Brian Blade's 16 inch Gretsch Bass drum

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Did gretsch custom make 16 inch bass drums in the 60's? I always assumed it was a converted floor tom until I saw these pictures.... It's got such a cool vibe. So beautiful.

 
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They are like hens teeth but they are for real.More will chime in on this that know more than I.

I never saw it but one was lurking around a town about an hour north of me. This was pre cell phone /cameras days but a good friend of mine saw it.He said it ended up going to Ned I.I called and offered this guy like $100 (keep in mind this was over 20 years ago)but I believe he said Ned gave him $200-300for it. Hind site is always 20/20.
 

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Has he got a trio of rivets at the base of the bell in his main ride ??? Man is he a tasty player or what?!?!?
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It's a converted 16x16 floor tom. I know the guy that made the kit for Brian, here in NYC. There were a handful of 12x16 and 14x16 RB bass drums made, however. I have an original 12x16 shell, hoping to make a kit out of it soon.

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Wow, thanks for the info Bill. They did a fantastic job on brians, It looks original. Okay, now I need to get my hands on an aqua satin flame 16 inch tom to match my kit. I want to do the same. Santos, thats a cool looking drum. You know, im sure you painted the shell, but it almost looks like a velvet wrap on it. How cool would that be?!
 

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Wow- thanks for the video. Such an inspiring drummer. He inspires me to look for cool sounds off the beaten path.
 
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Love them Gretsch BUT, I'm diggin what looks to be a 1920's 6.5x14 Ludwig NOB All Metal Separate Tension snare drum! I have a thing for those bad boys! That's makes my day to see Blade with this drum, he is one of my all time favorite drummers! :notworthy:

 

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There are (2) 12 x 16 factory Gretsch USA bass drums at Fork's. They use them in the bass drum pedal area, to test pedals.... :shock:
 

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I'm a little confused by this thread. Anyone know exactly what depth this bass drum is??
 

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bizrad523 said:
Did gretsch custom make 16 inch bass drums in the 60's?
...yes, on a special order basis...

...since 2009, gretsch has made available a 16x14 bd (usa custom series)...

...since 2014, steve maxwell has made available a "jazz legends" kit that features a 16x12 bd (to replicate the 1960s special order bd's)...
 

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Brian Blade = Bad @ss

I read that was a 6.5x15 two piece Ludwig - anyone know for sure?
 

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Hard not to smile at Mr. Blades' expressiveness and enthusiasm as he plays...a joy to behold.

Beautiful set as well, I love that finish.
 


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