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are these worth looking into? i`ve seen a kit from 1972 that is in very good condition in silver sparkle. bill
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My first set of drums that I got used in 1983 is a Gretsch from around then. They sound great but some of the hardware is not the greatest. I think most(if not all) wrapped Gretsch drums from this period should have metal bass drum hoops. What sizes are you talking about? My set has the ball socket hardware for the toms which is not great but I only ever play the set with the 12" tom mounted on a snare stand. I also swapped out my floor tom legs for newer ones as I did not need to alter anything and the new ones work much better. I saved the originals in case I decide to switch back. 

 

What is the asking price and the condition? Is there a snare included? Do you have any pics?

 

Here is my set....

 

 

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Gretsch drum produced up until 2000 were all made with Jasper 6 ply shells.  The same shell as used in the 60s.  

 

Can't really go wrong with that.


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Any USA Gretsch drums in good condition are worth looking into.
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are these worth looking into? i`ve seen a kit from 1972 that is in very good condition in silver sparkle. bill

 

Happen to have a photo? I was born in '72 and that's my favorite finish.  :)


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^ My first kit was 71 Ludwig in Silver Sparkle.
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size wise the drums are 22,16,13 with 5/5.5 snare morello sizes. bill
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I would be very interested in a kit like this. Most of the Gretsch kits from this era sound terrific. I have had no probs re bearing edges,general quality control, etc; though other folks have.

 

The hardware is no hell, with the tom mounts a particular issue.

 

Me, I would take a look.

 

Good luck


Edited by Patrick, 20 April 2017 - 03:55 PM.

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I have a really nice 18,12,14 black intron kit from the same time frame. They sound amazing. No quality issues here.
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I've got an SSB badge kit from around this time that just KILLS!  So... YES...check them out!  What is the price range?

 

Side note, my kit is Ebony lacquer...I've always wondered if the wrap kits of this era are less desirable since heads may sit a lil more snug if the wrap goes all the way up to the edge.   Hmmm???


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This ere with the really thin shells are hands down my favorite Gretsch drums


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I've told this story before but I will mention it again. My Gretsch set sounds great but they are more rock sizes than anything. For years I had heard about the Gretsch bop set mystique with the K Zildjians and I had kind of thought that while it probably sounds nice, is it really all that special? I went to the Hollywood custom drum show around 1998 and in the middle of the floor someone had this 18,12,14 walnut SSB Gretsch set up with beat up old K's. The set was scratched and pretty beat on and as I was checking it out, the guy who had the booth said "give it a go". I have played jazz for years and while I am certainly not as good as some of you guys here I do ok with it and know how to serve the music. I tell you I sat on this kit and it sounded so freakin amazing it stopped me in my tracks. It was THE sound that I heard on all those old 60's jazz records. It was tuned up high and the cymbals had the perfect amount crash VS definition. I was truly blown away and ever since then I get why guys like those bop Gretsch sets. It really was magic.

 

Of course they are all priced WAY above what I would ever hope to spend but they certainly do have a special mojo. Maybe every set is not like this but I could have spent hours playing that Gretsch that day. Of course I only played about 5 min as I am not a real big fan of bashing on drums at a drum show especially since I knew I couldn't afford this set.


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If is a 22/13/16 my 1st question would be " Rail?" or " Half of a double tom (post/s) set up?)

If It's a rail it's 'more' rare.I'd say


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Pictures, please!.......


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1972 Gretsch SSB kits are well worth the price for your enjoyment!
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Beautiful stuff as usual Osa!


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after doing more research and going back to look at the set i found out a couple of things. the floor and tom have the round badge held in with a carpet tack. the bass and snare have the round badge held in with a grommet. so it looks like a mixed set from two different eras.so, playable but not neccesarily collectible, eh? bill
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after doing more research and going back to look at the set i found out a couple of things. the floor and tom have the round badge held in with a carpet tack. the bass and snare have the round badge held in with a grommet. so it looks like a mixed set from two different eras.so, playable but not neccesarily collectible, eh? bill


That's what we call a ROUND BADGE kit... typically a RB kit was made up to mid-1970 depending on the serial numbers which will be no greater then 114xxx'ish.
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after doing more research and going back to look at the set i found out a couple of things. the floor and tom have the round badge held in with a carpet tack. the bass and snare have the round badge held in with a grommet. so it looks like a mixed set from two different eras.so, playable but not neccesarily collectible, eh? bill

standard gretsch round badge drums

 

the toms had the round badge held on by a tack (no vent holes)

the bass drums had a 3/8" diameter grommet holding the badge onto the shell.


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after doing more research and going back to look at the set i found out a couple of things. the floor and tom have the round badge held in with a carpet tack. the bass and snare have the round badge held in with a grommet. so it looks like a mixed set from two different eras.so, playable but not neccesarily collectible, eh? bill

AFAIK round badge toms are normally tacked while kicks and snares are gromitted (is that a real word?). Also very collectible.
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