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    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    @rsmittee - love it! This is super good to know and your kit is beautiful! I'm just wanting a nice gigging kit as well, one that sounds great, easy to tune. I always get compliments on the sound of my Mapex Meridiens, they're old, but the maple shells are just really nice. So I can imagine the...
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    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    Appreciate the input on your experience, @Grooovepig . Curious, what year are your Renowns? Some other random boards I've read stated that Gretsch has made more improvements on the toms holder over recent years.
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    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    I appreciate everyone's help! This is the insight I was looking for. I was leaning toward the Renown (and thinking if I'm stretching on the cost, I would consider Tama Starclassic Performer), but there is something about the renown and full maple, the finish, and the musicality that was pushing...
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    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    This is good to know, @Redbeard77 ! Thanks for the feedback. I was going to order on Sweetwater. I was going to get the 5-piece shell pack in Cherry Burst (7" x 10" and 8" x 12" toms, 14" x 16" floor, 18" x 22" bass, 5" x 14" snare). Beautiful finish (red is my fav). I was also going to special...
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    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    it's funny you mention this because I do recall playing some Tamas recently at a rehearsal studio. You're right, they do get more abuse, but they were slipping around on me the whole time. I guess I didn't put 2 and 2 together until I read your post. Your insights are super helpful! This is what...
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    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    Thanks, bpaluzzi. I really appreciate the personal insight! I've never played Tamas, but I do read some amazing things about the Renown kit sound and design. I think I'm sold :)
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    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    Thanks, Rick! Good to know. Yes, I do a lot of setting up and tearing down, so want to make sure it can handle all the movement. I'm kinda surprised my Mapex Meriden kit has survived so well! 10 years of pretty consistent set up and teardown and they've been great. I was considering Mapex Armory...
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    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    Yes, I recognize that Superstar Classic is more competing with Catalina. I just wasn't super interested in going for the higher level Tama (from what I've read). I def considered the Catalina, as well, but have heard it's better to stretch the budget and go for Renown if you're going for Gretsch...
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    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    Thanks for the reply. It's hard to discern what's out there, but there seems to be a sentiment that Tama is much studier than Gretsch, and that the tom mounts are challenging. But I appreciate the feedback!
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    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    Hi all - I'm a steady-working drummer, have been gigging for years and played mostly Yamaha and Mapex. I'm in the market for a new kit and am struggling! I'd love to find a sturdy working kit, all maple shells, and something that can accommodate any style of music (I mostly play rock / pop, but...
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    Best non-percussion samples for Alesis Strike Multipad?

    Perfect. Thanks so much for the info!!
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    Best non-percussion samples for Alesis Strike Multipad?

    Ahhh...thanks, @bpaluzzi. I had no idea. See? Total noob. I'll dig into Garage Band and see how I can do that. Assuming I have to export the sounds in some fashion? To .wav files and then import into the Alesis? Forgive the ignorance.
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    Best non-percussion samples for Alesis Strike Multipad?

    Awesome. Thanks, dtk! I was looking at getting some recording software anyway (I figured I'd upgrade from Garage Band), so that could be a great solution. I'll check it out. Appreciate the tip!
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    Best non-percussion samples for Alesis Strike Multipad?

    Hi all, I'm a total electronic drum newbie, have always played acoustic, but now own an Alesis Strike Pro SE kit (thanks, Covid) and most recently purchased the Strike Multipad. My goal is to use the multipad as more of an instrument, not a percussion table, to create instrument loops and...
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