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Old 02-09-2008, 08:23 PM
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Default My Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz

Cheers. :)

Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz:
18x14", 12x08", 14x14", 14x5"

Meinl Byzance:
- 14" medium hats, 10" splash, 18" medium-thin crash, 21" dark ride, 20" jazz clubride.
Meinl Soundcaster Custom:
- 16" thin crash

I also have lots of other stuff lying around, for instance the Zildjian Avedis 22" swish (70'ies) in one of the pictures.















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Old 02-09-2008, 08:27 PM
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Oh how I love those smaller jazz size kits! Nice cymbals too.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:28 PM
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Love it! Love it! Love it! My favorite color. That kit screams class!!
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:48 PM
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Oh man...I love the Catalina Jazz and I don`t understand why I was so sceptical about it first. But really, that is great!!!

Is that a Wolfgang Haffner Byzance Club Flat Ride? haha, and did you know that Wolfgang called his signature flattie "club" ride because he is such a big fan of a German soccer "club"?
And btw, the club colours are red and black...that`s why his Yammie signature snare drum is red and black...

Thought I`d mention...I actually found this surprising. :-D

However...great kit and cymbals!

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Old 02-09-2008, 09:21 PM
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Oh man...I love the Catalina Jazz and I don`t understand why I was so sceptical about it first. But really, that is great!!!

Is that a Wolfgang Haffner Byzance Club Flat Ride? haha, and did you know that Wolfgang called his signature flattie "club" ride because he is such a big fan of a German soccer "club"?
And btw, the club colours are red and black...that`s why his Yammie signature snare drum is red and black...

Thought I`d mention...I actually found this surprising. :-D

However...great kit and cymbals!

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Thanks! It is indeed the Haffner ride, great drummer, AWESOME ride! And no, I didnt know that, I thought it was because it was supposed to be used in clubs or something. :p
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:22 PM
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Wow! What beautiful pictures. The finish and the cymbals are really stunning. Looks like you get a lot of enjoyment out of a kit like that.
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:24 PM
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Thanks! It is indeed the Haffner ride, great drummer, AWESOME ride! And no, I didnt know that, I thought it was because it was supposed to be used in clubs or something. :p
Yes, I thought that, too...so obviously I was very surprised when he talked about this.
Glad you like it. Havn`t got the chance to test it, yet but it`s high on my test and must check out-list!

And how do you find the Catalina`s quality and sound?

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Old 02-09-2008, 10:34 PM
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Great kit of course (I used to have one) and I love the choice in Cymbals.

I'd kill for that room too. Is the rest of the house like that? Wood walls/floor?
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:45 PM
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Very nice looking kit.

Why aren't there any wingnuts on the cymbal stands?
I see that a lot on jazz kits.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:52 PM
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Very nice looking kit.

Why aren't there any wingnuts on the cymbal stands?
I see that a lot on jazz kits.
Because it looks cool :)

I do it because it looks more vintage and it makes taking cymbals on and off easier. If you don't get any benefit from the top felt I don't see any point in having them. They're not going to fly off the stand.
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:50 PM
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Thanks again for the comments!

Drummer Karl: They sound amazing, and the quality is great. I thought the snare would be horrible and lack character (sp?), but it actually sounds great now, after I bought a Remo Ambassador snare resonant head for it, really tight and crisp.

Trash Drummer: As fourstringdrums mentioned, I dont have any felts or wingnuts because its not needed (except on my splash when I use it), I dont really hit anything so hard that its in danger of falling off, and it saves me a lot of setting up/down time.

EDIT: No, the rest of the house isnt like that, just the "musicroom". The drums arent usually placed like this either, but inside the wall, but that doesnt give me any room for drivers seat pictures.
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:39 AM
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Nice. I guess my avatar says what I think about the Gretsch brand. Very nice.
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:19 AM
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Thanks, Gretsch is great!

Added specs to the first post.
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:40 AM
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Nice drums. Even nicer , cosier music space!
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:42 PM
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wow! They look amazing! I love the finish man!
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:51 PM
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Thank you! I still cant get over how cheap they were, 599$ with hardware!
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:15 PM
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Man,
I really enjoy looking at other people's kits. Sweet setup!

Wish I still had my old swish.
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Old 02-12-2008, 02:47 AM
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Amazing. Simply outstanding. Any way to get sound clips, or better yet a video of you playing. I am really interested in buying that kind of set as well as a swisher thingy.
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:25 AM
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Amazing. Simply outstanding. Any way to get sound clips, or better yet a video of you playing. I am really interested in buying that kind of set as well as a swisher thingy.
Ill try to get some up!
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:54 PM
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Those kits are neat looking. I have a Gretsch Catalina Rock and it's fun to play. Sort of the opposite of the spectrum though, but they construction is the same. I played a jazz style kit before, but just couldn't stand the small sizes. Nice cymbals though. Meinls are not too common around here though, so I've never heard any other than MCS but they look like they would sound great. As for the top washer, wingnut debate: Wingnuts and big felts can be useful to alter the sound of a cymbal. For instance tightening big felts around a washy ride cymbal will dry out the sound a bit giving you more options of sound.
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:05 PM
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wow cool nice setup there. man i love Gretsch
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:00 AM
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Thanks again for the comments!

