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Old 09-27-2013, 04:47 AM
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Thanks Skulm,
I am going to replace the Permatone heads with either Evans Coated White G12 ( formerly G Plus) for the tom batters or Aquarian Satin finish texture coated. I am leaning more to the Aquarian. The bass drum batter ( currently a coated Gretsch PS3) will ett replaced by an Aquarian Super Kick 1

I really like Aquarian heads a lot, especially because of their coating, it just lasts and lasts.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:26 AM
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Here is my new Gretsch USA Custom Bop Kit after a 17 week wait. The new round badges for 2013 pushed me over the edge. Went with a vintage build to match the new badges. The kit turned out great with a nice vintage vibe. Steve Maxwell included his rail mount, don't know if I will committ to installing it.

Beautiful kit


Is that knob on the snare for an internal muffler?
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:05 PM
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Is that knob on the snare for an internal muffler?
It's a snap in drum key holder Gretsch offers as an option.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:07 PM
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Just received this kit yesterday by UPS. Sizes are 20 x 14 bass ; 12 x 8 mounted tom and 14 x 14 floor tom. I ordered the matching 6.5 x 14 snare drum through Steve Maxwell last week.

The kit has the Steve Maxwell exclusive Espresso Burst wrap and 302 double flange hoops with the modern buildout.

The pictures are from the seller I purchased it from , he had it only a couple of weeks. I haven't decided if I will change out the hoops to diecast yet. The 302 double flange hoops give it a real 50's round badge vibe.
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The kit looks amazing! Enjoy them and have fun gigging with such a classy kit!
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:16 PM
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Thanks Jeff,

I love the classy look of your Burgandy sparkle kit. It reminds me of the Mel Lewis owned kit Steve Maxwell had up for sale awhile back. Mel is one of my favourite drummers of all time.

The bass drums on these kits are killer. Gretsch really knows how to make a great sounding bass drum.

The 302 hoops are going to stay on for now on my kit because they sound really nice, ut I am considering the purchase of some diecast as well.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:43 AM
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just picked up this 2012 limited edition renown

Midnight Glass Glitter

i'm not a sparkle fan, though these have some serious class!

$1500

20", 10", 12", 14", 14" matching snare

all out of the box g2's
aquarian super kick I on kick, what a punch!

Zildjian Sweet-Ride 21"
Zildjian K 20" Ride
Zildjian K Dark Custom 18"
Zildjian K Dark Thin 17"
Sabien AA Regular 14" Hats

played them out saturday, did they sound sweet, and loved the compliments







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Old 10-03-2013, 01:18 AM
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Man, Gretschilicious. Congrats
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:33 AM
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just picked up this 2012 limited edition renown

Midnight Glass Glitter

i'm not a sparkle fan, though these have some serious class!

$1500

20", 10", 12", 14", 14" matching snare

all out of the box g2's
aquarian super kick I on kick, what a punch!

Zildjian Sweet-Ride 21"
Zildjian K 20" Ride
Zildjian K Dark Custom 18"
Zildjian K Dark Thin 17"
Sabien AA Regular 14" Hats

played them out saturday, did they sound sweet, and loved the compliments







That finish is gorgeous
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:27 AM
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Gretschilicious

i love that grunt!

and gorgeous yes lg

i believe there's one set left (hint ebay)

though forget about getting any addons,

i already contacted gretsch, and they said fageddaboudit
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:03 PM
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MKjr, those are sweet! Fantastic looking finish.

Here's my babies. Gretsch Catalina Maple 7 piece in amber. Pearl 14" x 6 1/2" Brass Free floating snare I've owned since the early 90's. All yamaha stands and hardware. Pearl Eliminator double pedals. Cymbals are Sabian HHX Evolutions - 14" hihats, 16, 17, 18 Crash, 18" Ozone. 21" HH Raw Bell Dry Ride, 10" HH Duo Splash, and finally a 17" AAX Fast China.

I love these drums. Put the whole kit together for a pretty reasonable price too. Picked up all the cymbals but the china used.




Here's the stripped down version that I use live.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:18 AM
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After some delays and flakes (I THINK!!) I think we are finally about to get a lockout unit. Some buddies want to use it to jam, and my involvement is just that I want to set up my kit and play regularly for the first time in years. It's been 5 years since I've had a kit set up for me to play at my leisure.

