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Old 09-01-2012, 01:52 PM
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Default My Gretsch mahogany kit with Tama birch snare

Hello!
I just wanted to show my new Gretsch Catalina mahogany kit for you guys. Satin Natural finish.

The dimensions are as following:

22x18 bass drum

10x7" rack tom

14x14" and 16x16" floor toms

And a 14x5.5" Tama Superstar birch snare in blue/black wrap.

Cymbals:
18" Paiste 2002 Crash
17" Paiste 2002 Crash
21" Zildjian A Sweet Ride (traditional finish)
18" Zildjian A Custom Crash
14" Sabian XS20 Medium Hats (soon to be replaced)

Pearl, Ludwig and Tama hardware.

I'm currently using the stocks heads on the toms and bass drum, but I'm soon gonna replace them with some fresh Evans G2's over G1.

On my snare I have a Remo coated Ambassador on top (no coating issue on this one!) and an Ambassador Snare on the snare side (it's pretty old - don't they call those Ambassador Hazy nowadays?)

It sounds fantastic, I love the Tama snare and the Paiste crashes have gotten me through a lot of gigs!

What do you think? :)
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:17 PM
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Default Re: My Gretsch mahogany kit with Tama birch snare

Looks cool. Very retro in black and white, and I like the hole in the bass drum cut by what a grenade? lol. Maybe some in color next.
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:21 PM
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Default Re: My Gretsch mahogany kit with Tama birch snare

Nice kit you got there :) Let me guess the finish is Natural?

Now I would really appreciate if you can get us a POV pic.
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:24 PM
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Colour and POV. Less retro but still spiffy! ;)
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:33 PM
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That color is so basic it has to be classic. Good color pix.
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:58 PM
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Great looking kit! Looks like a real nice, comfortable set up.

If I may make a suggestion though, use it if you want, you may have better luck mounting that A Custom crash on a boom stand, and then put your ride cymbal or your outside crash on a straight stand. You can put the stand in a more comfortable location and swing the arm out over the bass drum/ride cymbal just as easily.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:36 AM
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Default Re: My Gretsch mahogany kit with Tama birch snare

shes a beaut. ive got me a club rock, red oyster wrap. couldnt be happier. i dont care if it isnt maple or birch or any other higher quality wood, it sounds good!
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:56 PM
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POV pic of my kit's current state. Fiberskyn Ambassador on snare, coated Amb over clear Amb on toms.
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That is one nice kit. I have a Catalina Club Jazz kit with the same finish. Enjoy that great Gretsch sound. Peace and goodwill.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:38 PM
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Love the black and white photography. Really nice. Nice kit too. At least one Gretsch in every drummer's household....
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:59 PM
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I just put on a clear Emperor over a clear Evans G1 on my 10" tom.

I used to play a coated Ambassador over stock reso. I think I've now achieved the biggest improvement in sound quality since I first got this kit. I can't believe how good that tom sounds now. The reason I went with the G1 as reso is that my local store had run out of 10" Ambassadors.

The floor tom is next...
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:10 PM
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Great looking kit you've got there! Especially love the look of the fiberskyn on the snare!
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