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A compact, mahogany-shelled kit built for mobility and versatility.
For gigging drummers in need of versatile, great sounding drums with portability, Gretsch now presents the revolutionary Catalina Club Street Kit. The mahogany shells offer reliable tone and remarkable projection. But what makes the Street Kit unique is its revolutionary adjustable-depth 16" bass drum that can be expanded an additional two and- one-half inches in depth, from a 12" to 14½".
When the bass drum is opened up the drum delivers a robust feel with a focused punch, impressive depth and controlled overtones. For a more traditional jazzy sound with those familiar satisfying overtones, simply close the depth of the drum using the three adjustment rods. Rods are notched for quick and precise adjustments, making the Street Kit the perfect solution for the player whose gigs vary from one style to another.
Built on the versatile tones of mahogany shells, the 30-degree bearing edge of these drums produces a full, round tone. The drums are crowned with chrome 1.6mm triple-flanged hoops for firm rimshots and accents. They also come equipped with custom Gretsch Remo heads straight right out of the box.
Even though the Street Kit packs a lot of punch, it was designed with portability in mind. Its compact sizes fit easily into two bags (sold separately). The bass drum is equipped with a built-in cymbal arm which eliminates the need for a cymbal stand. Even with a hardware bag and cymbal bag, with the Catalina Club Street Kit, you can actually make it out of the car and into the club in just one trip.
Cymbals not included.
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Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Club Street Kit 4-Piece Shell Pack:
This is a good kittle kit. I appreciate the coated heads on the batter side toms and snare and the front bass drum. The bass drum stock heads are okay, but do have nice, wide muffling rings. The problem is, aftermarket 16" heads are made for toms, so they do not have enough muffling to give a nice deep thud. I am using Coated Pinstripes on both sides, and had to add muffling to both heads to get an adequate thump. The stock tom and snare heads are good, with clear generic ambassadors on the bottom (generic coated ambassadors on the top).
The rack tom tunes up nice and high bebop style, and can also be tuned "normal" for a pop/rock sound. It is only a 5 lug drum (not 6), which makes tuning a bit more difficult, and also lacks a suspension mount. It lacks the depth and punch of a normal depth 10" tom when tuned lower, because it is only 6" deep.
The floor tom sounds good tuned high for jazz, but lacks the depth you would need for a "normal" floor tom sound when tuned low. Again, double ply and/or muffled heads would help here.
The snare is adequate and sounds good when tuned well. It only has 6 lugs (not 8), so it is not quite as sensitive to tuning as it should be. It works well enough, though.
The bass drum sounds good, but again, double ply heads and additional muffling are a must if you are going for a nice thud. It can tune up nicely for bebop as is, though. Even doing your best tuning, this kit really can't cut a rock or louder gig, in my opinion. The drums are just too small to sound big and fat, even when tuned low and mic'ed. It works great for jazz, softer volume gigs or rehearsels as well.
I like the fact that the bass drum opens up. I don't know if it really effects the sound as much as Gretsch claims (I haven't really tried), but I like the fact that I can fit the snare and the rack tom inside the bass drum for transport. The snare just barely fits in the bass drum (as would be true for any 13" snare), and the rack tom fits fine, and would fit fine even with a suspension mount. I place rubber "sound off" pads between the drums and against the bass drum heads for protection in transport. That way, you only have two cases to carry. However, it does make the bass drum pretty heavy. Also, between the spurs, tom holder bracket, cymbal holder bracket, pedal lift holder bracket and 6 brackets for the adjustable depth rods, there is a LOT of hardware connected to that small bass drum! As such, it makes it bulky to look at, and bulky to carry. It fits VERY tightly inside a 16" bag. The hardware, lugs, brackets etc. are all the same as the Gretsch Catalina Jazz. To me, it looks too bulky on small drums. Even the floor tom uses very bulky brackets (again, the same as Catalina Jazz), and as such, is also a tight fit in an 11" x 13" bag.
All in all, I like this kit, but it is certainly better suited for jazz and lower volume gigs, and for rehearsels. I like the portability factor a lot, and it does look great, if not bulky. The smaller the drums are, the more important tuning and head selection is. Keep that in mind.