Gretsch Cadillac Green

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That is really, really impressive - both the kit AND the cleaning/restoration!
 

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Thanks guys!! Special mention to Ron Vierra for his work machining the floor tom legs and bass spurs. His attention to detail and work is second to none.
 

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18 20 22 all lined up...just waiting for a logo head and some small parts for a final photo shoot.

Interestingly enough the one Remo head on the kit said Manny's music on it.
 

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Great drums

And the cymbal in that Blakey photo? The rivet holes ? Crazy
 
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Great drums

And the cymbal in that Blakey photo? The rivet holes ? Crazy
 

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I used to contend, the cymbal with all the rivets? was an off-the-shelf Gretsch endorser (if you were in 1950..) cymbal. An A. Zildjian.
-note- not an " Avedis Zildjian".

Gretsch held the 'rights' to the name (and company) 'A. Zildjian'.
'Avedis Zildjian' was (and is/ a USA company.

A,Zildjian (which Gretsch had the imports rights to,) were an off-shoot of the 'K.Zildjian' Turkish cymbal.

Some 'A.Zildjian' pictures of the stamp say Made In Romania on them (memory is being taxed here..)

And..my point... Look at the 'rivet cymbal' in the GRETSCH 1950 (..) catalog. Below)

There it is.

The rivet A, Zildjian.
Note in description it says "made in Constantinople Turkey...)

I think that is what Art is playing there; he didn't take time too much 'picking'. Whatever Gretsch had he used (courtesy of 'picker' Phil Grant-

See 'A.Zildjian Sizzle' in catalog below. The 'coincidental circumstances' are remarkable.
 

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I really dig the floor tom brackets...never noticed those before.

Beautiful work, sir!
 

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Tilter said:
I really dig the floor tom brackets...never noticed those before.

Beautiful work, sir!
Thank you!! Like I learned in the Army attention to detail. The floor brackets might not be the most practical units but they sure look nice.
 

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gretsch should have put them on the current line of broadkasters
 

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I do wonder why some options are available only to one line of US made Gretsch drums vs others. Anyway how about a good before and after set in one post.

Buying the drums was a roll of the dice with poor pictures and description. The original seller had no knowledge of drums so I had to walk him through the process of inspecting, covering my concerns and shipping.
 

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JDA said:
I used to contend, the cymbal with all the rivets? was an off-the-shelf Gretsch endorser (if you were in 1950..) cymbal. An A. Zildjian.
-note- not an " Avedis Zildjian".

Gretsch held the 'rights' to the name (and company) 'A. Zildjian'.
'Avedis Zildjian' was (and is/ a USA company.

A,Zildjian (which Gretsch had the imports rights to,) were an off-shoot of the 'K.Zildjian' Turkish cymbal.

Some 'A.Zildjian' pictures of the stamp say Made In Romania on them (memory is being taxed here..)

And..my point... Look at the 'rivet cymbal' in the GRETSCH 1950 (..) catalog. Below)

There it is.

The rivet A, Zildjian.
Note in description it says "made in Constantinople Turkey...)

I think that is what Art is playing there; he didn't take time too much 'picking'. Whatever Gretsch had he used (courtesy of 'picker' Phil Grant-

See 'A.Zildjian Sizzle' in catalog below. The 'coincidental circumstances' are remarkable.
Thank you. That's cool.

I saw Keltner with Little Village and his Paiste 22 had about 24 in it. I've tried to emulate with this inexpensive Sabian SR2 I bought. I think I put 16 in mine. Clearly not enough.
 

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If I get an offer for what I think they are worth I might sell. For now I will play them.
 

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