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Gretsch 18/12/14/5.5x14" Catalina Special Edition Drum Set - VIDEO. Walnut Burst Lacquer

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Steve Maxwell Drums - Chicago
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Here is Gretsch's Special Edition Catalina, exclusive for 2020! These drums are 14x18", 14x14", 8x12", and 5.5x14". They feature a 7-ply maple/walnut shell with 30 degree edges, flat-black maple wood hoops, and retro claws. The wooden hoops effectively warm up resonance from the shell without sacrificing contact on the bearing edges. The inner-most ply is walnut, which visually ties the drum together with the tasteful lacquer walnut finish. The Catalina series has already proven itself a frontrunner for entry/mid level drums, but the 2020 Catalina Special Edition raises the bar! Steve’s notes: Check out the video I just did for this set. The video was done with the stock Remo heads, which include a Powerstroke-style on the batter (which I normally change out to a coated Amb for jazz tuning). But, I wanted you to hear it as-is with the stock head out of the box. I did just a small bit of tuning on the toms and bass, and only had to tighten the batter side of the snare a bit. Took maybe 5 minutes.
Before this special edition was introduced to the public I was able to play these kits when I visited DW/Gretsch in CA. I was 100% blown away by the sound and the quality. Visually, the kit is stunning and unless you knew it was a low-priced kit you’d think it was a $2500 drumset at least. Sonically it is fantastic. The maple/walnut shell with 30 degree edges is warm and articulate, and the wood hoops create what I call a more “organic” and “airy” sound. Then, there is the extra benefit of the wood hoops making each drum significantly lighter in weight. They are a breeze to move around. I can easily say that I would take this bop kit to ANY jazz gig and be proud to play it, and I don’t say things like this lightly. And, I have extra “kudos” for the snare drum. I am very picky about snare drums and this drum plays really nicely. It feels comfortable, responds well, and tunes easily. This snare is FAR better than what you would expect to see on an $899 kit.
The larger kit is also incredible. (8x12, 14x14, 16x16, 14x22, 6.5x14) It would be an easy choice as a rock or big band kit. I have those on the way as well.
The purity of the tone with these shells and the wood hoops means that this set will record beautifully as well. At this price point the set is a must-have. Fantastic house/club kit; great for any jazz gig; rehearsal space kit; etc etc. Very limited quantities and these will no longer be made after the current stock is gone. Do yourself a favor and grab one. 

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