Why don't you see Gretsch USA , WMP in bigger sizes?
That was no TRADE! You ROBBED that poor naive man! Congratulations! Good for you! Nicely played, sir!Back in the early 2000s I owned a WMP Stop Sign badge Gretsch kit 22/24/13/14/16/18 - got them in a trade for a Roland TD-5 eKit . I definitely got the better of that trade .
Not to get OT but Sonny Payne was the freaking man!!Sonny Payne had a big Gretsch set, although I can't really tell what color it is. It almost looks like a white sparkle here.
like Buddy Rich/ Gene Krupa sets/ back in the day?
Gretsch was more a city/orientated/ cab ride or catered to the cab loader drummers
Each brand had their market +/-
Gretsch involvement in say (supplying/going after) the grade school / high school band market (compared to Sling/Ludwig)
was a surprise when I saw my local public elementary school had 60s RB 10x14 etc. Blue sparkle Gretsch marching drums..one day at a parade..I noticed and said whoa. "still in service"..
Might be I don't think (...) Gretsch were "that big" they had to find "niche".
Altho they did have a nice largish, Building/ couple floors/ in New York..to build their wares.
Still there with the big Gretsch name on top -To best of my knowledge.
Slingerland/ Ludwiig were larger, more a mid-western open space buildersThis past July 30th 2014 I had a unique opportunity to take a step back into Gretsch Company history. As a matter of fact, I actually took several hundred steps, as I walked the streets of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn where the company got its start. Along the way I visited several sites thawww.notsomoderndrummer.com
There was a video of a Fred Jr. walking tour of the NYCity building can't find it..
"that building even looks like a 20/12/14" sized.. ; )
and (burgundy) Sparkles and (Cadillac green and Copper) glosses, lit up the small smokey city clubs (rather than white (and black) marine pearls?
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that's my buddy "Paul Librizzi"s 3 ply Starlight Sparkle and Elvin in NYC years later with his yammie sparkles
Because they're custom order drums, and it would appear that nobody is custom ordering them in bigger sizes, in WMP.