Getting a modern workhorse kit, which one should I go with?

Which one should I go with?

  • Stage Custom

    Votes: 33 57.9%
  • Catalina birch LE

    Votes: 3 5.3%
  • Something else, propose!

    Votes: 21 36.8%

  • Total voters
    57
  • Poll closed .
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Different hoops and I think the shell recipe is a bit different. I’ve had both and prefer the USA Customs as I think they have a brighter tone and a sharper attack. To me the Brooklyns were a bit tubby and bland by comparison.
One thing I would do is call Gretsch and see if the Brooklyn’s would except the die cast hoops .
 

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Stage Customs, no question!
No doubt. I had the 20/12/14 in Amber. The built quality is 1st rate, the mounting hardware is rock solid and the bass drum sounded like a cannon, even with the stock heads.

Other than new heads on the toms, the only change I made was to add triple-flanged hoops to the 12 and 14" toms (batter side only).

Last I checked, add on toms are still out there and reasonably priced.
 

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I’ll go get this for you ….Bop sizes

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You're only problem I see @Jazzhead is asking other drummers" their opinions.

YOU SHOULD know- when, where, how, when, which way, How soon, what time of the day, you want to go.
If you don't don't go stand pat till sure and ready

Never ask on the internet

Trust your self to know
that's the only way to go



ha! now there's good internet advice! Old school
you don't want to listen to schmucks you barely know
even if you did know them ..even if they all were your brother-in-law at one time or another..
Go with your (own) Gut

Don't listen to nobody
They ain't up there with ya when you're on stage
Only You know You

make your own mistakes
Make your own victories
you'll be better off
 
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I was leaning towards SCs but man catalina birch getting no love.
The color looks awesome. I just scored a Renown FT in black that I will make a micro bass. I think the Renowns would be nice, but I'd look for used in good shape.
 

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Fair enough. Everyone has opinions that are valid based on their own perceptions, and yours is because you have played both. That said, I (and apparently more than a few others) continue to recommend the Stage Customs. And, like I said, for their normal (18, 20 & 22 + diameter) bass drums I find them less than optimum, but cannot argue with the sound, quality or value. The Hip kit, though, is one of my favorites. Would not trade that one for much more expensive kits.

I get it and I respect your opinion.
 

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You're only problem I see @Jazzhead is asking other drummers" their opinions.

YOU SHOULD know- when, where, how, when, which way, How soon, what time of the day, you want to go.
If you don't don't go stand pat till sure and ready

Never ask on the internet

Trust your self to know
that's the only way to go



ha! now there's good internet advice! Old school
you don't want to listen to schmucks you barely know
even if you did know them ..even if they all were your brother-in-law at one time or another..
Go with your (own) Gut

Don't listen to nobody
They ain't up there with ya when you're on stage
Only You know You

make your own mistakes
Make your own victories
you'll be better off
Truth !!!!!
 

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where's that Guy that can't decide on Color for his drums he's gonna get same treatment

Only You Know You! Be You
 

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Barton makes some good options too. Rogers-style lugs. Traditional sizes. Light weight. Good sound.
 

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So I'm a big Yamaha fan, but what's wrong with the Catalinas that nobody would vote for them yet?
 

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You're only problem I see @Jazzhead is asking other drummers" their opinions.

YOU SHOULD know- when, where, how, when, which way, How soon, what time of the day, you want to go.
If you don't don't go stand pat till sure and ready

Never ask on the internet

Trust your self to know
that's the only way to go



ha! now there's good internet advice! Old school
you don't want to listen to schmucks you barely know
even if you did know them ..even if they all were your brother-in-law at one time or another..
Go with your (own) Gut

Don't listen to nobody
They ain't up there with ya when you're on stage
Only You know You

make your own mistakes
Make your own victories
you'll be better off
Agreed!
 
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Do you mean you added die-cast hoops? The Stage Custom kits come with triple-flanged standard.
The stock hoops were 1.6mm and I *thought* they were single-flanged. I added 2.3mm triple-flanged and they seemed to hold tuning better.
 

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Of those two, it's not even a questions. Stage Customs. Since 2005, my workhorse kit has been a Pearl Session Studio Birch. I think the modern Sessions would give you a little bit better fit and finish and more visual appeal than the Stage Customs. That said, the modern Stage Customs have come along way since the late 90s Stage Customs.
 

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There is a nice Tama set and the name escapes me. I of course also say that a workhorse kit needs to be wrapped and not painted. Other choices are good.

Edit: Tama Silverstar. I loved mine!
Actually just checking those out yesterday. Nice looking kits for a really decent price.
 


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