Yeah. Its definitely an oversized shell somehow. I was kind of hoping to hear “they all do that” and give away the jazzy gretsches with a sense of superiority for my rock and roll ludwigs. No such luckRegarding the 13 tom, you should still be able to get it at least somewhat low (in other words, it shouldn’t only operate as crazy high pitched). So perhaps there is an issue with the drum or edges or rims, etc. Your description does not sound normal.
I've had some luck with aquarian american vintage heads on a late 40's somewhat oversized WFL that wouldn't accomodate regular ambasadors. I think Remo does a slightly larger hooped series too. Those might not be available everywhere but any dedicated drumshop should have them in stockYeah. Its definitely an oversized shell somehow.
Yeah, there's your problem I think. It's just too big for the heads you have on it.Decided to try swapping hoop and head with my ludwig timbale. Pulled the hoop off and the head gave a fight to come off the drum. Repeat the process for the reso. Took some measurement and checked it on a presumed flat surface. Its flat and its in round, but its also about 13 3/32 all the way around. This shell was originally a lacquer finish over a walnut veneer. Might need to shave back the veneer or find bigger heads.
You should be the Gretsch Ad-Copy guy …I don't think spending a dime is the answer.
You'll get it solved in time and may never go back to slack drums.
6P Gretsch tolerances are tight everywhere.... add in the Zinc Cast hoop ....and that tom crack/rimshot hit will be heard unmic'd 2 miles away
Clearly. That's the kind a drums they are.
built to resist
Once used to 'the crack' may never go back
they're "clean double stroke rolls and ruffs on the small toms" drums
: - ) yeah. you can cheat.
let the other guy play single strokes.
as a 6P DC Gretsch player your entire set is one long taut snare drum roll lolol ;;;; )
Remo Classic Fit are the heads for an old Gretsch kit you are referring to.Yeah, there's your problem I think. It's just too big for the heads you have on it.
Remo now makes a head with a smaller collar, which means it fits better on oversize drums; sorry, can't remember what it's called. Other companies may make a similar product, don't know for sure.
So, get larger heads, or shave down the outer ply, or cut the flesh hoop on the heads.