What I'm going to be bringing in there is this Gretsch kit I bought on eBay sometime in early 05. It was a player kit that was rewrapped in Blue Sparkle and missing some parts. I had to add flanged hoops to the toms and Ludwig hoops to the kick. 12-16-22. There was a 13" tom too but the seam is in bad shape and it doesn't have lugs so it's kicked aside (because I normally do 4-pieces anyway). This kit was the one I probably played the most between when I got it and when I had to move and stop playing at the start of 08. Depending on how 'into' drums I get again, I'd like to consider this as a future re-wrap candidate (or maybe even blonde maple or whatever they call it, Charlie Watts style, if I would be able to), but that's so far off I might as well not even think it for now.

I'm probably going to bring the pictured custom 6.5x13 Gretsch snare in burgundy, but I still haven't decided what 14" snare to bring... I'll probably end up bringing 5 of them, lol. I got my RB champagne sparkle player (with flanged hoops sounds fantastic), RB COB, Ludwig 60's Blue sparkle Jazzfest, 60's 5 and 6.5 Supras, 60's 5" Acro...

Anyhow, here's a bad photo.

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Old 10-22-2013, 01:22 AM
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ok, bumping this because I finally got half decent photos. Finally got this kit set up in our lockout room. This particular kit hasn't been set up since I jammed with a co-worker in like 2008.





So as I've been mentioning in nearly every post, I haven't played daily in 5 years. And god it shows. Really need to get my feeling back. It's not that I've forgotten how to do anything, I just haven't done it in so long that my body's not used to it anymore, as for 98% of the last 5 years all my drumming has been finger tapping on my desk or full-on air-drumming.
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:53 AM
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Here's an old pic of my renown in all it's glory.




And here's my first complete USA kit.

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Old 11-03-2013, 11:59 AM
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Here's one more for the Gretsch family. Here's my picture of a Brooklyn Bop kit - 8x12, 14x14, 14x18.

The snare is a 5x14 Gretsch 2002 USA Custom Vinnie Colaiuta Signature Millennial Maple my wife purchased for me as a Christmas gift when it first came out.

I received them yesterday from Steve Maxwell's shop. Didn't have a great deal of time to play them once I went through the unpacking, inspection, assembly and tuning process but the little time I did have with them was beautiful.

A special thanks to Anthony for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for me on this line of Gretsch.

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Old 11-03-2013, 12:57 PM
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:23 PM
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Wow, D. Every clip I've heard of the Brooklyns has sounded perfect to me. I covet those drums! I'm sort of on-the-fence about Brooklyns and USA Customs. Ants really hipped me to the sound of the Brooklyns.

I will join this family myself one day in the not-too-distant-future. Until then, I'll just be envious of (but happy for) you!
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:33 PM
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nice kit. looks really sweet.
Thanks. It’s a wonderful set of drums for sure.

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Wow, D. Every clip I've heard of the Brooklyns has sounded perfect to me. I covet those drums! I'm sort of on-the-fence about Brooklyns and USA Customs. Ants really hipped me to the sound of the Brooklyns.

I will join this family myself one day in the not-too-distant-future. Until then, I'll just be envious of (but happy for) you!
Thanks Larry. As a USA owner and now Brooklyn owner I can say they are both very different and yet both very Gretsch (as are the New Classics I have). If you are on the fence, you are in a win/win situation. Either choice will yield a stellar result. Obviously the wood and hoops are the differences, the hardware is the same. It would be impossible to make a recommendation now owning and have played both.
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:37 PM
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Here's one more for the Gretsch family. Here's my picture of a Brooklyn Bop kit - 8x12, 14x14, 14x18.
Absolutely gorgeous David, enjoy the new baby :)

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Wow, D. Every clip I've heard of the Brooklyns has sounded perfect to me. I covet those drums! I'm sort of on-the-fence about Brooklyns and USA Customs.
Brooklyn... and Keith Carlock :)

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Old 11-03-2013, 02:47 PM
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Here's one more for the Gretsch family. Here's my picture of a Brooklyn Bop kit - 8x12, 14x14, 14x18.
Clean, crisp, & inviting - love it! Very pleased for you David, & wish you many hours of joy with these :)
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:09 PM
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Clean, crisp, & inviting - love it! Very pleased for you David, & wish you many hours of joy with these :)
Thank you both very much.

Had sometime to spend with these yesterday to try dialing them into my personal taste.

So far my analogy is this… USA Customs and New Classics had a child and called it Brooklyn. There are characteristic elements of both in the new set.
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:55 PM
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Here's one more for the Gretsch family. Here's my picture of a Brooklyn Bop kit - 8x12, 14x14, 14x18.

