The G4160 (14x5 COB ), arguably one of Gretsch's most iconic snares, is still 8 lug.Interesting to ponder Gretsch's top line snare drum was always 8L ( 8 lug ) thruout the entire Brooklyn NY era..
Only until the move to Arkansas? did they add a 10L to their Top line snare drums.
Think that's correct. Point being Gretsch may have always thought 8L was top line ...far earlier than what Ludwig is trying to sell now. Or promote now..
That's about the only 'advantage/ foresight' Gretsch had in regard to snare drums compared with Ludwig. But it's 1.
Regular Black Beauties (since 1977) always have been spun seamless just like the Supra. Same process but they start with a flat sheet of brass instead of aluminum. Not sure why the 8 lug would be different. It would be the same process as making an Acro shell only, again, putting a sheet of brass into the metal spinner in place of aluminum.Interesting how he mentioned the construction. I always thought the Black Beauty was,seamless but I didn't know how they actually made it. This makes it sound like the seam is there but they just make it so it's not visible inside or outside.....???
Or if something is gritty. Maybe we need a sticky ? What drum sounds clean ? Or dirty ? Or throaty ? Or pure?I'm often puzzled by the terminology people use to describe the sonic characteristics of drums. "Throaty" is a new one to add to the mix from the Sweetwater video. I think I've got a good handle on how "dry" differs from "bright," but I have no clue what he means by "throaty."