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Old 04-08-2011, 03:27 PM
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So, I have this Shine-kit that I've wanted to get rid of. Emailed some stores here in southern Sweden with no luck, but then... One store want to trade it with a Gretsch Renown Maple in Dark Walnut. Sizes are 18x16, 12x8, 14x14. Exactly my sizes!
I'll get rid of my Shine and HHX Evo with a tiny amount money, and'll get a Gretsch Renown and a Meinl Byzance Sand Ride! I'M SOOO HAPPY!

Just wanted to share this. Have you ever been this exited over a trade or purchase?
What do you Gretsch preachers (Gruntersdad and everyone else - hi!) think about it?

AH! SO EXITED! CAN'T WAIT! This is perfect for the gigs at local festivals this summer! <3
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I don't know Shine kits but if you can get by or want the 18 kick and they are willing to do it on a one for one trade, I say go for it. The dark walnut is gorgeous.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:14 PM
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The dark walnut is gorgeous.
Indeed.
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Gorgeous. I say go for it!! If I could find an 18" Renown kick in Cherry Burst I would pounce on it.
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I'll get rid of my Shine and HHX Evo with a tiny amount money, and'll get a Gretsch Renown and a Meinl Byzance Sand Ride! I'M SOOO HAPPY!
I don't know about this... but this is slightly off-topic... but did you ever see Jeff Beck playing live in recent times? His drummer has a Gretsch, and I absolutely love the sound. I never thought I'd lean towards one brand of drumset. But I think I may be a Gretsch guy after hearing Beck's drummer play. It was the Rock 'n' Roll Induction Ceremony that I saw it.
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I say get the deal going before the store realizes what they've agreed to! Those Gretsches are gorgeous and if it's what you want, sounds like a win-win to me!
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I don't know about this... but this is slightly off-topic... but did you ever see Jeff Beck playing live in recent times? His drummer has a Gretsch, and I absolutely love the sound. I never thought I'd lean towards one brand of drumset. But I think I may be a Gretsch guy after hearing Beck's drummer play. It was the Rock 'n' Roll Induction Ceremony that I saw it.
It's that special, unique Gretsch-soun, haha!
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:15 AM
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That is a great looking kit. I am a very envious man!

No love for the Shine Drums? Were they not up to much in the end after all? I remember their bass guitars being reasonably nice.
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That is a great looking kit. I am a very envious man!

No love for the Shine Drums? Were they not up to much in the end after all? I remember their bass guitars being reasonably nice.
Do they make bass guitars? I didn't know that... :)
I wanted smaller sizes. Right after I bought them I broke up with the band.
I mostly play jazz, funk, indie, pop and lighter rock now.
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Do they make bass guitars? I didn't know that... :)
I wanted smaller sizes. Right after I bought them I broke up with the band.
I mostly play jazz, funk, indie, pop and lighter rock now.
Good reasons! I really am a fan of smaller sized drums but with larger cymbals! I play a 16" kick at the moment.

I assume it's the same company. One of my friends a few years had a Shine bass guitar and I thought it was a really well put-together, decent-sounding bass. I was surprised when he told me how much he got it for! That will never stop me wanting a Fender P-Bass or a really good short-scale, but the Shine was a decent instrument.
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Do they make bass guitars? I didn't know that... :)
I wanted smaller sizes. Right after I bought them I broke up with the band.
I mostly play jazz, funk, indie, pop and lighter rock now.
Well, your Gretsch kit will be in good company because Gretsch makes awesome guitars!
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Well, your Gretsch kit will be in good company because Gretsch makes awesome guitars!
Bo, you're setting off my Guitar Acquisition Mode. I already have too many...
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Yes, Shine made very nice custom kits (pricey but quality and sound was that of DW). They were located just up the road from me but they have since gone out of business.

But congrats on the Gretsch!

Gruntersdad - do you have that 57 kit in your avatar? What model kit did they put that finish on? I would love to have that... unfortunately I recently purchased a Pearl Masters and Roland TD-12 so I am tapped for awhile.
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Yes, Shine made very nice custom kits (pricey but quality and sound was that of DW). They were located just up the road from me but they have since gone out of business.

But congrats on the Gretsch!

Gruntersdad - do you have that 57 kit in your avatar? What model kit did they put that finish on? I would love to have that... unfortunately I recently purchased a Pearl Masters and Roland TD-12 so I am tapped for awhile.
The shop I bought them from is an official reseller and he told me that Shine was back in buisness again.

The '57-kit is originally a Renown.
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Good reasons! I really am a fan of smaller sized drums but with larger cymbals! I play a 16" kick at the moment.
First I bought a DW Mini Pro, but the seller didn't send, so after three months and no drums I ended the deal. That's why I bought the Shine in the first place, and that's why I dislike them: too big, but good sounding.
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Bo, you're setting off my Guitar Acquisition Mode. I already have too many...
I think it's time for you to pick up a Chet Atkin's Country Gentleman..... ;)
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I think it's time for you to pick up a Chet Atkin's Country Gentleman..... ;)
More like the Brian Setzer signature...
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More like the Brian Setzer signature...
That's a nice one too, but I like the slim line of the Chet - it's like Gibson was trying to copy it when they made the 335. I wish I could play like Chet is probably more like it (if at all)!
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:38 PM
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That's a nice one too, but I like the slim line of the Chet - it's like Gibson was trying to copy it when they made the 335. I wish I could play like Chet is probably more like it (if at all)!
Hell, I wish I could look like Brian Setzer.

Funny story. There's a popular shop on the English South Coast that has a 'Brian Setzer Signature' guitar in the display case at the front of the shop as you walk in. Signed by the man himself. It has a price tag of £14,000 (If I recall) and figured that was just ridiculous. Even worse, on closer inspection it was actually a slightly cheaper variant of the actual Setzer Signature. Last time I went there was about six months ago and it hadn't been sold. I've been to that shop several times in the last five years - think that counts as a fail.

I actually got my Stratocaster from that shop. Great shop, got my Strat for a steal secondhand. It needed work because the factory setup was so terrible. Beautiful guitar still even though now I've had it, almost none of the electricals are original...

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Something bad just happened. Luckily, it wasn't in my wallet because there is no way I could afford even the neck on that.
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wow! beautiful kit, congrats, drop into the gretsch forums sometime and post some pics/vids of you playing it when you get it going.
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Something bad just happened. Luckily, it wasn't in my wallet because there is no way I could afford even the neck on that.
I didn't understand a word, haha...
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I didn't understand a word, haha...
Probably should have had an implied cinema rating!
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Beautiful kit, I wish you could buy 18" Renown kicks here in the USA.
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Beautiful kit, I wish you could buy 18" Renown kicks here in the USA.
Oh, that's too bad.
I'll go to Malmö next weekend. The drive will take three hours if the traffic is nice and calm.
Will visit some friends there and on the way too, so the trip should be fun!
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I've got a Renown at the other end of the spectrum, the mahogany Purewood in rock sizes: 24x16 kick, 16x16, 13x9 and 14x5.5 snare. But a Renown is a Renown. They are super high-quality and sound amazing. You are gonna love your new drums. The dark walnut finish is truly beautiful. Congratulations!
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The dark walnut finish is truly beautiful. Congratulations!
Thank you!

I have one question for you Renown-owners... does it include Evans G2 heads on top? On bottom is...? Should I keep the G1's? Because the shop doesn't bother about what head's are included.
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I think clear G2 batter and clear G1 reso is the usual configuration. I like coated heads, so I replaced the batters with coated G2s.
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