The snare is a 5x14 Gretsch 2002 USA Custom Vinnie Colaiuta Signature Millennial Maple my wife purchased for me as a Christmas gift when it first came out.

I received them yesterday from Steve Maxwell's shop. Didn't have a great deal of time to play them once I went through the unpacking, inspection, assembly and tuning process but the little time I did have with them was beautiful.

A special thanks to Anthony for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for me on this line of Gretsch.

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DMACC..................those are gorgeous.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:30 PM
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Here's one more for the Gretsch family. Here's my picture of a Brooklyn Bop kit - 8x12, 14x14, 14x18.

The snare is a 5x14 Gretsch 2002 USA Custom Vinnie Colaiuta Signature Millennial Maple my wife purchased for me as a Christmas gift when it first came out.

I received them yesterday from Steve Maxwell's shop. Didn't have a great deal of time to play them once I went through the unpacking, inspection, assembly and tuning process but the little time I did have with them was beautiful.

A special thanks to Anthony for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for me on this line of Gretsch.

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I just noticed , it looks like your kit has 302 double flange hoops instead of standard diecast. Did you order these this way ?
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DMACC..................those are gorgeous.
Thank you. I'm a sucker for the natural maple finish.

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I just noticed , it looks like your kit has 302 double flange hoops instead of standard diecast. Did you order these this way ?
Actually, Brooklyns come standard with the 302 hoops. The USA Customs are diecast as are my New Classics. Not sure about the Renowns, etc...
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:35 PM
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Thank you. I'm a sucker for the natural maple finish.



Actually, Brooklyns come standard with the 302 hoops. The USA Customs are diecast as are my New Classics. Not sure about the Renowns, etc...
I realized after I sent that post that it was a Brooklyn kit. My USA Custom Espresso Burst came with 302 hoops, I ended up swapping out the 302 hoops for Gretsch diecast hoops.
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Here's one more for the Gretsch family. Here's my picture of a Brooklyn Bop kit - 8x12, 14x14, 14x18.

The snare is a 5x14 Gretsch 2002 USA Custom Vinnie Colaiuta Signature Millennial Maple my wife purchased for me as a Christmas gift when it first came out.

I received them yesterday from Steve Maxwell's shop. Didn't have a great deal of time to play them once I went through the unpacking, inspection, assembly and tuning process but the little time I did have with them was beautiful.

A special thanks to Anthony for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for me on this line of Gretsch.

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Great looking kit, looks like you have a thing for blondes! I would like to add a Brooklyn kit to my Gretsch collection someday.
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Here's one more for the Gretsch family. Here's my picture of a Brooklyn Bop kit - 8x12, 14x14, 14x18.

The snare is a 5x14 Gretsch 2002 USA Custom Vinnie Colaiuta Signature Millennial Maple my wife purchased for me as a Christmas gift when it first came out.

I received them yesterday from Steve Maxwell's shop. Didn't have a great deal of time to play them once I went through the unpacking, inspection, assembly and tuning process but the little time I did have with them was beautiful.

A special thanks to Anthony for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for me on this line of Gretsch.

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wow Dave they came in quick

and Steve took care of you I see.....those are beautiful!!!!!!!

great finish choice and congrats my brother

truly a supreme instrument ....enjoy them to the fullest ....

...and you are welcome....it was absolutely my pleasure

any time I get to talk about Gretsch drums it's a good day for me

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Old 11-07-2013, 05:13 PM
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wow Dave they came in quick

and Steve took care of you I see.....those are beautiful!!!!!!!

great finish choice and congrats my brother

truly a supreme instrument ....enjoy them to the fullest ....

...and you are welcome....it was absolutely my pleasure

any time I get to talk about Gretsch drums it's a good day for me

can't wait to hear you on them
Thanks Anthony, much appreciated. Yes, Jess emailed me and told me he actually had 1 left in the house he could send me with that finish so I snagged them.
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Thanks Anthony, much appreciated. Yes, Jess emailed me and told me he actually had 1 left in the house he could send me with that finish so I snagged them.
Jess Birch is a great guy

he and I speak almost every day via email and text.......I assault him with a barrage of questions and he and Steve both are glad to respond every single time within minutes
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...so the wife and I just had a beautiful house built on 7 acres up in the woods of Green Brook NJ.
for the first time in my life I am not in a city where I can walk to get a cup of coffee....an adjustment process for me for sure.

but in the house I had a sound controlled music room built in.
it's not finished being set up yet but I was anxious to show my Drummerworld brothers my new utopia.

