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  1. #2976

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    Greetings. You may have seen my recent post about purchasing a bop kit in the general drum set forum.
    I am looking at two new Catalina Club sets. One has round badge, the other square badge. Anything for me to
    know or consider?

  2. #2977

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    New Round Badge Gretsch Catalina (Club)

    Features:
    Gretsch Formula 7-ply Mahogany
    Mini GTS tom suspension system
    Low-profile tom and floor tom leg brackets
    Single cymbal mount and 12.7mm L-Arms
    Gretsch T-Wing nut/bolt
    "Gas cap" bass drum mount plate and Mini GTS mounting system

    Add on:
    Tom Toms: 7x10, 9x13
    Floor Toms: 14x14, 16x16, 16x18
    Bass Drums: 14x18, 14x20, 14x24




    Square Badge Gretsch Catalina (Club)
    Features:
    6-ply 100-percent mahogany shells
    Three Nitron covered finishes available to select from, White Marine, Black Marine, and Silver Sparkle.

  3. #2978

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    Thanks late8.

    Quote Originally Posted by late8 View Post
    New Round Badge Gretsch Catalina (Club)

    Features:
    Gretsch Formula 7-ply Mahogany
    Mini GTS tom suspension system
    Low-profile tom and floor tom leg brackets
    Single cymbal mount and 12.7mm L-Arms
    Gretsch T-Wing nut/bolt
    "Gas cap" bass drum mount plate and Mini GTS mounting system

    Add on:
    Tom Toms: 7x10, 9x13
    Floor Toms: 14x14, 16x16, 16x18
    Bass Drums: 14x18, 14x20, 14x24




    Square Badge Gretsch Catalina (Club)
    Features:
    6-ply 100-percent mahogany shells
    Three Nitron covered finishes available to select from, White Marine, Black Marine, and Silver Sparkle.

  4. #2979

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    I've been aiming to pick up a bop set of Gretsch Catalina Clubs. A used set of Reknowns just showed up in my neck of the woods.
    Worth springing for the Reknowns? I'm guessing the answer is "yes".

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    Quote Originally Posted by headshrinker2 View Post
    I've been aiming to pick up a bop set of Gretsch Catalina Clubs. A used set of Reknowns just showed up in my neck of the woods.
    Worth springing for the Reknowns? I'm guessing the answer is "yes".
    For the money, the Cats are good drums..................but as you already reveal, the Renowns are better.
    If the prices are right, I would buy both and play them for a period long enough to make a decision to keep the one I like best (for whatever reasons) and then I would sell the other kit trying to get the same money I paid...................or maybe even keep both.
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
    (What Else Would I Ever Need ?)


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    Ricardo, thanks for the reply. Very interesting idea.

  7. #2982

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    Any jazz guys on the forum playing Reknown kits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by headshrinker2 View Post
    Any jazz guys on the forum playing Reknown kits?
    Renowns are a great value and the deals you can find in the used market are hard to pass up. As far as using them for jazz? Why not? Gretsch uses the same Silver Sealer as they do on the USA Customs and the plies are North American Maple and the kits are assembled in Taiwan with great detail to workmanship and great fit and finish. Here's a couple of pics of the bearing edges on the Renowns I once owned:





    The bass drum tension rods on the Renowns (right) is a bit more narrow in design than the USA Customs:



    It was really hard to tell the differences between the two kits so I kept the USA's and traded in the Renowns.


  9. #2984

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    Thanks for the info late8! Love that last pic.

  10. #2985

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    Quote Originally Posted by headshrinker2 View Post
    Thanks for the info late8! Love that last pic.
    You're welcome headshrinker2! Feel free to ask away. There's plenty of help to go around on this forum.

  11. #2986

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    This is a G4169B Gretsch USA Custom, 6.5X14, Bronze shell, 20-lug, micro throw, cast hoops, 42-snare wires, and the traditional snap-in drum key.
    Ordered June 15, 2017 and arrived October 12, 2017.

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    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
    (What Else Would I Ever Need ?)


  12. #2987

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    You mentioned a defect on the butt plate you had to fix? No enough to warrant another 4 month wait for a new replacement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by late8 View Post
    You mentioned a defect on the butt plate you had to fix? No enough to warrant another 4 month wait for a new replacement?
    No -- I had the tools to do it right........................all is well.
    It was the surprise sound on the stage Friday..................all the band members loved it.
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
    (What Else Would I Ever Need ?)


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    Newly revived Gretsch alert!!
    Bought these from a forummite years ago. SSB Gretsch. Early '70's. Bass wrap was cracked and peeling. Pearl tom mount and spurs added, old holes plugged and rewrapped, back in the late '70's by "The Indianapolis Drum Center". Yes, Harry Cangany's shop. Hard to believe they'd do that, but it was the 80's. Toms had loose edges and some minor splits, but wrap was savable.

    Was going to strip and wrap all of them, but got searching for a decent match to the existing wrap. Figured toms could be fixed. And, I *hate* stripping old glue and wrap. Dunno what they'd used for glue, but it was the hardest to remove I've ever come across. Jammin' Sam just started carrying this aged WMP. Sample looked good, so I ordered it. So, 5 years later, here they are. Gonna be my regular gigging set. Liking the sound already. Be interesting to hear what I can get with some time into them.......IMG_1504.jpg

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    ^^Beautiful looking kit! That aged wrap looks good!

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    Gigged it Sunday. The bass drum drew a lot of comments. Better then I'd expected! Just a big ol low end you could just feel. We hit Al Green's "love and happiness" and it just drove that train....
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