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    My brother wants to get a new acoustic kit. Hasn't had one in a long while.

    Budget is tight so it's between Catalina Club Jazz and Catalina Maple. The Maple is a better "value" in that he can get 5 PC for only a little more than 4 PC Cat Club.

    Thoughts? He's leaning towards maple 5 PC with 20" kick.
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    I love my Catalina Maples. In my opinion, they are great drums for a great price. My kit is a 6 Piece with a 22" kick. I never have played A Catalina Jazz, so I can't comment on those.

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    I got a new snare drum today, I didn't get to play it yet. I'm going to use it on a gig this weekend. I'll give a report after that.

    Gretsch USA Custom Solid Maple 6 1/2" X 14".

    Gretsch USA Custom olid Maple Snare Drum.jpg
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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    Nice -- IMO all Gretsch USA snares are remarkably good -- I am now playing my third one.
    is that the 6-ply or the single ply ?
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
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  5. #3030

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    Nice -- IMO all Gretsch USA snares are remarkably good -- I am now playing my third one.
    is that the 6-ply or the single ply ?
    It is the single ply. I am going to order a six ply in the next couple of weeks. I'm going to order in the silver glass finish to match my new kit, it will have a tone control, 42 strand snare wires and a drum key holder. The only detail that I'm undecided about, is what depth to go with. I'm leaning toward traditional a 5" depth for this one. In the future I might also order a matching 6 1/2" deep snare.

    I wanted to order at least one matching snare when I ordered the kit, but I was ordering it in January and I wanted to get the order in before the rush of NAMM orders. I didn't have quite the funds to cover the kit and snares as well.
    Last edited by drummer5359; 07-11-2019 at 10:40 PM.
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer5359 View Post
    It is the single ply. I am going to order a six ply in the net couple of weeks. I'm going to order in the silver glass finish to match my new kit, it will have a tone control, 42 strand snare wires and a drum key holder. The only detail that I'm undecided about, is what depth to go with.
    Either size will sound great.
    If you have a choice of lightning or micro throw, the new micro is awesome.
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  7. #3032

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaosotis View Post
    My brother wants to get a new acoustic kit. Hasn't had one in a long while.

    Budget is tight so it's between Catalina Club Jazz and Catalina Maple. The Maple is a better "value" in that he can get 5 PC for only a little more than 4 PC Cat Club.

    Thoughts? He's leaning towards maple 5 PC with 20" kick.
    So I'm curious which way your brother went. I had a 4 piece 80's Catalina Elite Jazz kit with an 18" kick. I recently let it go in favor of keeping my 6 piece Catalina Maple kit, mainly because I can break it down to a 4 piece, or keep it as a 5 or 6 piece. I just couldn't give up the versatility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer5359 View Post
    I got a new snare drum today, I didn't get to play it yet. I'm going to use it on a gig this weekend. I'll give a report after that.

    Gretsch USA Custom Solid Maple 6 1/2" X 14".

    Gretsch USA Custom olid Maple Snare Drum.jpg
    That's a beautiful snare, and being solid maple is awesome.
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    I stopped by my friendly neighborhood drum shop today. (Pittsburgh Dum Exchange) While I was here I placed an order for a Gretsch USA Custom snare drum. I went with a 5" X 14" with a Lighting throw off, 42 strand snare wires, tone control and drum key holder in the silver glass nitron wrap to match my new kit.

    I'm not yet sure of the wait time, but I'm hoping to get it by the end of the year.

    On other news, I installed a Remo Vintage Ambassador batter head on my new USA Custom Solid Shell tonight and got it dialed in the way that I want it. I'm going to use it on my gig Saturday night.

    :D
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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    I have not been on here recently, and I realized that I had not given an update on the Gretsch USA Custom snare drum that I ordered in July. It arrived in late October, a pretty fast turn around.

    Gretsch USA Custom snare drum.jpg
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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    Speaking of turn around, I'm not sure how to turn my photo here.
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

  12. #3037

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    Beautiful, as expected..............congratulations.
    I am currently gigging with my third USA snare drum -- it is outstanding in every way.
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer5359 View Post
    I have not been on here recently, and I realized that I had not given an update on the Gretsch USA Custom snare drum that I ordered in July. It arrived in late October, a pretty fast turn around.

