Every note has authority with Jerry(I would extend this compliment to your own 2 and 4!) . Saw him at a small club once and was blown away. I'm actually on a track with him that was done for a local charity back in 95 or so. My former guitarist is his neighbor up in the Woodstock, NY area.Yes. I bought it after witnessing in person Jerry Marotta kill on a studio session. Huge and commanding sound he had.
You got that right! I have a great Gretsch Central kit made for me by Sam Bacco. It's a square badge kit, so I guess it's from the 80s. It had the spring ring bad. I read about stuffing lugs here, so I went to do that one weekend, and ended up having to throw away most of the lugs because the screws wouldn't go back into the threads! That pretty much did it for me and vintage drums.Scary story about the impound. Was that Yamaha RC kit the one in Julian Cope's "World Shut Your Mouth" video?
By the way, I can clearly hear the springs on my 80's Gretsch. I haven't recorded with them, but I imagine many Gretsch lugs had that issue. The danger is that some of them were assembled with self-tapping screws, so once you take them off....whoops. Never a dull moment with old Gretsch hardware.
I feel like now that I have played for a long time and have gotten tuning down, I have realized that I can get a good-great sound out of most kits that I have owned/played. Now it is more about finding and keeping the gear that "speaks or connects" with me the most. I have always played kits with a lone 10" up top or 10" & 12" racks. now that i am a little older, my favorite kit is my Tama Granstar II with a 12x11 rack tom. I have had countless kits and many way more exotic or high end than this Granstar but this one currently speaks the most to me. Wish I would've known that sooner in my gear quest, but I'm sure I'll be adding more drums even though I know this is my "sound."Like most of us, I regret selling off that first kit. It was really great and I paid almost nothing for it.
However, for me to realize this, I had to take this journey of learning, owning other kits, playing all kinds of music, living in various situations.
In the end, I guess I don't really regret selling off anything, because had I have stopped at any point during that timeline, I would've robbed myself of the opportunity of learning from the next kit I owned.
These day I'm dealing with owning multiple kits. The pluses and minuses. First time I've owned more than two kits at the same time.
Like Life itself, its all a learning experience.
Yes! I have a Beech CA snare (7x14") in the same WMP finish. Would love to have the whole kit someday. I do have the standard Beech Custom in blueberry, and I think you are right—it's the perfect middle point between the maple, birch and oak.That is the Beech Custom Absolute. THE perfect mix of the Maple, Birch and a touch of Oak.
I just recently acquired a Tama Granstar II kit and it sounds insane. I use it for everything and it can do no wrong. It does remind me of Recording Custom kit but with slightly more brightness/attack.Yes, my Granstar and Recording Customs were similar -- I'm thinking it's because of the birch shell.