Submitted November 14, 2017 by a customer from gmail.com
"Gretsch Catalina Maple"
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This is the best drum set I have ever owned. I've wanted a Gretsch for years but always settled for something else. Now I finally get to experience that "Great Gretsch Sound"!
These drums sound AMAZING. I still have the stock heads on (except for the bass drum) and they still sound great! (Thanks Remo!) Warm tone, nice attack, LOUD.
The toms are excellent! I was afraid of the rack toms having to high of a pitch (8",10", 12") but they are actually very warm and balanced. Tuned up a little they are very complimentary of each other. The 8" tom is great to use as an accent kind of drum, very distinct high tone, really fun to use.
The bass drum is exceptionally good. I immediately put on a new bass drum head, a Remo Powerstroke Black Dot. The tone of this bass drum is just incredible. I put nothing inside the drum at first so I could hear the natural tone of the drum and I was blown away with the overall tone. Warm and punchy, just makes you feel good. A pillow I felt was too much muffling, killed a lot of the tone so I put in an Evans EQ pad for the batter and a felt strip on the reso just to dampen the overtones and cut the sustain a little but still have that amazing thud.
Snare isn't my favorite, but I like it. Still have the stock head on that and haven't gave it a good tuning yet so definitely has potential to sound great.
All maple shells, lacquer finish, great hardware. The tom holder in the bass drum even has an extra spot to add in a cymbal arm making it very easy to mount a splash or smaller china right between the to toms. Might seem small but I was pretty excited about it when I saw it. Bass drums hoops are wood and have matching finish.
There's even a rubber grip pad on the bass drum hoop so you don't damage it with you pedal and it holds in place! I've never seen that pre-installed before! Sometimes it really is the little things!
Ease of Use
Tunes really easy. Set up was pretty easy. Didn't take long to comfortably place and arrange everything.
Everything seems to be high quality. Nothing has moved or slipped or fell out of place in any way since I've set it up. Very easy to adjust as well. If there's one thing I've always heard about Gretsch, it's the high quality of their instruments. This definitely holds up to that.
Great value for a 7-piece all maple kit. Similar price range to the PDP Concept maple series, but I've never liked PDP much.
Have not had to use.
The Wow Factor
Every time I see this drum set it is visually stunning. The Silver Sparkle finish stands out beautifully. The chrome hardware compliments the finish beautifully.
8 Years drumming; 7 years of guitar; Studio work, Jam at home, Live performances
Rock, Indie, Alternative, Blues, Jazz
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