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    So here's the evolution of this drum kit. Bought a used Gretsch Catalina 4 piece as a beater kit a few years ago. It was in rough shape, with deep scratches in the finish and bass hoops painted an ugly gold. First I rewrapped them myself in Black and Silver sparkle from Jammin Sam. Then Pete from Rukus Drums cut down the kick to 14", cut the edges,sealed the interior and detailed the hardware. Finally Pete cut the edges on the toms, as well as reglued the seams, sealed the interior and installed the tom mount to the shell. The kit looks phenomenal now and sounds better than ever! It has become my main gigging kit due to its compact size and punchy sound. I can't say enough about Peter Lazos and his company, Rukus Drums USA. He has done a lot of work for me over the last few months, including building me an unbelievable snare. 1Original1.jpg4Rewrap1.jpg6KickBefore1.jpg11Kickafter3.jpg14RackAfter1.jpg

    Acoustic Kits:
    DW Design 6 pc
    Tama Silverstar Limited Edition Mirage 5 pc
    Tama Superstar 5 pc
    Gretsch Catalina Ash 4 pc

    Slingerland 7 pc

    Electronic Kits:
    Yamaha DTX532k
    Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad, Roland PD-85 (x3) and KD9 pads
    Alessis Sample Pad


    Snares:
    Tama SLP Black Brass
    Tama SLP G Maple
    Rukus Santos/Bubinga/Poplar/Wenge


    Hardware:
    Tama and DW

    Cymbals:
    Zildjian A Series, A Custom and K Custom

    Microphones:
    Miktek, Audix and Shure

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    Very, Very cool.

    Great choice of finish, too!
    Signature here

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    I have just done one also Great fun to do & I don't care for it in the slightest

    DEC2DC0D-9EB6-45AF-9F10-FBC1BFEF5A74 by Kevin Frost, on Flickr
    The Varukers.

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    Nice!

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    Looks awesome man!
    Yamaha Stage Custom 22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 Cranberry Red 14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats, Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride, Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Pearl P2002B Double Bass Pedal

    Pearl Masters Studio Birch MBX 22x16, 10x10, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 White Mist 14x6.5 Masters Studio Birch Snare
    Zildjian 14" New Beats, Sabian 22" AA Ride, Sabian 18" Paragon Crash, Zildjian 16" Medium Thin Crash
    Tama Iron Cobra Single Pedal

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    It looks quite good. Peace and goodwill.
    Mark Wellman ><>

    Mapex Saturn toms, bass drum, and snare / Mapex MPX snare / Sabian HHX, AA, SR2 / Evans / LA Backbeat

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    very nice, been wanting to do a similar project myself.
    Ludwig Classic Maple 22x16,12x9,16x16

    Alesis Strike Pro SE

    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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    This has inspired me to dig out an old 20" bass drum and restore it for gigging duties when my 24" is a bit too much.

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    That's what I do! I use my Sonor Session and Arena kits for gigging and keep the Beech Infinite kit at home and use it for recording.
    Take the intermediate kits out for gigs, Don't scratch up the nice kit at any bar gigs!

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