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03-05-2007, 10:42 PM
Did a search, nothing. Scrolled through 25 pages of titles searching, nothing. Does anyone know anything about these drums, or have experience with them? I have a chance to pick-up a set for pretty cheap. Thanks for any responses.
03-05-2007, 10:47 PM
I have played their CL?? series and they sounded great. These are their lowest line if im correct and they sounded top notch. Really good sounding drums
03-05-2007, 11:07 PM
Which series? The cl are the lower tier,while the GMS (Grand Master Series) are the top tier.I heard Nathaniel Townsley play these and they sounded great.(As did he.)
They don't seem to resell as well as other,more well known manufacturers.If you want to resell them ,I would like to hear about them though.
I have a pamphlet published by GMS. I don't know what year it was put out. But it lists its endorsees at the time as Mark Zonder, John Riley, Bobby Rondinelli, Eric Kretz, Joe Porcaro and others.
The pamphlet mentions 3 series.
Grand Master Series
All 3 series had 8-ply Maple shells and they all appear to be professional quality drums.
03-06-2007, 12:50 AM
Here's a kit on eBay goin' for $3k. http://cgi.ebay.com/GMS-Special-Edition-SE-Maple-Drum-Set-Drums-Orange_W0QQitemZ180091925581QQihZ008QQcategoryZ380 97QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem Great drums. They'll give any high end drum kit a good run for the money.
03-06-2007, 01:08 AM
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03-06-2007, 02:37 AM
I have played the ash kit.....I don't like the finish..looks and feels like stained plywood
They did sound great though, and I really like their suspension...
I know this doesn't help much...but it's all I got....
03-10-2007, 05:23 PM
If you have a chance of getting a cheap set go for it!!!...i really like their sound. they are a custom drum company not unlike dw or ayotte. to chech out the sound check out nat townsleys section on this website!!.....he's a great player and his drums sound amazing.
hope that helps!!!!
03-10-2007, 05:32 PM
I was also looking at GMS a few weeks ago, they are Fantastic, I ended up getting a DW set, but really was wanting the GMS.
Check out this article above it Compares GMS and DW side by side.
I saw the the GMS tom suspension attaches to two tension rods. Does this mean you need to open the screws on top of those rods for mounting and dismounting the toms ?
10-30-2008, 02:56 AM
I have had ten GMS GM series drums in many sizes (flame blue) for nearly ten years. I have a big seven piece kit with 8" 10" 12" 14" 16" 22" and I also have a little bop kit (color matched) in 12" 14" 18" with an additional 20" BD, so on jazz gigs I have the choice of alternating between the 18 and the 20 BDs.
These drums are really top-notch bar none. With the appropriate heads installed (according to the type of music you want to play) these drums sound fantastic. Teamed up with my 5.5 x 14 Canopus Zelkova snare and Istanbul and Bhosphorus cymbals, the little bop kit sounds just phenomenal with a real calf skin head on the batter side of the 18 inch BD and Remo coated white Ambassadors on the tops. I would recommend these great drums to any serious player.
And GMS is VERY GOOD about fixing any problems. About three years after I got them, some of the chrome was starting to discolor on the lugs. So GMS sent me a completely new set of lugs for all drums free of charge. All I had to do was take the drums apart and ship the original lugs back to them first. That was eight years ago and the new lugs still look new, so apparently the problem was just with the chroming process on those particular lugs. They even sent me a new bag of the little black rubber o-rings that fit down into the lug heads.
10-30-2008, 03:29 AM
GMS (at least the GMS series) use Keller shells. Keller also makes the ash shells for them.
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