Gretsch Catalina

GruntersDad

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""The Catalina Special Edition screams, Play Me! Only available in 2020, this kit's hybrid shell features 7-ply Walnut/Maple construction, delivering a warm, resonant tone that’s excellent for a variety of musical applications. 30º bearing edges and vintage-style maple counter hoops offer a punchy, focused sound. Mounting hardware includes a classic “gas cap” bass drum plate and a direct-to-shell mount on the rack tom.""

The mount seems to be the new thing. And I love the wooden hoops.

From the Gretsch Facebook page,,,,,,,,
 

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GruntersDad

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Catalina Special, 4 piece, 18 inch bass drum $900.00, 5 piece, 1 up 2 down, 22 inch bass drum, $1100.00
 

KamaK

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Gretsch does a great job of delivering the aesthetic that retro-vibe hunters desire. I sincerely hope they deliver the sound and durability as well...

I'm haunted by the memory of the Catalina Ash, which looked totally badass, but my reaction to the sound was "Aww, that's a shame".

I'm a bit relieved that Gretch appeares to given up on the GTS stuff, as it was beginning to get ridiculous. I was half expecting the next generation to ship will Bilstein's.
 

Winston_Wolf

Platinum Member
Man, those are sexy drums...

It seems a little weird to me these drums are in direct competition with the wood-hooped PDP Concept Maple kits though.
 

NouveauCliche

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""The Catalina Special Edition screams, Play Me! Only available in 2020, this kit's hybrid shell features 7-ply Walnut/Maple construction, delivering a warm, resonant tone that’s excellent for a variety of musical applications. 30º bearing edges and vintage-style maple counter hoops offer a punchy, focused sound. Mounting hardware includes a classic “gas cap” bass drum plate and a direct-to-shell mount on the rack tom.""

The mount seems to be the new thing. And I love the wooden hoops.

From the Gretsch Facebook page,,,,,,,,

That's a great looking kit - Gretsch makes such fantastic drums at ANY price...all of their lines are excellent.
 

GruntersDad

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more Gretsch Catalina porn.
 

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TK-421

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I saw this kit at NAMM. Looked great in person, I didn’t even realize it was a Catalina at first. I tapped on the 12” tom as well, and it sounded nice. Though I play Gretsch and am a huge fan of theirs, I’ve always been underwhelmed by the Catalinas. Until now, that is. I wish I could have played it, but all Gretsch drums are displayed in DW’s booth, which is upstairs from the main halls. You can’t really make too much noise upstairs, unfortunately.

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IBitePrettyHard

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I love Boston Drum’s video demos, but this kit does not sound good to me. Kit looks better than it sounds, which makes it DW territory. 😂
What about the sound do you not like? I'm not disagreeing with you, just curious if you have similar observations.
 

RobertM

Platinum Member
What about the sound do you not like? I'm not disagreeing with you, just curious if you have similar observations.
It sounded surprisingly muted to me. I’ve heard other demos of the Catalina bop kits that rivaled the USA Custom sound, but this set didn’t achieve that. And it is all the more surprising because Boston Drum does high quality demos with kits at different tunings, so I’m guessing the wood hoops have really altered the sound or resonance that I’m used to hearing from these kits. It just sounded too muffled, hence my DW joke.
 

Darth Vater

Senior Member
I had a Catalina Maple kit. Looked great for awhile until the finish started to glaze. Sound was dreadful. At the time I was down to either those or the Mapex Meridians. I think I should have gone for the Mapex. Maybe the newer Cats are better. I would hope so for whoever buys them.
 

evolving_machine

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I bought a Catalina Jazz kit in 2008. I still use that kit. I checked out those drums in a Sam Ash music store in New Jersey. But they told me that they replaced the stock heads. That kit with the replacement heads sounded good. When I checked out the same kit in another store, they left the stock heads on the drums and I did not like the sound. I did not like the sound of the drums on the video above either. However, I would like to hear what they sound like with some good heads.
 
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