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Old 11-30-2008, 07:59 AM
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Default Gretsch Renown Maple - Deep Inca Gold Sparkle

Hey everyone...I'm new here, and here's my kit. Just picked these up a couple of months ago and I'm extremely pleased with them, both in terms of sound and looks. One of the best 'bang-for-the-buck' kits on the market.

Drums
10x8
14x14
20x16
14x5 1970 Slingerland Gene Krupa Soundking COB
14x5 Gretsch Renown Maple Snare

Sabian Cymbals
13" HHX Evolution Hats
20" AAX Studio Ride
21" HH Vintage Ride
22" HH Jose Pasillas Raw-Bell Dry Crash/Ride Prototype

*Updated specs, see post 20...
13" HHX Evolution Hats
20" Vault Artisan Light Ride
22" HHX Legacy Heavy Ride
22" Vault Artisan Medium Ride


And here's a soundclip...just little excerpts taken from a 21 minute warmup jam with my band...kind of sloppy, but whatever. It was recorded with a single AT2020 room mic.

http://media.putfile.com/November-23-Jam

See ya' around!
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:28 AM
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Hey Cjbee, Nice kit man and welcome to the forum. I like the finish I have a Tama star classic in gold crush glitter that is similar. Your band sounds cool, you have a great feel, not rushed at all. That Gene Kruper snare is Huge ! Enjoy the kit man.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:41 AM
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Haha nice one mate, I always like seeing it.

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Old 11-30-2008, 05:36 PM
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That DIGS sparkle is some sweet eye candy. Sweet drums. I own a set of renowns too 10x8 12x9 14x12 22x18. No kidding about the "bang-for-the-buck". The COB sounds great too. I like your cymbal lineup, the sound really goes well with your band's music. I didn't know sabian was working on a jose pasillas model but it sounds great.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:36 PM
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thats amazing...

i love how that kit looks!!!

very purdy!!

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Old 12-01-2008, 08:24 AM
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Cheers guys...appreciate the kind words.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:12 AM
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These come diecast right?

I'm so tempted to buy into the Gretsch family, and I've been eyeing the Renowns for ages. Maybe I'll take the plunge.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:59 AM
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Someone is obviously a fan of Buddy Rich...which is great...nice set btw :)
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Old 12-03-2008, 02:38 AM
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These come diecast right?

I'm so tempted to buy into the Gretsch family, and I've been eyeing the Renowns for ages. Maybe I'll take the plunge.
Yup, diecasts on all of the toms and snare drum. They're great drums at a fantastic price point - I picked up the 5-piece groove setup (10x8, 12x9, 14x14, 20x16, 14x5) for under $1500...if you like the sound of them, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. They're very solid.

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Someone is obviously a fan of Buddy Rich...which is great...nice set btw :)
Yup, love Buddy...the snare tilt gave it away, didn't it? :)

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Old 12-03-2008, 05:35 AM
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I've got a snare like that and love it. I have a Gretsch Catalina Rock kit which is possibly more fun to play than my Mapex Pro M kit. It works amazing for the swing band I play with. Gretsch has some nice drums all around really
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:51 AM
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Finally renowns with some style, we all know they are great sounding but the looks have always been a little bland imo but these really pop! Love it man very sweet. Excellent playing too.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:21 PM
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Thanks guys! The sparkle looks fantastic under stage lights.
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:55 PM
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welcome to the forum, man. As for your kit, hello!! Bling Bling in full effect!!!!
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:52 PM
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Did you choose specifically to go for a 4 piece, or was a 5 piece an option?

If I got this kit I might go a 10, 12, 14 tom configuration, I'd end up not using all 3 toms at once, but it'd give me a wider tone option.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:37 AM
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That kit is AWESOME!
I love the finish man, it's delightful.
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:35 AM
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Did you choose specifically to go for a 4 piece, or was a 5 piece an option?

If I got this kit I might go a 10, 12, 14 tom configuration, I'd end up not using all 3 toms at once, but it'd give me a wider tone option.
This was my thinking when I got a 5 piece renown maple. For months i've played with just the 12 and 14, but it's been a pleasure getting back to a 5 piece recently. Seems like the best way to appreciate their great tone is to set up with the full complement. The styling of the mounts makes it look fantastic when sitting behind it as well. Great drums.
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:52 AM
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What sizes are yours in?
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Old 12-06-2008, 03:37 AM
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10, 12, 14 with a 22, I've always preferred fusion sizes
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:04 AM
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Did you choose specifically to go for a 4 piece, or was a 5 piece an option?

If I got this kit I might go a 10, 12, 14 tom configuration, I'd end up not using all 3 toms at once, but it'd give me a wider tone option.
Yeah, I've got the 5-piece 'Groove' configuration...the 12" tom is sitting in it's case at home though. I'm not using it now, but I have it for two reasons:

1) It's part of a configuration so it was actually cheaper to get the 5-piece instead of specially ordering in a specifically-sized 4-piece.

2) It's nice to have around just in-case...I might not be using it now, but who knows when I may want to change my setup or swap the 10" tom out?
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:06 AM
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A couple 'small' updates...I returned the Pasillas Prototype...realized after a couple months that it wasn't really my thing. Replaced it with a 22" HHX Legacy Heavy Ride, sold off the Vintage Ride for a 22" Vault Artisan Medium and sold the AAX Studio Ride for a 20" Vault Artisan Light.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:25 AM
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Got to admit it, your kit actually looks even better with this cymbal selection.

Something about cymbals with smaller logos does it for me (not bashing the Sabian standard logo, but their smaller logos just make the cymbals better).
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:51 AM
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Got to admit it, your kit actually looks even better with this cymbal selection.

Something about cymbals with smaller logos does it for me (not bashing the Sabian standard logo, but their smaller logos just make the cymbals better).
I never liked huge logos/fonts on a cymbal. I like the smaller vault and the almost hidden paragon logo. Looks much classier than big letters.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:59 AM
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Got to admit it, your kit actually looks even better with this cymbal selection.

Something about cymbals with smaller logos does it for me (not bashing the Sabian standard logo, but their smaller logos just make the cymbals better).
Yeah, I agree...as much as it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of...well, sound...the smaller logos are MUCH classier.

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