I'll be sure to post more when it is complete with some amazing art work I bought.
some great paintings of Tony Williams, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones done by a local artist will be gracing the walls.
and a beautiful cymbal display that I will erect for my 25 or so cymbals that I love dearly.

but for now here are my Gretsch babys

up on the shelf :

merlot sparkle New Classic - 10, 12, 14, 20
champagne sparkle 1966 RB - 12, 14, 20 - matching snare in snare display
marine pearl Catalina bop - 12, 14, 18 - matching snare in snare display

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Brooklyn Bop in mahogany finish - 12, 14, 18 - matching snare
cymbals on the bop - all Zildjian K Con
22" medium thin low
20" light with 3 rivets
14" hats

other snares in snare display -
90s Ludwig black beauty
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Hey there!
First of all I would like to mention there are so many awesome kit's in this thread. Thanks for posting pics everyone, it's a pleasure.

This is my Gretsch kit. It was love at first 'sight'. It's small, but I love the sound, feel and look of these drums.

Gibraltar hardware and Zildjian A-custom cymbals.

*Plz don't pay attention to my snare-alternative ;). Sold my snare and I still haven't decided what snare I'm going to buy :3. So hard to choose!
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:12 PM
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Hey there!
First of all I would like to mention there are so many awesome kit's in this thread. Thanks for posting pics everyone, it's a pleasure.

This is my Gretsch kit. It was love at first 'sight'. It's small, but I love the sound, feel and look of these drums.

Gibraltar hardware and Zildjian A-custom cymbals.

*Plz don't pay attention to my snare-alternative ;). Sold my snare and I still haven't decided what snare I'm going to buy :3. So hard to choose!
Beautiful! Welcome to the forum. Have you ever considered a New Classic snare? I understand they are going fast. They really are very nice if you like the Gretsch sound.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:13 PM
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Beautiful! Welcome to the forum. Have you ever considered a New Classic snare? I understand they are going fast. They really are very nice if you like the Gretsch sound.
Thanks!
I'm probably going to buy the matching new classic snare after all. Was saving money to buy the Brian frazier moore signature snare... It's so awesome, but soooo expensive...

Tried a lot of snares lately, but it's so hard to choose. The gretsch snare is great in my opinion, especially when looking at the price.

And I'm in love with the gretsch sound. Played pearl before this one, but wow I was truly amazed by the sound these drums produced. Such a small bass, but with such a deep, low sound!
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:37 PM
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No comparison to some of the fine high end kits here, but when I decided to get back into playing about 8 yrs ago I picked up an affordable Black Hawk kit on Ebay and within a year was in my first band. Cymbals, stands and throne were swapped for high end stuff but these drums have endured 5 yrs of gigs and practice with hundreds of shows and I am a hard hitter. Never had anything fail and like another member said....it matters what kind of heads you use. Decent heads and of course drum mics make a low end kit sound like a set of DW's!
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I might be the only one with a double bass kit...
Catalina Maple:
14x6 Snare
8x7, 10x8, and 12x10 rack
14x14 and 16x16 floor
18" and 19" A Custom Projection Crashes
18" and 20" Oriental China Trash
6", 8", and 10" A Custom Splashes
Old 20" ZBT ride
21" Z3 Megabell Ride
14" Pitchblack HiHats
Axis Longboards with Iron Cobra beaters
and not in this picture, I have a 10x6 PDP blackout snare

I apologize for the mess, as this is what has become of my room while I was away at school this semester. I've got some cleaning up to do...
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:04 AM
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Could be the last kit I ever buy :)

USA Custom in Vintage Oyster White

14x20, 8x12, 14x14

Just need the snare to go with it. Will be arriving just in time for Christmas!
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Default Re: Let's see your Gretsch kits (saved the best for last!)

The best word for this is “WOW”
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Default Re: Let's see your Gretsch kits (saved the best for last!)

Very nice Teggs. Love the color and the sizes.
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Default Re: Finally got my dream kit :)

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Could be the last kit I ever buy :)

USA Custom in Vintage Oyster White

14x20, 8x12, 14x14

Just need the snare to go with it. Will be arriving just in time for Christmas!

Very nice kit, love the wrap. It remonds me of the 1971 Gretsch WMP kit I owned years ago.
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Default Re: Let's see your Gretsch kits (saved the best for last!)

heres all the gang together;
main kit - 22, 12, 13, 16,
additions - 18 bass (converted without drilling from a tom)
20 bass looks like a former renown. unfortunately extensively redrilled, aand a 14 tom converted to a floor with a rims.
bass drums to be restained to match the kit, i have a stripped 22 bass that in practising on.
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