90s/00’s gretsch broadkasters

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Hey all, picked up my first gretsch kit a few months ago, a 12/14/18 gretsch broadcaster, the kind with the weird gunmetal hardware. Unfortunately the seller neglected to mention that it had a. 12x10 rack Tom and a 14x12 floor tom rather than more normal depths, which I somehow didn’t pick up on from the pictures.

Anyway - I’m thinking about trying to flip it and was wondering if there was any useful info about kits from this era that would be good to know. I know they’re jasper shells but nothing beyond that.
 

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what color are they? Pick up a 9X10 and set it to the right of the 10X12.

there's nothing particular to know except that have a pretty much sterling Rep in the aftermarket (FB groups etc) and there been Brian Blade yt vids (using them) and Malone has a vid


there's a thread here

I have the Pricelists they were in;
They were the Last Series with USA in the badge (suspect all metal parts were still last of USA source)
and...

I bought in 2010 (12 years ago) from a Gretsch Dealer that shipped straight from the Gretsch Vinyard NOS to me
SWR
14X18 9x10 10x12 12x14

that I keep and wouldn't trade for the love of money
I highly suggest looking for a matching or unmatch color 9X10 and turn it into a 5 Pc Power BeBop Monster because.

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that's what they are.. (mine above.
All my sound with them, is here

https://soundcloud.com/jda56%2Ftracks
(I installed the brackets on the toms) I'd seriously look for the 9X10 before bailing on them. You have the bebop/Williams bass with modern deep but compact power toms; that's a match made in 21st century gum/maple Heaven


there's a 9X10 6P gunmetal BK single (black) on reverb this very moment

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other than that I don't know too much about them ; )


power toms on top of an 18" bass - in the real world- kill. in multitudinous ways;
 
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and... (lol) there's "still parts" from Gretsch factorvinyard:

I recall seeing the set you have on Reverb (was either walnut or rose satin)
Need the 9X10 to balance sonically the deep 10x12/
then, you're in 'like Flynn.
 

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20 some years ago I was offered 2 complete NOS kits with 18 kicks. I believe in the 6-700 price range each. If offered the guy $1000 cash tax title out the door and he almost did it. They had been setting on the floor for like 2 years.
 

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he must have been having a Fire sale (and burned the building the following day)
USA Gretsch even back then unheard of at that price. He would wholesale dealer cost be losing $ 350 each at least
 

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He was a different type guy but he liked me because I always had cash. He always called me on old stuff. He died in a terrible wood cutting accident that was his fault, he was on a ladder with a chain saw.
 

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He was a different type guy but he liked me because I always had cash. He always called me on old stuff. He died in a terrible wood cutting accident that was his fault, he was on a ladder with a chain saw.
This didn't go where I expected.

JDA, mine is in the same colourway as yours. Great condition, though I've had a lot of trouble getting the floor tom to tune well. everythings straight, but it has the branded broadkaster coated head on the reso. Kind of wondering if the branded heads are of a lower quality? both on the floor tom reso and the bass drum reso they seem to be a bit more tuning unstable than the normal coated ambassadors that I have on the batters.
 

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Kind of wondering if the branded heads are of a lower quality?
No. They're the best)

I put three/brackets/legs/on my 12X14)
(and 9020 bracks. on the 10&12)

same color is SWR satin rosewood) on your tag inside) (?
Those heads are great.
The 12 needs a 10 next to else the whole set sounds "low"
That's difficult..
You have the twin tom post (?) so a 10 is possible.

It has to be a 5 piece with that monster 10x12- which is a beautiful sounding drum- just not the old Philly Joe- knock knock-

It's a different modern age - need the 10 ---but don't get discouraged.

Get some Legs
that's sorta mine; take 1/2" diam. leg

That settles the 14.

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I threw the INDE drilless leg / lug mounts on it. Kinda wondering if thats causing some of the tuning weirdness. Still leaning towards trying to sell, I feel like the sizes on the toms prevent me from getting the sound im looking for (rack tom has too much low end even when tuned, high, and floor tom not enough when tuned high haha). The extra 2-3 inchs somehow makes the drum seem so much bigger? the diecast rims really add to the perception.
 

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Awesome kit. I do prefer 8x12 but 12x14 is fine. The house jazz drummer at the local Hyatt has this kit in burnt orange and I've sat in...the bass is amazing and a gorgeous looking and sounding kit!
 

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Sounds like you’ll likely never be quite satisfied with them to me ……
 

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that's (the pic) is a 9X10 they have something in error' add one of those; add a dbl tom mount; and you won't regret it


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even color in description is off ; that's SWR in picture)

Last series with USA in the badge)

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another one
 

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that's it I can't take no more..

 

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O No another one..


Buy the 9 X10 off him..
 

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O No another one..


Buy the 9 X10 off him..
First one is mine
 
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(I know)
I don't see the Original heads there.. hmm?
 


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