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Old 01-22-2010, 05:34 PM
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:46 PM
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I'm new at this so I don't know how to list the description under the pics, but I'll figure it out.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:12 PM
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Until I can figure out how to post pics vertically with the description underneath, I'll just post the descriptions. I'm not very computer savvy as you can probably tell. Any help would be appreciated. The finish on the kit is Vintage Walnut and the sizes are 8x8, 8x10, 12x14, 14x16, 16x20, and 5.5x14. The snares in order are: 5.5x14 USA Custom Solid Maple, 6.5x14 Yamaha Seamless Brass, 6.5x14 Pearl Bronze Sensitone, 5.5x14 '78 Premier 33 Birch, and 6.5x14 USA Custom Millenium Maple
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:32 PM
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Beautiful drums. Those are some nice vintage shells, they must sound great!
I'm particularly fond of the Premier snare, too.
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:30 AM
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Where are all the Gretsch fans at?
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:01 PM
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I'm jealous. That's all what I'm able to say at the moment...
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:09 PM
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Nice, nice, nice!

I bet those shells are producing some creamy tones about now!
Beautiful!
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:35 AM
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Ahh, that's a nice, interesting und fairly uncommon kit! Gretsch is Gretsch, and there is no need to add anything. What I find really nice are the small toms: I love small toms, and as far as I can remember 8" toms were not common at all at the beginning of the '80!

A question: I guess originally the toms did not have any RIMS-like suspension system: did you notice a relevant sound difference between the original mounting system and the new one?
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:25 PM
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They sounded noticably better (more open and resonant) after adding the RIMS mounts. The shells still have the holes where they used to be mounted, but I haven't tried to fill them or anything. I just think of them as extra air hole vents.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:40 AM
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These are my 79-81 USA customs ( they didn't have any other kind at the time )
Yes they sound Great
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:43 AM
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very nice kits gents. Would love to have one of those for sure. But for now I'll suffer with my 2007 Renowns.
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:55 AM
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very nice kits gents. Would love to have one of those for sure. But for now I'll suffer with my 2007 Renowns.
Tough way to suffer!
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:38 PM
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Did they already have RIMS mounts back in 81?? :D
Nice kits guys!

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Old 01-27-2010, 05:45 PM
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They were just being introduced to the market. I got mine a couple of years ago.
Do they make a difference?
Hard to tell, they sounded great before and they sound great now! ((( THUNDER )))
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:35 PM
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I love your kit! It looks like you have the Gibralter RIMS style mounts. I had those on a Keller kit I biult and they're basically the same as RIMS. The ones on my USA are from late 80's or early 90's. What are your sizes? Is it Dark Walnut?

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Old 01-28-2010, 01:47 AM
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Im gonna post some pics of my '08 USA Walnut kit as soon as I get some kick drum heads on it. The sizes are 8x12, 16x18, 16x24
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:07 AM
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Yes it is dark walnut, had to wait 6 months for them
the sizes are
14x20 bass
8x8
8x10
10x12
11x13 (not pictured)
16x16
16x18
various snares
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