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Old 04-22-2011, 09:07 AM
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Default New kit, yeah! Gretsch Renown Jazz + Byzance

Hi, everyone!
Picked up my new kit after a three hour drive yesterday. It's a Gretsch Renown Jazz in Dark Walnut. I traded my Shine Select Custom with a 13" HHX Evolution to get it. I got the kit along with a Meinl Byzance 20" Sand Ride. First I wasn't impressed of the ride (I maybe had to high expectiations), but now I love it. It was a little bit heavier than I thought. Since I only have one cymbal right now, it's kind of black and white, no colours so to say, haha!

Gretsch Renown Maple Jazz 18" x 14", 14" x 14", 12" x 8"
Evans G2 over G1.

Snare: Cheap steel piccolo. I'll either go for the cheaper Mapex MPX 13" x 6", or with the more expensive YMCA snare. Will change the hoops to wood, atleast. Maybe make my own.

Cymbal:
Meinl Byzance Vintage 20" Sand Ride (Benny Greb signature)

Hardware:
Cheap no-name DW5000 copies (those you can get at Thomann and Musicstore)



Will take some new photos during the easter brake with the Nikon. Taken with my iPhone.
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:56 AM
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Default Re: New kit, yeah! Gretsch Renown Jazz + Byzance

Awesome Cameo !! Really love that finish !
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:58 AM
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Awesome Cameo !! Really love that finish !
Thank you!
Here's one more picture showing the beautiful finish. Did a really cool thing with the cowbell, too. I have a DW tom-holder, which I turned upside down. The cowbell-holder you usually put on the bass drum (but I don't want scratches). Lowered the cymbal also.



Now I just have to wait for the other cymbals and a snare.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:45 AM
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Default Re: New kit, yeah! Gretsch Renown Jazz + Byzance

I've got the same kit, but in blue sparkle! Cool little thing! I did immediately replace all heads though. Are you sure you got the sizes correct though? Mine are 12x8, 14x14, 18x14...

Enjoy! (and get some hi-hats).
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:20 PM
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Are you sure you got the sizes correct though? Mine are 12x8, 14x14, 18x14...

Enjoy! (and get some hi-hats).
Wrote the size on the rack tom wrong. Thought the bass was 16" deep, though.
I have some Sand hats on the way! :)
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:33 PM
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Default Re: New kit, yeah! Gretsch Renown Jazz + Byzance

The older Renowns indeed had a 18x16. The newest batch (the one that's EU-only) sports and 18x14. So it could be!

Either way, it doesn't matter. Enjoy!
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:50 AM
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You guys definitely got the best Renown colors over there. The U.S. finishes are little more boring IMO.. We used to have really nice colors when they first came out.
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