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Gretsch Drums Catalina Club Jazz 4-Piece Shell Pack with 18" Bass Drum   

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This Gretsch Catalina 4-Piece Jazz Shell Pack is designed for the player who is looking for a versatile 4-piece set with quality features. Featuring ...Read More

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Projects a retro sound, vibe and spirit.

This Gretsch Catalina 4-Piece Jazz Shell Pack is designed for the player who is looking for a versatile 4-piece set with quality features. Featuring mahogany shells and 30-degree bearing edges, this set projects a warm, round, classic tone. The traditional bebop sizes with 18" bass drum makes it a fine gigging jazz kit but the Club Jazz can also play comfortably in other music styles, especially if you need to lay into a kit in a smaller live venue. Plus its distinctive retro looks are sure to capture attention.

Whether you're looking for a classic jazz kit or small kit for gigs/rehearsals, the Catalina Club Jazz kit projects a retro sound, vibe and spirit that will keep you deeply grooving.

Cymbals and hardware sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany shells
  • 30-degree bearing edge
  • Chrome hardware
  • 1.6mm triple-flanged hoops
  • Matching mahogany bass drum hoops
  • Gretsch heads by Remo
  • Configuration:
  • Bass drum: 18 x 14"
  • Floor tom: 14 x 14"
  • Rack tom: 12 x 8"
  • Snare drum: 14 x 5"

A throwback kit for the Blakey in all of us. Order today.

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Gretsch DrumsCatalina Club Jazz 4-Piece Shell Pack with 18" Bass Drum
 
4.5

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4.0

Good sound, great price, and very usable drums!

By Joseph

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Comments about Catalina Club Jazz 4-Piece Shell Pack with 18" Bass Drum:

I purchased this kit as an alternative to a kit that I have with much larger sizes, (26" bass drum, etc). The satin white chocolate finish looks stellar; a bit yellower than the picture. The tome came tuned medium-low, and sound so good that I haven't touched the tuning. They sound warm and sounded loud enough to be heard with a band in a small room. If a gig was outdoors they may not be loud enough to carry without mic's. The bass drum was easy to tune up; I would describe the sound and volume similar to the toms. I am used to playing a 26", so I had to play the 18" bass drum quite a bit harder to keep up with the volume of the snare. I expected that and enjoyed being able to really lay into it. I found that I have to work a little harder to pull out the round resonant sound that I like, but I think that is just me adjusting to a very small bass drum. I love the sound. The snare out-of-box tuning was not very sensitive. I tightened up the resonant head, and it was more responsive. I haven't really spent enough time messing with the snare tuning to get it exactly like I want it, but a turn or two tighter on the reso head was enough for it to sound decent. Overall, the drums sound great for the money, and are very easy to use. The whole thing fits easily in the trunk of my Nissan Sentra, along with my cymbals and hardware. That will make it easy to rehearse at someone else's house regularly, which my neighbors will appreciate. The hardware seems solid. A couple of the tuning lugs were a bit stiff, but a drop of lubricant fixed that. The tom holder is nice. I didn't use the bass drum riser--I like the sound of hitting a bit above center, and enjoyed the kit being quite low to the ground. One thing that I noticed is that the different plies of wood have very different colors. Some dark red, some almost white. I figured some of the wood was poplar and some mahogany, but Gretsch (DW) said that it is natural color variants for mid-grade mahogany. I love them.

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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love

By drummergirl

from toronto,on

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Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Club Jazz 4-Piece Shell Pack with 18" Bass Drum:

amazing small kit

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Kit!

By funkydrummer428

from Akron, OH

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Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Portable
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Rock band
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks
    • Symphonies

    Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Club Jazz 4-Piece Shell Pack with 18" Bass Drum:

    Truly excellent drum set, especially for the money you pay. The toms sing, good snare, and the bass is fantastic! When I got this kit a few years ago, I wondered if an 18" kick would suit my needs as a rock drummer. Now 18s are my preferred kick size. Get the right head (I prefer an Aquarian Super Kick II) and this thing will be absolutely thunderous.

    Tuning range is great, allowing for high jazz tunings on the toms, or keep them lower for your rock gig. I've used mine for indie, alternative, punk, jazz, studio work, church gigs - you name it, this thing can do it. Loads in and out easily, can fit it in the back of the car, and doesn't take up too much room in the jam space.

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    4.0

    Small kit goes a long way

    By bass&drums88

    from Los Angeles

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    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jazz Clubs
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Club Jazz 4-Piece Shell Pack with 18" Bass Drum:

      I use this small tight kit for almost every type of gig. It's an easy set to transport. It works for me in many types of settings. I use it primarily as a jazz kit but I have used it in smaller venues such as a Blues, R&B, Gospel, and Coffee house kit. I find the kit to versatile and expressive.

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