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Old 12-31-2006, 04:57 PM
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Default My Gretsch Kit, with K. Constantinoples!

Hey Guys!

I have just taken some pictures, of my kit today.

The kit is a Gretsch Catalina Club in Silver Sparkle.
The sizes are:

10x7
13x13
16x16 Bass Drum
12x5 Snare

The cymbals is Zildjian:

14" Zildjian K Constantinople Hihat
20" Zildjian K Constantinople Flat Ride
22" Zildjian K Constantinople Medium w/ 3 rivets.
22" Zildjian K Constantinople Medium Thin High.

The hardware is Basix, Pearl, Gibraltar and Yamaha.
The 10x7 on the Snare stand, is just a little experiment!

I'm only 14 years old - I think my kit is ok! :-)

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Old 12-31-2006, 05:05 PM
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Damn that's such a nice kit. In fact thats actually my dream kit, except with different cymbals, but still Zildjian. How does that snare sound just out of interest?
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:25 PM
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damn, you're 14 and have such a kit?! :) seriously, a real beauty. i'm not into zildjians so much, but constantinoples are definitely one of their finest models. and gretsch... well what can i say. i have the catalina also, and it serves me so well, that if i will ever change it to any other kit, it will be a gretsch round badge :).
and you have remo's! stick to them, cause you won't get a better sound of these drums with any other heads.

really great choice!
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:30 PM
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this is a great kit for jazz and small places , your cymbals are amazing .
take care
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:12 PM
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Wow. Really nice jazz kit.
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:13 PM
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Wow. That kit is.. amazing. Gretsch, K Cons..the perfect jazz setup. I don't even want to ask how you acquired that beauty.. but, props!
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:14 PM
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Damn that's such a nice kit. In fact thats actually my dream kit, except with different cymbals, but still Zildjian. How does that snare sound just out of interest?
The Snare sounds really great! I having Coated Ambassador on it now, and i sounds amazingly, even though, it's just an 12x5
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:16 PM
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Looks like a great set man. Nice choice in cymbals and in bass drum sizes. Its fun playing with a small bass drum once in a while.
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:17 PM
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Thank you so much guys!
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Old 12-31-2006, 07:41 PM
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I think i'm gonna have to pull "sexy" out of my bag-o-adjectives. A very nice cymbal selection.
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Old 12-31-2006, 07:53 PM
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I think i'm gonna have to pull "sexy" out of my bag-o-adjectives. A very nice cymbal selection.
Thank you so much!! :-)
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:03 PM
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I want your cymbals man!!!!
those things are SWEET!!!!


Your kick pedal looks like it hits a little high on your bass drum though.
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:37 PM
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Default Re: My Gretsch Kit, with K. Constantinoples!

Looks like being spoiled has it's perks, kidding of course.

Although I would much rather see that rack tom on the bass drum, so it is not so far away from your floor tom.

But all in all, you have an amazing jazz kit.
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:45 PM
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Mines better!

Dude, i friggen wish! thats a sweet kit! damn, i want some K cons!
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:46 PM
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Looks like being spoiled has it's perks, kidding of course.

Although I would much rather see that rack tom on the bass drum, so it is not so far away from your floor tom.

But all in all, you have an amazing jazz kit.
Haha, thanks!

But, as i wrote earlier:

The 10x7 on the Snare stand, is just a little experiment! :-)
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Default Re: My Gretsch Kit, with K. Constantinoples!

Beautiful, beautiful kit. The big rides seem to dwarf the drums a little bit.

By the way, is your rack tom 5-lug? It might just be me, but it kind of looks that way in the picture.
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:43 AM
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By the way, is your rack tom 5-lug?
Yeah, the 10x7 is a 5-lug tom..
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:53 AM
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Haha, thanks!

But, as i wrote earlier:

The 10x7 on the Snare stand, is just a little experiment! :-)

i think it's pretty typical for jazz drummers (regarding to your nick,you seem to be one;)) to put small tom on the snare mount. as for me it's a great idea. you get far more possibilities of setting it up, than on the bass drum mount (i know, cause i have a bass drum mount:P).
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:37 AM
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What a beautiful kit. I love the cymbals,especially the Flat Ride. Zildjian makes some nice jazzy stuff. I wish I had this kind of set-up when I was 14....jeez...
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:06 AM
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Quite a few of the Gretsch kits in this price range have 5 lug rack toms, my catalina birch's have 3 rack toms with 5 lugs.

Makes tuning an arse
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That sparkle is awesome!! Nice cymbals and a very cosy setup! I like it!

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Old 01-01-2007, 02:54 PM
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i think it's pretty typical for jazz drummers (regarding to your nick,you seem to be one;)) to put small tom on the snare mount. as for me it's a great idea. you get far more possibilities of setting it up, than on the bass drum mount (i know, cause i have a bass drum mount:P).
yes, with a snare stand you are much more independent. It`s the same with mounted floor tom and leg-floor tom. but doesn`t the snare stand take a bit of the resoance. I know nobody can`t hear that actually...I`m just curious. :-)

hey, and an awesome jazz kit...I love the K Cons!

