Gretsch Catalina Maple :]

CptHowdy

Member
I love this kit so much, has a ton of raw power and is very warm and punchy.

Here are the specs first"
Heads: Evans EC2 Coated on the toms and floor toms, Evans GMAD on the bass drum, and Evans EC2 Coated Reverse Power Dot on the snare. All resonant heads are stock for now.

Cymbals: 14" Meinl HCS Hi-Hats, 16" and 18" Zildjian ZXT Crash's, 10" Sabian Xs20 Splash, 7" Stagg Black Metal Bell, 20" Paiste Alpha Metal Ride, 14" Wuhan China, 18" Zildjian True China

Pedals: Iron Cobra Power Stroke with Gibraltar Felt Beaters

Hardware: Just Various things ive found around, i dont even know what half of it is or who makes it haha. Pearl Rack











And just in case you want to hear and audio sample:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdMNWGRGGD0
 

RocketSauce

Member
Is that a water heater in the back, behind your left shoulder?

If it is you should really move your kit. If that thing springs a leak your BD is toast.
 

CptHowdy

Member
Is that a water heater in the back, behind your left shoulder?

If it is you should really move your kit. If that thing springs a leak your BD is toast.
Haha, no that would be my dresser. I wish i could move it, but that is the only spot it fits with out being in the way. (my room is tiny)
 

Jazz+Ska!

Member
This is a little off topic, but the Gretsch Catalina series is priced around like a Pearl Export EX, so it is similar quality, or is it nicer/more professional?
 

Bram

Senior Member
I have a gretsch cat map, and my school has an EX.
With the right heads they sound good both, but there is something in the sound of my kit that I like, but I can't say what it is.

Ex are made of poplar, catalina maple is maple of course.
 

Jazz+Ska!

Member
Sorry if it seems like I'm hijacking the thread, but while were on the subject.....if I already have a Pearl Ex, is there any point in getting a Gretsch Catalina (probably the jazz) Kit?
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
Sorry if it seems like I'm hijacking the thread, but while were on the subject.....if I already have a Pearl Ex, is there any point in getting a Gretsch Catalina (probably the jazz) Kit?
Many will tell you they are on a par. I dispute it. I've owned Exports....the Cats (at least the maples....I have no experience with the jazz) are far superior sounding to the earlier Exports at any rate.

I sold an early 90's Export in order to make room for the Cat maples......I decision I don't regret at all.
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
Very nice looking kit and I like how the rack toms are not quite in the traditional over-the-bass-drum position, but not quite fully offset to the left either.

I do think the big black rack is distracting. I would go with stands. I have piled three cymbals and two toms on a stand before with no problems.
 

FattyFunk

Junior Member
I got a Catalina Maple on Monday.
And im lovin' it.
WAYYY better than the Exports even with stock heads. (Export with EC2's)
 

Masheanhed

Senior Member
Haha, no that would be my dresser. I wish i could move it, but that is the only spot it fits with out being in the way. (my room is tiny)
I think he means in the video, behind your left shoulder at the end of the shelf. Looks like ye olde water heater.
 

CptHowdy

Member
I think he means in the video, behind your left shoulder at the end of the shelf. Looks like ye olde water heater.
O yea, that was a water heater haha, but my kit is no longer in that garage, the band i was with practiced there and i recently quit due to band members slaking and avoiding practice.
 

CptHowdy

Member
Very nice looking kit and I like how the rack toms are not quite in the traditional over-the-bass-drum position, but not quite fully offset to the left either.

I do think the big black rack is distracting. I would go with stands. I have piled three cymbals and two toms on a stand before with no problems.
Yea i agree, the pearl rack is a little to much for what i want, i'd like a nice small Gibraltar rack, just to keep things the same way but not to be so large. I had stands for a little while and i just got tired of not having the versatility that i have with a rack, im sure my mind will change one day though.
 
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