Ludwig LCEE200 Element Evolution 5-Piece Acoustic Drum Set with 20″ Kick

86 out of 100. Incorporating 10+ ratings and reviews.

Ludwig continues to enjoy popularity among drummers, thanks originally to Ringo Starr, but more recently due to drummers like Ben Barter, Scott Devours, Grant Gerathy, Alicia Warrington and many more.

But it’s not just about star power, because the brand is doing well in terms of ratings, with the Element Evolution 5-pc being their best rated set in this price range.

The shells are crafted from poplar, this includes its 20″ Kick, 14″ Floor Tom, 10″ and 12″ Rack Toms. It also includes a 14″ Snare Drum.

Also included in this set is a bundle of Zildjian I cymbals, described as bright sounding with medium sustain. This includes a 16″ crash, 20″ ride, and 14″ hi-hats.

Finally, the package also includes a drum throne.

Items Included in this Drum Set:

  • 20″ Kick
  • 14″ Floor Tom
  • 10″ and 12″ Rack Toms
  • 14″ Snare Drum
  • Zildjian I 16″ crash
  • Zildjian I 14″ hi-hats
  • Zildjian I 20″ ride
  • Kick Pedal
  • Stands and Bracing Hardware


  • Zildjian I Series Cymbals
  • Poplar Shells
  • Double Braced Hardware


Market response has been very positive, with many describing the Ludwig Element Evolution 5-Pc as a great beginner to intermediate set. Build quality gets a lot of thumbs up, impressing even those who own more expensive kits. It also helps that it is really pleasing to look at, as alluded to in many reviews.


There aren’t many complaints regarding its quality or features, although there are a few complaints regarding shipping and missing parts – always buy from a reputable seller.


You don’t have to be a fan of Ringo Starr to appreciate great quality, if you want nothing less than the top rated drum set in this price range, then this is for you.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now much more highly rated alternatives which you can see in our guide to The Best Beginner Drums Sets for Adults.

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