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Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom Transparent Ebony

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Classic Gretsch features include 7-ply, 7.2mm maple shells with 30-degree bearing edges and totally adjustable ball-and-socket tom holder. 22" x 18" ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A double floor tom configuration with a huge dynamic range.

Classic Gretsch features include 7-ply, 7.2mm maple shells with 30-degree bearing edges and totally adjustable ball-and-socket tom holder. 22" x 18" kick, 10 x 8" and 12 x 9" toms, 8 x 7" tom, and 14 x 14" and 16 x 16" floor toms, and 14" x 6" snare. Cymbals and hardware sold separately.

FEATURES
  • 22" x 18" kick
  • 14" x 6" snare
  • 10" x 8" and 12" x 9" toms
  • Free 8" x 7" tom
  • 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" floor toms
  • Cymbals and hardware sold separately

In the legendary tradition of great Gretsch maple drums.

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Gretsch DrumsCatalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (8)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Sensitive (5)
  • Huge tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (6)
  • Jazz clubs (5)
  • Soundtracks (5)
  • Accompaniment (4)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Kit, Excellent Price

I was very pleased with this kit. The shells were of very good quality and have a fantastic tone. The skins that came with the kit were good quality for a factory set,...Read complete review

I was very pleased with this kit. The shells were of very good quality and have a fantastic tone. The skins that came with the kit were good quality for a factory set, and keep their tuning decently well. The hardware in general is of a very high quality, and the ball-in-socket tom mounting system is phenomenally versatile. However, the complementary eight inch tom that comes with the product does not ship with a mount. This is a small issue, but was still worth mentioning. Overall, this is an excellent kit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

That great Gretsch sound!

I know your probably being a bit judgemental about buying a Gretsch kit if you haven't owened one before. Dont worry, I was too, I was about to buy a Tama kit but...Read complete review

I know your probably being a bit judgemental about buying a Gretsch kit if you haven't owened one before. Dont worry, I was too, I was about to buy a Tama kit but unfortunatly my order got lost, so the guy at the music store gave me a good deal on this kit. I was really upset I couldn't get the Tama kit, until this kit was set up in my basement. Since then, the only thing ill be buying from Tama is thier double pedals. Have a good one!
Im going to be honest, this kit at its stock level is nothing over the top. The heads are pretty cheap (especially the bass drum) and the snare wires aren't the best eaither. BUT, throw some Remo heads on there and you will be blown away! I took the snappy off my Vinne Paul signature snare from Pearl, threw it on the snare that came with this kit, and there is a world of difference! My kit sounds better than any Yamaha or Mapex kit ive played, sounds even better than my friends Tama Hyper-drive kit! Oh and p.s put a kickport on the bass drum, and say hello to a bazooka. Enough said.
Solid drums, amasing finish... the signature Gretsch tom mount is extremly sturdy, but the downstem of the mount that goes into the bass drum does not affect the sound at all. I got my kit with the hardware package from Gibraltar and I dont regret it, they are very durable and heavy so you know everything is being held in place, for good.
You seriously do not need to look farther. If your a drummer like me, who isn't famous (yet) and doesnt need a $5000 kit but wants a nice, quality, great sounding drum set that you will love to play and take care of, get your credit card out right now!

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(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

warm and full sound!

By Robert Comire

from ny/kc

Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom:

You will not find a better maple kit at this price. I just finished recording a live ep with this kit and was blown away by the sound I got out of it. These toms sound so good when playing live and recording. Becareful, you will want to start playing excessive rolls and fills just because of the amazing tom sound. If you want a thick, meaty Jon Bonham drums sound on the cheap, buy this kit, it is better than my previous maple ludwig kits.

(9 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Piece of junk

By zdboykin

from Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Great Sound

Cons

  • All Hoops Were Bent
  • Poorly Made

Best Uses

    Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom:

    5 of the hoops were horribly bent. I contacted musicians friend to see about getting them replaced. I already replaced the drum heads and they said the only way to exchange was to have the original heads still on it. NO HELP whatsoever. DO NOT BUY THIS KIT!!! DO NOT DEAL WITH MUSICIANS FRIEND. They will screw you over in the long run.

    (9 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Why so popular?

    By Josh Fratta

    from D.C.

    Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom:

    This kit was just not for me. I don't own this kit, but the highschool I go to has one. I play on it for jazz band. It's fine for Jazz, Ska, Country, ect but I play rock and metal, and the toms are just too small and high pitch for my use. Would not recommend this kit if you plan to play rock or metal. Perfect for casual Jazz, Ska, or country players.
    This kit may have lots of toms, but they are extremely high pitched and are extremely hard to tune down with them still sounding good. I would not recomend this kit for people playing rock or metal. It's good for ska and genres like that.
    Very well made kit. I gave it a 9 because of it's crappy drum heads. Easily replaceable, though.
    Your only paying for it because of all the extra toms and the quality maple wood its made from. Kit just isn't worth what your paying for it.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Kit, Excellent Price

    By JustAnotherDrummer

    from California, USA

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • Small Venues
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom:

      I was very pleased with this kit. The shells were of very good quality and have a fantastic tone. The skins that came with the kit were good quality for a factory set, and keep their tuning decently well. The hardware in general is of a very high quality, and the ball-in-socket tom mounting system is phenomenally versatile. However, the complementary eight inch tom that comes with the product does not ship with a mount. This is a small issue, but was still worth mentioning. Overall, this is an excellent kit.

      (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      EXCELLENT KIT

      By premierdrummer79

      from Victor, Idaho

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom:

        This kit was my 4th try on getting a quality kit for gigging. I tried Yamaha, Crush and Tama. Nothing compares. Out of the box this thing sounds great. As usual I'm sure new heads will improve the sound. The finish is out of this world and the sound is everything you would expect from Gretsch. BUY IT!!!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love these!

        By Sacovert97

        from Delphi, IN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Responsive
        • Versatile
        • Warm

        Cons

        • Bad Tension Rod

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • Live
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom:

        I was taking a very long time trying to decide what kit to get, in short I made the right choice. You cannot get a better kit for the price. The one problem I had was that one of the bass drum tension rods would not fit in the clamp, I have e-mailed Gretsch and they are sending me a new one.

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it

        By Peter Sulava

        from Atlanta

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom:

        For the money, you get 7 drums with some nice mounting hardware (you still have to get the hi hat stand, snare stand, and bass pedal). The quality is high. The heads sound nice. Very tough to beat for the money.
        I was a little sceptical with the amber color, but after I bought it, it looks really good. I'm very happy with the set overall. The 8" tom sounds nice. The ball and socket tom mounts are really nice for manuvering the toms into place. It's a really quality set for the money.
        I think they look great, put together great, and all of the mounting hardware is very nice.
        Really tough to beat this set for the money.

        (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        That great Gretsch sound!

        By Justin Kobarda

        from Ontario, Canada

        Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom:

        I know your probably being a bit judgemental about buying a Gretsch kit if you haven't owened one before. Dont worry, I was too, I was about to buy a Tama kit but unfortunatly my order got lost, so the guy at the music store gave me a good deal on this kit. I was really upset I couldn't get the Tama kit, until this kit was set up in my basement. Since then, the only thing ill be buying from Tama is thier double pedals. Have a good one!
        Im going to be honest, this kit at its stock level is nothing over the top. The heads are pretty cheap (especially the bass drum) and the snare wires aren't the best eaither. BUT, throw some Remo heads on there and you will be blown away! I took the snappy off my Vinne Paul signature snare from Pearl, threw it on the snare that came with this kit, and there is a world of difference! My kit sounds better than any Yamaha or Mapex kit ive played, sounds even better than my friends Tama Hyper-drive kit! Oh and p.s put a kickport on the bass drum, and say hello to a bazooka. Enough said.
        Solid drums, amasing finish... the signature Gretsch tom mount is extremly sturdy, but the downstem of the mount that goes into the bass drum does not affect the sound at all. I got my kit with the hardware package from Gibraltar and I dont regret it, they are very durable and heavy so you know everything is being held in place, for good.
        You seriously do not need to look farther. If your a drummer like me, who isn't famous (yet) and doesnt need a $5000 kit but wants a nice, quality, great sounding drum set that you will love to play and take care of, get your credit card out right now!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Im a believer...in Musician's Friend

        By Brooklyn Beat 65

        from Brooklyn New York

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Handsome
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Solid Rack Mounts
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Skins Were Not Great

        Best Uses

        • Live Shows
        • Recording
        • Rock-n-roll
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom:

        This set was worth the money indeed. It looks great, sounds great, and the hardware is solid. I did not pay for shipping. The Complete set came in 2 boxes and arrived all at once. NO TAX which was hard for any competitors to match. The set came with evans skins which were low grade but any experienced drummer is gonna buy new skins for the sound that they prefer. I was never a fan of buying something on line that I could not see in person but Musician's Friend showed me otherwise. The employee's were friendly and knowledgable. I played all different makes of drums, This is my first Gretsch set and I Love It!!

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not a vintage round badge, but.....

        By Old School Gretsch

        from Falmouth, MA

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Any Paying Gig
          • Jazz Clubs
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with free 8" Tom:

          I still miss my old 60's round badge Bop kit...should never have sold it...so far this kit has been an honorable replacement and due to the configuration could seriousely make me less nostalgic for that old set. I've played other brands but it's true that there is "that great Gretsch sound" and this kit has it!

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