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    So, I couldn't resist. Online dealer had these for an amazing deal!

    This kit will be awesome in the studio! Love the ash wood shells!!





    More to come with my impressions.
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    Wow! Beautiful finish. Love the very pronounced wood grain of the Ash!
    -Brian

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    Nice kit, I think the ash kits are some of the best looking kits.

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    Man that's a gorgeous kit. Congrats!

    Tex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie View Post
    Nice kit, I think the ash kits are some of the best looking kits.
    ++^ this!
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    Loaned out Slingerland upgraded 4 pc 1963 black, wrapped maple + 14" Pearl birch FT
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    Very nice. Have fun with it.

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    Thanks for the comments guys. I agree the finish on this kit is quite lovely.
    Even at this mid level price point Gretsch seems to be focusing on classic "G" features like 30degree edges, 5 lug rack toms and the round badges sporting vintage font. Attention to detail on this kit is very nice. Lots to discover and go "wow..cool". This is my first ever time playing or owning an ash wood drum set and I will say that it's sound is unique. There are factors like heads and edges that play into this to a degree, but these shells have their own unique tonal characteristics. I haven't logged a ton of playing time on it as of yet as it's still a work in progress. I think I will be opting to use this drum set in the studio come January and may see more time played than my other drums. I still have to get used to tuning the 5 lug toms.. Work in progress.



    Last edited by wOOdshedd; 12-11-2015 at 08:43 AM. Reason: added photos
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    Congrats bud thats Very nice love the color. How is the rack tom mounts, one pic looks like the mount may hit the rim but probably just photo angle. Is there any rubber between the BD claws and the hoop? Really is a nice looking kit I have never heard ash in person. How much was it if you don't mind saying?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
    Congrats bud thats Very nice love the color. How is the rack tom mounts, one pic looks like the mount may hit the rim but probably just photo angle. Is there any rubber between the BD claws and the hoop? Really is a nice looking kit I have never heard ash in person. How much was it if you don't mind saying?
    Thanks MDK. The tom mounts seem sturdy enough and you are correct in stating camera angle is culprit for the optical. There are rubber insulating gaskets behind the die cast claws as well as lug casings on all drums.
    I found some videos showcasing these drums and one by Nick Di Virgilio of Spock"s Beard fame caught my ear. He was showing the kit for an online retailer that happened to have them on sale for $200 off regular price. I paid $500 shipped! Really liking these drums!
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    yeah that wood is gorgeous. Love the grain. Great choice to pick up
    14pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage (24pc in total) | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 9pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 6pc Sonor | 5pc Ddrum Dominion | 5pc Orbitone |4pc Sonor Martini |4pc PDP Concept Maple Classic| 58 Snare drums and growing!

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    Very nice! Congrats
    Kevin
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    I'm jealous, man! great looking kit! can't ever go wrong with Gretsch or Sonor. Two very old companies that got class!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpazApproved View Post
    yeah that wood is gorgeous. Love the grain. Great choice to pick up
    Offer I could not refuse! I am very happy I clicked the SUBMIT ORDER button!

    Quote Originally Posted by CycleDude View Post
    Very nice! Congrats
    Thanks CD. As are your tobacco fade Cat Maples!!

    Quote Originally Posted by drummerMD View Post
    I'm jealous, man! great looking kit! can't ever go wrong with Gretsch or Sonor. Two very old companies that got class!
    The cool thing about these aside from the obvious, is the Gretschism that was built into these drums. I love the vintagey vibe they exude! The edges, round badges/w vintage font, 5 lug toms T-handle wing nuts, drop "G" etc. just reek of 50s-60s Gretsch. I love the tone and attack and finish work and the fact that I have not played another kit that sounded like 'em. Nice drum set! - still getting the 5 lug tuning right. Getting there.
    Last edited by wOOdshedd; 12-11-2015 at 11:16 PM.
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    I could have sworn I saw the same kit for under $500 on amazon the other day.
    Mmm... Saturns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezy View Post
    I could have sworn I saw the same kit for under $500 on amazon the other day.
    Yep.. Caught that! Only $10 less than I paid, eh oh well, still happy with my purchase.
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    Congrats on the great looking kit!
    DW drums and Paiste cymbals.

