Re: Let's see your Gretsch kits (saved the best for last!)
This is not a 'kit' but I thought some might appreciate seeing it here.
A 1947 6x10 Gretsch tom in the original Green lacquer. The hoops, clips, t-rods and reso head tacks....and badge of course....and tom hanger are all original. I tucked a new calfhide on the original flesh-hoop and tacked a new calfhide on the reso side.
The original reso head (pig skin?) was painted white...some kind of lacquer. It was split and pretty well none functional. I spray painted the new calfhide with Rustoleum. I did this for two reasons. 1) again, because the original head was painted and 2) the head is more durable. When it's sitting in a snare cradle the head will have more protection against wear/rubbing in one spot. I know this from experience. I had a tucked reso head wear through when it was sitting in a snare cradle.
This drum has huge tone = a very nice sounding drum. It tunes up beautifully and I use it with my late 50's Gold Sparkle Gretsch kit sometimes. Green and Gold looking and sounding good together.