    Gretsch USA Custom snare drum.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    Stand up when you are being photographed.
    That must be what I did wrong! lol.
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    Beautiful, as expected..............congratulations.
    I am currently gigging with my third USA snare drum -- it is outstanding in every way.
    Thank you. What Gretsch USA snare drums are you using?
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer5359 View Post
    Thank you. What Gretsch USA snare drums are you using?
    The first was a 1954 Round Badge (3 ply) maple WMP..............maybe the best snare I've ever played.
    I sold it back to the original owner because he found a near-match kit.............otherwise I would have never let it go.

    The second was a COB G4160..............I sold it to a collector in NYC..............he just had to have it because it had the (seldom used) Drop-G badge and he needed it to fill out a collection.

    My third is the favorite and one I'm playing now............in 2017, I ordered the G4169B:
    6.5X14 Bronze with the new micro throw and the 42-strand snare wires............a 20-lugger............awesome drum.

    IMG_0625.jpg

    20170620_161719.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    The first was a 1954 Round Badge (3 ply) maple WMP..............maybe the best snare I've ever played.
    I sold it back to the original owner because he found a near-match kit.............otherwise I would have never let it go.

    The second was a COB G4160..............I sold it to a collector in NYC..............he just had to have it because it had the (seldom used) Drop-G badge and he needed it to fill out a collection.

    My third is the favorite and one I'm playing now............in 2017, I ordered the G4169B:
    6.5X14 Bronze with the new micro throw and the 42-strand snare wires............a 20-lugger............awesome drum.

    IMG_0625.jpg

    20170620_161719.jpg

    20171012_170328.jpg
    Very nice! I recently realized that I currently have more Gretsch snare drums than any other brand. They build great drums.
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    The first was a 1954 Round Badge (3 ply) maple WMP..............maybe the best snare I've ever played.
    I sold it back to the original owner because he found a near-match kit.............otherwise I would have never let it go.

    The second was a COB G4160..............I sold it to a collector in NYC..............he just had to have it because it had the (seldom used) Drop-G badge and he needed it to fill out a collection.

    My third is the favorite and one I'm playing now............in 2017, I ordered the G4169B:
    6.5X14 Bronze with the new micro throw and the 42-strand snare wires............a 20-lugger............awesome drum.

    IMG_0625.jpg

    20170620_161719.jpg

    20171012_170328.jpg
    All three of those snares are beautiful, but the new bronze 20-lugger really rings my bell. I would love to be able to afford one of those.

    GeeDeeEmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdmoore28 View Post
    All three of those snares are beautiful, but the new bronze 20-lugger really rings my bell. I would love to be able to afford one of those.

    GeeDeeEmm
    Thanks GDM..............below is the Gretsch marketing photo.................

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    I love the bronze, and the phosphor bronze snares, they are both on my wish list.

    I did get a Gretsch USA Bell Brass in November of 2018. It is a monster.

    2018 Gretsch Bell Brass snare drum.jpg
    Last edited by drummer5359; 12-13-2019 at 10:36 AM.
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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    Here is a shot of it with my new Gretsch USA Custom kit this past June.

    Gretsch Bell Brass at HCL 2019.jpg
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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    Lovely !
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    I visited the Gretsch factory in Ridgeland South Carolina this past Wednesday while my wife and I were on vacation. The drums that I ordered are currently in production.

    “Old fashioned craftsmanship” is how I’d describe what we witnessed. You can tell that they really care about what they create. Jackie and I were both impressed. By the way, I must have the coolest wife. She spent a good bit of a day out of our vacation with me at a drum factory and actually enjoyed herself.
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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    Hey 5359..................I did that tour a few years back.
    Paul Cooper went out of his way to give us a personal tour that took a little over an hour.
    Old fashioned craftsmanship..................exactly a 180 to what others are currently doing.

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    I just got a call from Pittsburgh Drum Exchange. My Gretsch USA Custom 13” tom, 18”, 20” & 24” bass drums and 14” x 6 1/2” snare drum all just arrived to the shop. I’m going to pick them up tomorrow!
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

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