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Old 01-01-2007, 04:47 PM
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Default nice metal ;)

i like your cons, but their sizes look a little bit strange to the drums.

another question: is your snare (12x5) okay for jazz?
i owned a sonor designer in the same size, and that would not work.
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Old 01-01-2007, 11:33 PM
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another question: is your snare (12x5) okay for jazz?
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Oh, yes! The snare sounds very good for jazz and funk .. a good all-round snare!
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:32 AM
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yes, with a snare stand you are much more independent. It`s the same with mounted floor tom and leg-floor tom. but doesn`t the snare stand take a bit of the resoance. I know nobody can`t hear that actually...I`m just curious. :-)

hey, and an awesome jazz kit...I love the K Cons!

Karl
ive found that in my kit the stand does take some resonance, but this can be somewhat fixed by not letting the drum down all the way in the basket, but pinching the rim with the end of the rubber caps. http://drummerworld.com/forums/attac...1&d=1156391081
its hard to see, but something like this.

ah, here we go: http://drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15368
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I don't know how you guys deal with those tiny basses. I played on a 20" one time and was extremely annoyed. I believe there must be 22" or larger to be considered a bass drum otherwise you might as well call it "kick drum" only. I've never seen Constantinoples in person other than a pair of 18" orchestral crashes and a 20" suspended cymbal so I can't comment on the sound there. I've heard mixed reviews on the Gretsch Catalina clubs. I'm sure they sound fine though.
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Old 01-02-2007, 05:48 PM
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I don't know how you guys deal with those tiny basses. I played on a 20" one time and was extremely annoyed. I believe there must be 22" or larger to be considered a bass drum otherwise you might as well call it "kick drum" only. I've never seen Constantinoples in person other than a pair of 18" orchestral crashes and a 20" suspended cymbal so I can't comment on the sound there. I've heard mixed reviews on the Gretsch Catalina clubs. I'm sure they sound fine though.
It's jazz music, not contemporary rock or something. If you play on a 22+ bass for jazz, it overpowers everything else. The bass drum is not supposed to predominate in jazz music. And you may not consider something smaller than 22" a bass drum, but it's a matter of taste.
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Yeah, kung_f00 said it right. Also smaller bass drums are more punchy and that's more fitting in be-bop and up tempo jazz as the bass drum 'drops' and 'punches' in between.

It's largely based on personal preferance as well, I myself don't like big bass drums and given the choice would always use an 18" rather than a 22" even if I was playing rock or metal or whatever.
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K Cons suspended over little fishes... Blissful....
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Haha, thank you so much!
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your 14 and you think your kits ok?!? Dude most of us played beginner kits with sheet metal for cymbals

your lucky man!

Like the K's
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dear god
how did u get that kit
im fourteen and playing a premeir olympic with factory heads and hihat. managed to buy ZXT rock crash
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Oh, yes! The snare sounds very good for jazz and funk .. a good all-round snare!
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Quite a few of the Gretsch kits in this price range have 5 lug rack toms, my catalina birch's have 3 rack toms with 5 lugs.

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Haha, thanks!

But, as i wrote earlier:

The 10x7 on the Snare stand, is just a little experiment! :-)
Nice set up and great cymbals. I have a question...

... I see that your Catalina Club is in the older style with single lugs and long tuning rods. I did not know that Gretsch made a bop kit in that line with a 16" bass drum. Did you purchase that kit outside of the U.S.?
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dear god
how did u get that kit
im fourteen and playing a premeir olympic with factory heads and hihat. managed to buy ZXT rock crash
I'm 14 and I have a beginner kit (CB) but good cymbals, sabian hh 13" regular hats, aax 16" stage crash, I also have sabian aax stage hats, 14" but I am currently tyring to sell them for £100, any takers??
I saved for ages to get all these things, buy used, that helps. I probably get £40 to £35 a month, so I save for quite a while to get anything. I am currently saving for a Gretsch catalina jazz. I basically spend my money on nothing but drums, with the occasional exception that some new maps come out for Xbox live and I buy them.

Very nice kit Jazz Drummer, you should get some bosphours's for that kit. Isn't that bass 18"x16"?
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Hahaha, yes I spend all my money on drums. Altho I only get 20 squids a week.
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all the cymbals for £100 quid?
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Beautiful kit and cymbals!!!
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Love the kit!
I'm guessing the cymbals cost more than the drums? :)
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Love the kit!
I'm guessing the cymbals cost more than the drums? :)
I'm guessing the cymbals cost at least twice as much. I usually spend a lot more on shells than on cymbals. What made you decide to do it that way?

Great looking kit. I really like the hoops on the bass in natural rather than black, and the cymbals, well....outstanding.

How do you like the hats? (My next big purchase will be a set of K Constantinoples: 14" hats, 20" medium ride, and 18" and 16" crashes.)
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i love the look of those single lugs on the smaller drums. reminds me of old school ludwig club dates. also some older george way drum company/camco stuff had that same look.

nice cymbals too! cons are what cymbals should try to sound like.
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