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Old 01-18-2019, 04:17 PM
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I recently placed an order for a Gretsch USA Custom set. 14 x 18 bass drum, 14 x 14 floor tom, 8 x 12 mounted tom, matching 5.5 x 14 snare drum.

I've wanted to own a set of these drums for a very long time. I've never owned a lot of gear, just a few drum sets my whole life. This set won't be used on rock dates. Think small-group jazz, bebop, standards, etc. Single-ply heads tuned up to sing. I'm not going for versatility here, I have other drums for other situations.

The order will take 16–18 weeks. I cannot wait. Every day, I wake up thinking about these babies and smile. They're going to get here at the start of the summer. Talk about anticipation.

This feels self-indulgent, but I had to share with other drummers. I'm so excited. Of course, when the drums arrive, I will post pics, videos, etc.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:32 PM
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Ordering and talking/posting about new drums is not self-indulgent, it's why we are here. Congrats. May I inquire as to the finish.???
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:28 PM
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Nice! Looking forward to seeing pictures of your new kit.
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:30 PM
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Ordering and talking/posting about new drums is not self-indulgent, it's why we are here. Congrats. May I inquire as to the finish.???
funnY you should ask; i considEred teLLing everyOne but Wasn't sure if i should.
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funnY you should ask; i considEred teLLing everyOne but Wasn't sure if i should.
Matching tux as well?
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:08 PM
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Congratulations! One of the great days in drumming is realizing the dream gear dream. I recently got to do so, and I’m always made happy by someone else having that feeling. Looking forward to the pics when they arrive!
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:39 PM
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I don't know if I'd have the patience to wait 16 to 18 weeks.

I suppose if it's the set you've always wanted,
and plan to keep it till you're gone,
then the wait might not seem as bad.

Sounds like you're going to be excited and anticipating for several months.
Maybe that's a good thing.
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And looking forward to the pics when they arrive.
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:40 PM
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Congrats, you will love your new kit! It will be worth the wait. Here is a picture of my kit, identical sizes
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Old 01-19-2019, 02:30 AM
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Congrats! What finish/color did you order?
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Old 01-19-2019, 02:47 AM
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Welcome to the Gretsch thing ;)
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Old 01-19-2019, 03:46 AM
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Here’s mine. Congratulations!
All I can say is you will forever be satisfied the tone and sound of your drumkit.
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:10 AM
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Congrats, you will love your new kit! It will be worth the wait. Here is a picture of my kit, identical sizes

Oh my.....that...is....lovely...
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I recently placed an order for a Gretsch USA Custom set. 14 x 18 bass drum, 14 x 14 floor tom, 8 x 12 mounted tom, matching 5.5 x 14 snare drum.

I've wanted to own a set of these drums for a very long time. I've never owned a lot of gear, just a few drum sets my whole life. This set won't be used on rock dates. Think small-group jazz, bebop, standards, etc. Single-ply heads tuned up to sing. I'm not going for versatility here, I have other drums for other situations.

The order will take 16–18 weeks. I cannot wait. Every day, I wake up thinking about these babies and smile. They're going to get here at the start of the summer. Talk about anticipation.

This feels self-indulgent, but I had to share with other drummers. I'm so excited. Of course, when the drums arrive, I will post pics, videos, etc.
DUDE! congrats!!!! That's awesome :D
why does it take so long?
you need to indeed post pictures, #NGD is not #NGD without posting around!
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I've wanted to own a set of these drums for a very long time.
& that's reason enough :) Exciting!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-19-2019, 01:45 PM
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Congrats! What finish/color did you order?
Heh. My attempt to cleverly (?) encode this in a prior post seems to have failed, so I'll be explicit: Solid yellow gloss lacquer. My homage to my drumming hero.
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Old 01-19-2019, 01:48 PM
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Thanks for all the love, everyone. I cannot wait. But at the same time, it's kind of fun having something to look forward to. Yes, there will be photos and videos when they finally arrive.
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Having gone back and looked, the color pops right out. I thought maybe you were having computer problems 8+)
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Heh. My attempt to cleverly (?) encode this in a prior post seems to have failed, so I'll be explicit: Solid yellow gloss lacquer. My homage to my drumming hero.
Nice color choice, it will be worth the wait!
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Old 01-20-2019, 02:38 AM
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Heh. My attempt to cleverly (?) encode this in a prior post seems to have failed, so I'll be explicit: Solid yellow gloss lacquer. My homage to my drumming hero.
Nice! - I’ve always wanted a kit in TW Yellow...
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Old 01-20-2019, 03:21 AM
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Solid yellow gloss lacquer. My homage to my drumming hero.
Similar to this? https://i.imgur.com/WA9G9S8.png By law you must use black dot heads. It's what Tony would have wanted.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:23 AM
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Congrautlaions! I agree, having that to look forward to every day will make the winter seem less harsh!

