Gretsch CCJ484 Catalina Club Jazz 4-Piece Drum Shell Kit

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The sultry sound of the mahogany shells is perfect for the intimate settings and focused ensemble playing required of serious jazz musicians.
The Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz set has been designed for the player in mind who is looking for quality features in jazz 4-piece configuration to suit their playing needs. With the warmth of the of the mahogany shells, the 14 in. x 18 in. bass drum and retro finishes, the Catalina Club Jazz offers the looks and features of a pro kit without the high price you would expect to see in this style of set up.

Features:

- Mahogany shells with natural interiors
- Mini GTS suspension systems
- Inlayed bass drum loops
- Mini Gretsch lugs
- Bass drum riser

What's Included:
- 8x12 in. mounted tom
- 14x14 in. floor tom
- 14x18 in. bass drum
- 5x14 in. 8-lug snare drum
- Single tom holder

NOTE: Shell kit only, cymbals and cymbal stands sold separately.
Drum Sizes
- 8x12 in. mounted tom
- 14x14 in. floor tom
- 14x18 in. bass drum
- 5x14 in. 8-lug snare drum
- Single tom holder
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 480-596-9690
(78 ratings)
Submitted December 23, 2010 by a customer from mccoyfam.net
"More than just for Jazz!!!"
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I just got this got a few days ago and I am very happy with this purchase. I have a "normal" full-size kit but sometimes need a small kit that can fit in my trunk. This kit is perfect for that and I will probably use it for most of my gigging needs. It's just that much easier to move around!

Sound
The toms pretty good with the stock heads, but they sound *great* with Vintage Emperors over the stock resos. The kick is OK with the stock heads, going to test out different heads to get a tiny bit more low end. Since I mic the kick on all but the smallest venues anyway, I'm not too worried about it. The snare was tricky, replaced the snare-side head with a Hazy 300 and the snares with Puresound Custom Pros. With the stock batter head cranked up a bit, it sounds pretty good. I'll probably put on a Coated CS and see what happens.

Ease of Use
The kick drum tension rods were a bit hard to get started in the lugs, even with the grease packaged with the product. I thought I was going to cross-thread a couple of them at first, but they went in with a little bit of force. Otherwise, it was a snap to set up and get to playing!

Quality
So far, everything seems very well constructed for the price point that they are shooting for. I have a Gretsch Renown kit and I can see the small price cutting measures that they took on the Catalina line, but overall it's a well-built and durable little kit. I read more do wish it came with better bass drum claws, the hollow claws can sometimes dig into the hoop.

The Wow Factor
The Copper Sparkle wrap looks really nice, it's going to look good on stage. It is a tad more golden than reddish, so it's almost a champagne color. When my band mates show up for rehearsal next week, I can imagine one of them asking me why I bought a pink drumset. ;)

Musical Background:
Active Musician

Musical Style:
Texas Rock / Country / Americana
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