I buy drums as pieces of art.
I like my gretsch for the beautiful wood they use.
Lately bought 4 or 5 Tama superstar kits.
Like the die cast hoops and the sound they produce.
I've spent about $10,000 this year on drum kits..just to compare the different wood species and head combinations.
I have quite a few kits..Gretsch..Tama..Yamaha.
The Gretsch Marquees are the heaviest shells I own..although they are maple.
I'm still working on head combinations to get the sound I'm looking for.
Tried just about everything.
Evans ec2's sound the best to my ears.
I'd like to hear a set of gretsch with the sealer removed and hear the difference.
I like the natural look of drum interiors..although most folks use coated heads.
I like the sound of the coated heads..covers up that ugly silver interior..lol
I've looked through all the catalogs.
My serial numbers don't jive with the catalogs.
The shells must be made and badged before the actual production, which leads me to believe, they share shells with other kits.
I just like the die cast hoops and hardware on the superstars that I buy under $500...
Can anyone tell me which year all birch shells were replaced by the basswood and birch?
Much difference between the versions?
I have a superstar birch set and a hyperdrive set.
Cant compare them as the hyperdrive shells on the toms are shallow.
I know they are birch and basswood.
I like the tama...
I buy drums for the he'll of it.
Have maple, birch, and ash.
Just picked up a used 6 piece Tama superstar with diecast hoops for $500.
The hoops are worth that.
By changing the heads, you can have any sound you like.