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    BTW- that drum rug you have it on matches perfectly!
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Thanks guys.

    UPDATE:

    Honeymoon in slight peril?

    I went to start doing some more head swaps and noticed (so far) on the 10 & 12 toms some ply separation in the shell bearing edges!! I know I got this shell pack on a pretty good discount, but this in not acceptable. I've yet to inspect the floor, bass or snare drums but I have a feeling that they will follow suit. I have contacted the seller on this straight away and am waiting on response. Now, I suppose I will have to repack everything and ship it all back I'm surprised I missed this earlier!
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    "Now, I suppose I will have to repack everything and ship it all back I'm surprised I missed this earlier!"

    Well, that's just #@$$#%!
    Good luck with the seller!
    SONOR 6 pc Special Edition 3007's red maple, old Pearl Brass 14x6 FF snare, Yamaha Tour Custom maple 8 pc., Tama 4 pc., honey amber B/B, Ludwig Supralite chrome 14x6.5 steel snare, Paiste, Saluda & Zildjian
    Loaned out Slingerland upgraded 4 pc 1963 black, wrapped maple + 14" Pearl birch FT
    The Almighty Speed King pedal, Speed Cobra, Sonor Single

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    Yeah, that was my initial reaction!.. I usually will check edges.. in round etc first thing. Had I seen this early on, they wouldn't have gotten set up.

    The seller has a pretty good rep., so it shouldn't be a hassle aside from having to repack and drop off at shipper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wOOdshedd View Post
    Thanks guys.

    UPDATE:

    Honeymoon in slight peril?

    I went to start doing some more head swaps and noticed (so far) on the 10 & 12 toms some ply separation in the shell bearing edges!! I know I got this shell pack on a pretty good discount, but this in not acceptable. I've yet to inspect the floor, bass or snare drums but I have a feeling that they will follow suit. I have contacted the seller on this straight away and am waiting on response. Now, I suppose I will have to repack everything and ship it all back I'm surprised I missed this earlier!
    Actual ply seperation or just voids in the wood? If the plies are actually coming apart, that's obviously bad. If it's just some void areas in the plywood, that's not entirely uncommon for modern "made in China" kits. Unfortunately, several of us on here have been disappointed after inspecting the bearing edges of new mid-level kits (from several manufacturers). A few void spots can be filled with wood epoxy, which is what the manufacturers do. Got any pics?
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    Actual ply seperation or just voids in the wood? If the plies are actually coming apart, that's obviously bad. If it's just some void areas in the plywood, that's not entirely uncommon for modern "made in China" kits. Unfortunately, several of us on here have been disappointed after inspecting the bearing edges of new mid-level kits (from several manufacturers). A few void spots can be filled with wood epoxy, which is what the manufacturers do. Got any pics?
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    Definate ply separation. This is totally unacceptable. Consider that yes, this is a mid line kit, but it did sell (before sale) @ $700
    Not gonna do it. It is going back. Their are a few flea bites here and there and some voids in the filler wood as these shells are Gretsch "FORMULA" ash. Formula is code for hybrid..I'm guessing sawdust and glue lol.

    Don't think I'm gonna swap it out for the same either. Once bitten, twice shy.
    Pity as they sounded pretty decent.
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    Not sure what your other kit is but you really cannot go wrong with Yamaha. Just sayin
    Crush Sublime Birch

    Ludwig Classic Maple (IN UTERO)

    Sabian HHX 21" ride and AAX crashes, Zildjian 14" K hybrid hats

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing

    http://www.redskymary.com/ NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

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    Yeah, that doesn't look good. Sorry for ya, that really bites. In the last couple years we've seen issues on Gretsch, Ludwig, Sonor, PDP and I believe Rich even had issues on a new Pork Pie. It's sad to think that you have to spend $1500+ on a new kit just to get BASIC construction quality and hardware that fit/functions properly. Such things should be a given, even on entry level kits.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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