Best heads for Gretsch Catalina - 12/16 Toms.

bcrain

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I am first and foremost a Slingerland guy, but just picked up a very cool Gold satin flame Catalina as a " second kit", that I can transport around to jam with some guys. It came with both 22 and 18 kicks and 12 and 16 toms.
Not sure why but I have never been a fan of single ply Ambassadors - which came on the kit. I use Evans EC2 frosted on my Slingerlands, but I am wanting something different for the Catalina. I really don't play jazz stuff...mainly Rock and Blues. Some 2-plys sound too fat, but any suggestions from other Catalina users ( or non- users)
The kicks have Remo Powerstrokes, and I'm not thrilled with those. I play Evans Emad on my Slingerlands and love the versatility of those. I plan to use them on the Catalina too.
Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
 

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I have the new Catalina Special Edition with 22/12/14/16 and a 6.5x14 snare drum. For the toms I put Remo Coated Ambassadors top and bottom on all three of them. (I left the snare totally stock and changed the batter head on the BD for a Remo Coated Pinstripe.) They are tuned for midrange, and zero damping. This video provides an idea as to how they sound. I spent most of my time on the toms, so it may be helpful:

 

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My recommendation would be :
Bass batter - Aquarian Superkick 1
Tom batters - Aquarian Studio X
Tom Resos - Aquarian Classic clear
 

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I really like Evans G12's They work great on sizes 8-16" in my experience. I have only used the coated versions, but they speak clearly on the small drums and still have the grunt on the big toms.
 

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If its a Catalina Club kit,youll be drumhead poor! Lol
Ive had them and thats what happened to me!
Sold em quick!
If not a CC,Emps are my go to heads.
 

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I have a Cat Club in 24/12/16 and I've used (always coated) regular Ambassadors, Vintage Amb, and Vint Emps, all with coated Amb on the reso. I think my favorite is the vint Amb on the 12 and the vint Emp on the floor tom. I also gave a couple coats of polyurethane to the inside of all the shells and that really helped give them a bit more definition.

For the kick I have an Aquarian SKII on the batter and whatever Aquarian reso comes from DrumArt.com. For a while I used a felt strip on the reso but eventually wanted an even more open sound so I pulled it.
 

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Had a Catalina Club in Walnut Glaze...Beautiful Finish in 12, 14, 18"- Had it for about 6 months, was using it for Weddings, American Legion Events, Ballroom gigs, and the like. Used clear Ambassadors for the Reso's on Toms and for batters I started with Coated Ambassadors and Clear PS3 Kick batter and the drums never projected well. I couldn't really find the sweet spot tuning the toms. Changed to 2 ply coated, 2 ply clear, EC3's, Vintage Ambassadors......Still not happy, sold it and got the DW Design Series Frequent Flyer which sounds great with Coated Ambs and Emps.......Heard a Catalina Maple kit at a jam recently that sounded real good. Different from the Catalina Club ......Good Luck with yours, A lot of people are very happy with the CC's.
 

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12" sounds great with a coated amb. The 16" floor opened up really nice with an Ambassador x (which only comes coated.) I run a ps3 on my bd battwer side with whatever the front head was that came on it (probably a single ply evans somethingerother) I have a Cat Maple.
 

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Forgot to mention that in addition to the coats of poly I also put iso feet on the floor tom. I have those for every kit I own.
 

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I ended up going with what I have on my Slingerland kit- Evan ECR frosted. I just like tuning low since I play rock and blues...The Ambassadors just didn't deliver for me...they just sounded "hollow" with no depth. My humble opinion of course. Thanks everyone for the input. Great forum here!
 

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If it’s a drum that takes tension rods and your going to play it, the best head is an Evans G2 :)
 

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These drums don't project real well, as was said before... That is the reason I bought my catalina club bop kit in the first place was to play jazz in quieter restaurant environments. I have Remo ambassador heads on my kit and they tune up well and sound really good. When I need more volume I mic the kit up. They sound really good that way as well.
 


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