Re: Let's see your Gretsch kits (saved the best for last!)
Dont give up, It took me a while to get a good sound. You have to be patient, and try different tunings. I even got a good pop out of the snare somehow, and its bone stock.
Basically sat down with it, and took about an hour of messing around with it. I'm using it now over my yamaha maple snare.
Keep at it.. Evans Genera clear reso's do wonders for this kit. This may help. An Emad makes the bass thunder all the good ways as well.