Simple solution, buy a Gretsch Renown kit in 13/16/24 and the same finish and combine the two.Which would you prefer? A better drum kit in sizes you’re not crazy about or a drum kit in sizes you really like but it’s a couple notches down in quality?
Specifically, I have a Gretsch renown in 10/12/14/22 but I’m not a huge fan of the sizes of the drums. There is a Pork Pie Lil Squealer kit in 13/16/24 and those are my preferred sizes. I usually play the Gretsch with just one rack tom so the difference there doesn’t mean much to me. They’re both at similar prices because the Gretsch has some cosmetic issues going on. I’m leaning heavily towards keeping the Gretsch since it’s just better quality overall but the smaller floor tom is my biggest issue. I really love the 16” size and they’re hard to come by used in the Renown series.
But how about you? I don’t necessarily mean this particular scenario but in general...would you sacrifice some quality in build and material for preferred sizes?
I have a Renown and a Catalina and would not recommend mixing the two (I mean, beyond just for fun). They 'feel' a lot different to me, although I love both. Different hoops, different hardware, different shells, different sound...oh man I’d love that. It’s a money thing for me though. I bought my current Renown set for $600 because it has some cosmetic issues. Just scuffs on the finish and I don’t care about that all. The Pork Pie I’m looking at is also $600. I’d have just bought a 16” floor tom for the Renown but they’re like $450 new and they don’t come up used often at all. I’ve been looking though. I even considered grabbing a Catalina maple 16” floor tom but I don’t feel good about that idea.
very true, I sat down behind a back line Percussion Plus kit awhile back that had new emperor heads on the 13-16 toms and they sounded great.Unless it is a complete piece of crap,most drums will tune up fairly well with quality heads.
So if I was in this predicament.I'd choose the preferred sizes to higher quality kit.
Are we talking about just the shells?
Because hardware is a totally different deal and cymbals would be an even tougher decision.