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    I'm about to purchase a new kit and I "think" I've narrowed it down to Yamaha recording customs or Gretsch Broadcasters. Anybody out there have experience with either of these kits or preferably both maybe? Pros Cons? Thanks everybody
    BillyH

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyH View Post
    I'm about to purchase a new kit and I "think" I've narrowed it down to Yamaha recording customs or Gretsch Broadcasters. Anybody out there have experience with either of these kits or preferably both maybe? Pros Cons? Thanks everybody
    BillyH
    I'm gonna say Gretsch but only because I've had the same Gretsch USA custom drums since 1983 and I love em.

    I'm sure some Yamaha guys will respond as well with their reason for going that way.

    Either way...killer drums!

    all the best...

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    2 Completely different kits, Broadcaster is Maple poplar and the RC is Birch. Big enough sound, build, and color differences there to make a decision on your own IMO. The only responses your gonna get are Gretsch from Gretsch guys and Yamaha from Yamaha guys. Which are really going to be no help to you at all.
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    Thanks guys

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    Both are sweet kits....just depends on the sound you're looking for. The RC's will have the fundamental Birch qualities. Bright, punchy and a more contemporary sound. The Broadcasters will give you that vintage, warm sound associated with the maple/poplar shells and vintage style bearing edge profiles. Both are excellent drums....but two different styles of sound.
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    From a DW player, I recommend the RC. I'm not a fan of hybrid shells or 30 degree edges, so the Gretsch is a "not for me" kit. I've listened to a new RC and it is truly impressive.

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    I own a Yamaha Maple custom and I've recorded on it numerous times.

    Truly the biggest thing I can say is you need to do and buy what feels right to you.
    I've never owned a Gretsch kit but I've played on in college.
    Would I trade my Yamaha's for it? Not in a million years...
    But it was a great kit and sounded great. I just love my Yamis.
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