Be a Legend – Join the Family.
Available at Music Workshop for $599. RRP $749. Come in and try one out today!!
Music Workshop.
39 Fyans St, Geelong,
Ph: 03 5221 6036
Review provided by Music Workshop