Let's see your Gretsch kits (saved the best for last!)

NouveauCliche

Senior Member
I hear ya. I've been waiting months for my 16" Renown floor tom.

Where did you order from?

There's always tons of those on Reverb.

 

belairien

Silver Member
I hear ya. I've been waiting months for my 16" Renown floor tom.
Dang that sucks. Hopefully it comes soon. My 16" is a monster, and I'm sure yours will be as well.
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
Where did you order from?

There's always tons of those on Reverb.

Thanks, Nicholas.

I ordered the floor tom from the drum shop where I bought the original shell pack. I still have store credit left over from when I traded in my big Yamaha kit. I loved that kit but it paid for the entire Renown 5 piece shell pack, and more. I couldn't pass that deal up.

Truthfully, I'm expecting the drum to arrive any day now. Can't wait to hear it!
 

belairien

Silver Member
Gretsch floor toms are amazing. The 14" I've got now is the ballsiest floor tom I've ever played. Can't even imagine how good the 16" will sound. 🤗
I'm glad I went with a 14"/16". An 18" would be a little much for me.

I've had 2 dud Remos in a row on my 16, but can still get it sounding great. I have a love/hate thing going on with emperors, and the Renowns have worked with the duds pretty well.
 

IBitePrettyHard

Senior Member
Gretsch floor toms are amazing. The 14" I've got now is the ballsiest floor tom I've ever played. Can't even imagine how good the 16" will sound. 🤗
The 16" Renown floor tom I special-ordered took about 4 months. It sounds great! I wouldn't say it's an A++ like the 14" floor tom is though, that drum is just crazy resonant and on another level.

I played the included Clear Emperors on my Renowns for a while, but eventually switched them out for Coated Ambassadors. I like them because they can be tuned much higher in the jazzy range.

Hope you get your 16" soon!
 
In case any of you are in the market for a new (to you) Gretsch kit from the 1980s which just happens to have a kick drum that could stun an elephant at 100 yards.

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Gretsch 1980's Square Badge Drum Kit With HUGE 30x22" Bass Drum
- Burnt Orange: One of a kind Gretsch 4-pc Burnt Orange Drum Kit with a 30x22" bass drum, 18x20" floor tom, 10x12" and 12x14" rack toms. Condition is very good with a few minor scratches, but no extra holes or cracks in the shells and the chrome is good condition. There is nothing like the sound of vintage Gretsch drums from the era.

The bass drum looks like a cannon and sounds huge!

I bought this kit 3 years ago from a fellow drum collector who said the extended 30" long bass drum had been custom built for one of the Gretsch family members. I have spent a fair amount of time over the course of the last 3 years trying to verify this story, through pictures and contacts, but I have never been able to verify this as a fact. I'm aware that Gretsch did build extended length bass drums at various times in their history, but I have never seen another 30x22" bass drum. Therefore my conclusion that the 30" in length bass drum is a one of kind.
 
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