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Old 02-02-2012, 07:11 AM
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Just thought I would post my refinished Gretsch Catalina Clubs. These were once white marine pearl. The only problem was that I bought them used and each drum had faded to a different color and the bass drum was half white half yellow. I was going to buy a new drum set but currently do not have the money (broke college student). I always liked the sound of these drums but they just appeared cheap to me and I wanted something that I could be proud of. That's when I decided to stain them.

At first I was a little worried because they are made of luan. I decided that if the grain was terrible I would just buy wrap and re wrap them. After removing the wrap it was pretty nice so I settled on a red mahogany stain. I figured the darker color would hide some of the slight imperfections which it does.

Hope you like. They are not perfect but it took a lot of time and they sound great. I have a few things left to do like add vent hole eylets and I am also going to take off the tom mount but I need to get a plate made first.

Also I forgot to mention that I tung oiled the bass rims that were beat up and the insides of the shells.
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Sorry the pictures are not great they were taken on my phone.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:04 AM
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So here are some better pictures

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All drums besides snare are catalina clubs with edges fixed to perfection, tung oil to seal the inside of the shell and refinished.

18x14 - bass
12x8 - rack tom
14x14 - floor tom
14x4.5 - CLE Custom maple snare drum

14" holo logo Rock hats with toca seed rattles (warms up the sound with a better chick)
16" K custom fast crash
20" K custom dry ride
19" Zildjian beautiful baby ride

Yamaha snare stand and Hi-hat stand
Roc n Soc throne
Ludwig lightweight flat base stands
Pearl Demon Drive single pedal
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:07 AM
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Looks good. That "inferior" wood grain looks great too. The whole inferior thing is a joke by the way. Some people spend much more for some unobtainable wood to look fantastic...in their room. It looks great and you did a good job. Is that a Coated PS3 on the kick? My personal favorite; especially for small kicks.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:17 AM
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I agree completely and yes that is a coated PS3. I obviously need new heads but the combo I have on the bass makes it work for rock gigs. I always keep the coated PS3 on the kick but I change up the front head depending on the gig. For the rock gig I use an Evans retro screen I never thought that a retro screen would work for me but for some reason it does. I get a lot of low end with it which is not what you would think.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:48 AM
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Whatever works. Doesn't matter what it is as long as it works.
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