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    I'm on the hunt for a Gretsch Catalina Maple, The finish I'm not 100% sure which I want. There are many. (ill post a few on bottom)
    My reason for this post is, I'm having trouble finding them (6 piece set-up, 2up 2 down) for a decent price.
    When looking NEW, I see some for 800, some 900, some 950.
    I was hoping you guys (with your amazing hunting skills that I've seen before) can lead me to some good prices you may see. (from some of the finished i provide.)
    I kind of want to buy NEW (even though people say, BUY USED) Because its going to be my kit for a long time, and i want it to be fresh out of the manufacturer's hands and into mine :P


    Mocha Fade

    Dark Cherry Burst

    Tobacco Fade

    Which seems most appealing? I originally wanted Mocha, but now im not 100%, all are kind of nice :P

    Opinions? Hunt results? Thanks guys!
    Specs

    Drums: Gretsch Catalina Maple (Dark Cherry Burst) 8,10,12,14,16 toms 14 snare 22 bass
    Heads: Remo Pinstripes over Ambassadors on toms
    Bass: Stock Grestch stock reso and Evans EC2 batter
    Snare: Ambassador over Ambassador reso, PureSound Snares
    Cymbals: Zildjian A MasterSound HiHats 14"
    Sabian Xs20 Crashes 16"/18"
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    The dark cherry burst gets my vote.

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    From what's there I'm stuck between the Mocha Fade and the Dark Cherry Burst - probably leaning a bit more toward the Mocha Fade, but then again that might be because my Pearl SMX is in Vintage Fade, and they look similar.
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    I'm with trick on this one... between the moca and cherry... tobacco is bad for you anyway... you already have a drum addiction...might as well not add another

    If I had to choose RIGHT NOW, I would go for the cherry... I have seen that kit at a shop... BEAUTIFUL. But I am sure the moca is just as stunning.
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    i like the Tobacco Fade. As far as a lead on good pricing can't really say one place or another. I'd just search em all and take notes of the places you like.
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    I'd get the second one, but that's just a personal preference. Cherry burst also looks awesome on the Renown. *hint*
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    Throwin out a vote for the Cherry.
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    I like the Mocha Fade finish the best. The cherry is nice, but I much prefer when the inside of the bass drum hoop matches (as best as possible) the outer finish.
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    Also consider the amber color, it meshes well with cymbals.
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    i have the dark cherry burst snare and its gorgeous

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    I like the first of second one.

    As for your price. A 5pce catalina maple goes for like $700-$800, so $800 -$950 sounds right for a 6 piece.
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    Well, thanks guys. I kind of ruled out the tobacco. However, I too am stuck between Mocha and Cherry! AHHHHH!!!

    Also, my original question: Can anyone help find good prices? Because I've seen multiple sites with the SAME EXTACT kit on each, for different prices. D: HELP FIND CHEAPEST!
    Specs

    Drums: Gretsch Catalina Maple (Dark Cherry Burst) 8,10,12,14,16 toms 14 snare 22 bass
    Heads: Remo Pinstripes over Ambassadors on toms
    Bass: Stock Grestch stock reso and Evans EC2 batter
    Snare: Ambassador over Ambassador reso, PureSound Snares
    Cymbals: Zildjian A MasterSound HiHats 14"
    Sabian Xs20 Crashes 16"/18"
    Zildjian 20th Anniversary A Custom ride 21"
    Wuhan Splashes 8"/10"
    Wuhan China 16"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Frazzetto View Post
    ... I too am stuck between Mocha and Cherry! AHHHHH!!!
    That's one of those GOOD hard decisions to have to make

    Quote Originally Posted by Frazzetto View Post
    Also, my original question: Can anyone help find good prices? Because I've seen multiple sites with the SAME EXTACT kit on each, for different prices. D: HELP FIND CHEAPEST!
    Google and a phone... to get the absolute best price you will have to do some legwork and call around and talk to different shops that carry these kits. Also, anything that is advertised on the web, if they are an official Gretsch dealer, the big names (GC & MF) will at least price match if not beat.
    Good luck and remember to post pics of YOUR kit when you get it
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    The cherry gets my vote!

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    I'd go for the Dark Cherry too.

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    Dark Cherry! And like others have mentioned, the price points you mentioned for the 6 piece are right on. As far as where to look, keep an eye out on ebay and craigslist. Yeah, I know, these places have their negative points but there can be some great deals. Be patient and keep looking hard. The right kit at the right price will come along. Go to a few local drum shops and see if they will match prices on the net. Many will or at least they can come close. I know the shop I patronize will, and does, work with me on prices I find on the net. They want mine, and others', business and I like to keep business local. So it is a win win for both of us.
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    Mocha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drumstix View Post
    Mocha.
    I vote Mocha as well.
    Black/Cherry stain is very typical.
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    Have seen the Amber, it's a head turner!

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    I could flip a coin on either the Mocha or Cherry and be satisfied with whatever the coin chose.
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    My vote would be the cherry.
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    Hm, now im still stuck XD
    Specs

    Drums: Gretsch Catalina Maple (Dark Cherry Burst) 8,10,12,14,16 toms 14 snare 22 bass
    Heads: Remo Pinstripes over Ambassadors on toms
    Bass: Stock Grestch stock reso and Evans EC2 batter
    Snare: Ambassador over Ambassador reso, PureSound Snares
    Cymbals: Zildjian A MasterSound HiHats 14"
    Sabian Xs20 Crashes 16"/18"
    Zildjian 20th Anniversary A Custom ride 21"
    Wuhan Splashes 8"/10"
    Wuhan China 16"


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    Frazzetto, when you check out an internet site and find yourself confused by their pricing, pick up the phone and ask for some help understanding the different prices. Also, as has already been stated, if you see it for a good price somewhere, keep that price in mind as you look for the color you want. Make the companies work a little for your business. but keep in mind that they can't give it away.

    I once was making a decision between 2 kits, and I just couldn't decide which kit was the best deal. It was driving me crazy - and frankly, it was driving the people around here a little crazy too, I'm sure. In the end, the store was temporarily out of stock so I went with the kit that had in stock. It was my Gretsch Catalina Maple kit, and I have been extremely happy with my kit ever since. What I'm saying is that you should do your homeowrk on the kit you want, and get the best price you can, but in the end you'll have a kit you can play, and that's where the greatest joy will be had.

    BTW, I'd be all over that Mocha Fade.
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    The cherry seems to show off the grain the best from the looks of these pictures. However the top and bottom ones are stock photos so you can't exactly get the best idea of what they actually look like. Seeing a real life shot of that finish would look worlds different.
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