How did you order the 12" tom? No mount, suspension mount or direct to shell mount? It seems like Gretsch is going back to a lot of direct to shell mounts on their toms recently.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:26 AM
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Congrats, you will love your new kit! It will be worth the wait. Here is a picture of my kit, identical sizes
Holy gorgeous drums, Batman! Those look incredible. You should be very proud to own those and smile every time you look at them!
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Old 01-20-2019, 08:08 AM
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Congratulation's 8Mile, Im sure it will be a lovely kit. I hope to one day have the honor of owning a USA Custom set.
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Old 01-20-2019, 03:56 PM
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Similar to this? https://i.imgur.com/WA9G9S8.png By law you must use black dot heads. It's what Tony would have wanted.
Haha. The black-dot heads on the monster set is definitely a thing. But the era of Tony's playing that inspired me the most was his mid-60's playing on those Blue Note dates and with Miles. So I'm going coated, single-ply.

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Congrautlaions! I agree, having that to look forward to every day will make the winter seem less harsh!

How did you order the 12" tom? No mount, suspension mount or direct to shell mount? It seems like Gretsch is going back to a lot of direct to shell mounts on their toms recently.
Funny you mention this, because it was by far the toughest decision I had to make. I ended up going with direct-to-shell bracket on the tom. And it will be mounted on the bass drum.
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I'm so excited for you Larry! You've held out for as long as I can remember. It's your time for sure.

What are you playing on currently? Will you keep your current set when the new drums come in?

Congratulations man. You deserve this.
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Congratulations !! That yellow gloss is going to get you some attention on stage. I think Gretsch is really killing it across all their entire range now. Please post some pics when you get them. Definitely worth waiting for.
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:19 PM
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I'm so excited for you Larry! You've held out for as long as I can remember. It's your time for sure.

What are you playing on currently? Will you keep your current set when the new drums come in?

Congratulations man. You deserve this.
Thanks, Larry!

I have Ludwig classic maple drums and I'm keeping them. They're all matching, but I play them as two separate, four-piece sets depending on the music and the room. I have 13/16/22 that I play for the loud stuff and 12/14/18 that I originally just wanted for small-group bop things.

The problem is, I find the small set works great in tiny rooms and small spaces, so I'm using it for rock music a lot of the time. And the head and tuning choices I like for playing bebop don't really fit classic rock, so I'm spending a lot of time changing heads and re-tuning to go back and forth between musical styles. I never imagined I'd be using that little set for anything but small-group, acoustic jazz, but here I am.

When my new Gretsch set comes in, it will be dedicated to the sound I want for bop and the 12/14/18 Luddies will be ready-to-go for rock at the local pub. So you see, I actually NEEDED these drums. Amirite???

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Old 01-29-2019, 10:26 PM
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Has it been 16–18 weeks yet???
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Has it been 16–18 weeks yet???
lol I had to wait about 8 days for my drum kit and it was intolerable. I feel your pain.
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I kinda know the feeling. I ordered my 3 piece instock from sweetwater, but had to wait about two months for the 18” floor Tom to be made...😊
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I would need to get the drums right away, otherwise I'd spend the wait time looking at all the other possibilities I could have bought and would make myself crazy.
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Today makes six weeks. 10–12 more to go.



I may be slightly excited.
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Today makes six weeks. 10–12 more to go.



I may be slightly excited.
This wait is gonna kill me... I wanna see it
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Just out of curiosity, did Tony ever play a yellow bop kit? I know yellow was his trademark color on his monster fusion kit, but I don't remember seeing him play yellow back I his bebop days.
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Just out of curiosity, did Tony ever play a yellow bop kit? I know yellow was his trademark color on his monster fusion kit, but I don't remember seeing him play yellow back I his bebop days.
Yep. But I'm not sure for how long and it's not what people associate with him. Which was kind of my idea; more of an homage than a direct rip-off.
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Vintage layout or modern or is it a mix of both?
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Vintage layout or modern or is it a mix of both?
There really isn't anything vintage in terms of hardware. The bass drum spurs, floor tom legs and the tom mount and tom brackets are all the modern stuff. I always had trouble adjusting those rail consollette mounts to get the rack tom where I wanted it. The only throwback thing about it is I'm having the bracket of the 8 x 12 tom attached directly to the shell of the drum.
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Besides the Tony Williams Yellow, I have the same kit. Mine is Satin Walnut. I love this kit.
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Congrats! You are going to love those drums! I picked up my USA Customs a couple years ago. It's well worth the wait, wonderful color choice as well!
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My man! Nice call 8!! Stoked to see her...
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