I’ve never owned Gretsch’s because they seem rarer and were far more expensive used 15-20 years ago compared to Ludwigs and Slingerlands. The few sets I’ve heard others people play in person have sounded great but they always seemed to belong to guys that like high pitched drums.Issues like the ones mentioned here are reasons I’ve never considered owning Gretsch.
That , and I’ve never played a Gretsch kit that sounded worth a darn .
And the owner of one of the kits let me tune it anyway I wanted as he had just been to my house and heard my kits , he offered to pay me to tune his …
I just could not get them sounding right , they were not too old USA customs .