Back in 2003 I bought a new set of Gretsch USA Maples in Vintage Satin Blonde. Great drums, exactly like the Customs but limited sizes and only available in Satin finishes. I have an 18x22, 9x12, 14x14 and 16x16. Last fall I saw that the pricing on the Satin finish Customs is almost approaching sane and they still make the finish. So in December I ordered a 14x24 and a 9x13 to match from that guy named Steve in NJ. On Steve's recommendation I shipped them my small tom for finish matching. Steve said it would take 6 months - it took 4 with great communication the whole way.They arrived on 4/15 and I finally got them set up in my practice room. Wow, what great drums. Very good match and in perfect shape.
The tom sings, but the bass drum is flat out killer. The 18x22 beer can I have with the original set was good but always fighting the "basketball ping". Not this behemoth. Deep-deep tone with the perfect mix of thud and boom. It came with a coated PS3 on the batter and a coated Ambassador on the reso. I added a 4" wide felt strip to the reso and tuned it up. I cannot wait to gig these but my next one isn't until 5/4. I'll have to take them to a couple of rehearsals too.