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For instance tightening big felts around a washy ride cymbal will dry out the sound a bit giving you more options of sound.
Yes, or you can take them off and get the full, nice, open cymbalsound. Wich I like. ;)
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Old 02-21-2008, 04:10 AM
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Still a great kit, Audun! ;)
Love it!
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:54 PM
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thats an amzing kit!!! lol
i love mienl and yamaha hardware XD
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:58 PM
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Beatiful kit:) I really love the catalina jazz kits. It is to bad that the future of gretsch is so unscertain in Norway. By the way? Have you changed the reso heads? Gretsch is impressing everyone with evans g1's on top, but the bottom heads are like gladpack. You should also change the floor toms knotts;)
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I just bought a Catalina birch kit and am now a true Gretsch fan. Very nice looking kit and I am sure it sounds just as good.
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:45 PM
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Awesome kit, as was already said...that just screams classy. My wife bought me a set of Gretsch Cat maples, and I recorded with them last month, and with minimal work and tuning they sounded amazing. I'm a Gretsch fan now and may approach Grunters dad about starting a Gretsch commune..lol...
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:14 AM
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Default Re: My Gretsch Catalina Jazz

Thanks guys for a helpful thread.

I've been thinking for a while about getting a Catalina shell pack to give me a nice compact kit for small venues. The good things people have had to say have given me the impetus to go and get some prices.

Now comes the trickiest part - trying to get a reasonable price in Australia.
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:57 AM
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Thanks guys for a helpful thread.

I've been thinking for a while about getting a Catalina shell pack to give me a nice compact kit for small venues. The good things people have had to say have given me the impetus to go and get some prices.

Now comes the trickiest part - trying to get a reasonable price in Australia.
Do it..I use mine for conemporary pop and funk/ D&B! They are fabulous little kits!!
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Can anyone say groove? Nice kit it's got a lot of class.
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Old 04-27-2008, 02:35 PM
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Can anyone say groove? Nice kit it's got a lot of class.
I can! Groove! (I can groove, haha)

Thanks again for the comments!

MagnZ: How is their future uncertain? And no, I havent changed the stockheads on the toms or bassdrum. Will do when my wallet agrees, but the kick actually sounds amazing now, just as much power as my 22", belive it or not.

I am also planning to get some flatbase hardware and one of those cymbalmounts drilled into the kick. Hows that sound?
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nice kit...

although i might be a bit biased seeing as how i also have the same kit/sam finish lol
but god i wish i had those cymbals.

what do you think of the riser?
mine chewed my hoop and made the beater hit at a weird angle.

how are you going to but a cymbal moiunt a drum?
please keep us updated.
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Old 04-28-2008, 05:16 PM
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I dont like the riser either, the pads who attach to the hoop doesnt secure the screws, so they go right through. I'll probably buy a better one some time.

I'll need to do some drilling to attacht the cymbal-mount, and I havent dared to yet.
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I WANT ONE!!!! I was at a music shop this afternoon after reading the comments on the forum about the little Gretsch Catalina Jazz kits... Then I heard the drums.... Love at first hearing...!!! Now I am in search of equally as impressive cymbals... Liking Istanbul cymbals... Any comments on those? Good quality etc?
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:17 AM
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I recently was forced (finacial dilemma) to sell my cat Jazz. I'm getting another one mid July. These little kits are too nice not to have one in your arsenal..especially if you have owned one in the past! Istanbul make great cymbals. I'm going on what others who own them are saying. Go for the Catalina Jazz!
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:44 AM
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Thanks for that... I really like the sound of these Mel Lewis Hi hats but I wasn't sure on the quality as they don't have a huge name and the price is way cheaper (NZD$560) rather than the zildjians and sabian hi hats price (around NZD$700) was thinking to myself is this a case of too good to be true...
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heres a pic of my sorely missed cat Jazzer


I'm goin for the same finish this time as well!!
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:56 AM
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Thanks for that... I really like the sound of these Mel Lewis Hi hats but I wasn't sure on the quality as they don't have a huge name and the price is way cheaper (NZD$560) rather than the zildjians and sabian hi hats price (around NZD$700) was thinking to myself is this a case of too good to be true...
Mel Lewis hats are great. If you like them, buy them. They're excellent quality and a really great set of hats.
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:57 AM
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Nice looking kits -- what do you think of your Byzance Dark Ride? I love that frickin cymbal!
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:01 AM
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That Gretsch looks increble, really neat.
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