Yamaha sounds modern, Catalina sound Gretschy.
Whatever you prefer.
Whatever you prefer.
It has clear sealer, 6 of one half dozen of the other.a punchy kick is all in the head, tuning and muffling
There is no apparent winner or loser, just different choices. The SC has modern appeal because it has functional hardware and modern features. The Catalina has vintage appeal with older style hardware, finishes and a 5 lug rack tom. Pity it doesn't have silver sealer...
You're not making a wrong choice by choosing either one of them, so just play them and get what's good.
You remind me:yeah but it's not the famous silver. It's like having mini lugs on a Ludwig CM
My reflex, in working with other instruments, is the opposite. Harder woods typically produce brighter, focused tone, and maple is harder than birch. Unscientifically speaking, I've come to the belief that bearing edges, head selection, and shell thickness matters a great deal more than the wood selection. It's in most cases a cylinder of plywood. If I wanted to make a cylinder that resonated the least, I might choose plywood. Once you start making plys that overlap in different grain directions, you have a super-stable and non-resonant piece. It's like stacking a cymbal on an identical cymbal, and then on another identical cymbal. No resonance there! Maple vs birch vs mahogany vs bubinga, I don't think it holds a candle to thickness, bearing edge and head selection. And stick selection too, major variable there. For instance I sell upright basses, from fully ply to fully carved (meaning solid wood), and the difference between plywood and carved instruments is positively massive.In the broadest of generalizations, birch is brighter and sharper, and maple is warmer.
The stage customs have 45 degree edges and the catalinas have 30.
The edges contribute a lot to the difference. 45's are quick responding with a lot of attack.
I had a hard time adjusting to the brightness of the stage customs, but I did get used to it after a while.
Overall I prefer maple though.
I wouldn't call the Stage Customs vaguely OK - they're pretty good drums, period. Slap new heads on them and they sound terrific.
I replaced the hoops on a Stage Custom snare with S-Hoops and that elevated it like you wouldn't believe. My hunch is that doing the same for the toms would transform the kit in the same way. Kind of a budget Recording Custom...
lol... I just ordered new heads for my Stage Customs. Look forward to new pics and "first impressions" thread to come!
It would be the Stage Custom Disadvantage line. Yammy fan got me with the "budget RC" hyperbole! More like a homeless persons RC. hehe. I'm just funnin' y'all.In the whimsical world of marketing, all attention is ultimately good attention. In that regard, @Darth Vater has probably done just as much, if not more, to endorse Yamaha as I have to promote Pearl. I suggest you dedicate your upcoming thread to Darth's persistent campaign against the Stage Custom. A Stage Custom badge that references his name would be a fitting accent. The Stage Custom Darth Vater Edition -- there's a gimmick destined to rake in some dough.
quick question, which drum set is better the yamaha stage custom or the gretsch catalina maple.
also, for anyone who has the catalina, does the bass drum have lots of punch?