Gretsch Renown Gig Report

Rudy Corona

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About a year and a half back, I picked up a "Euro" configuration Renown Maple kit--22/10/12/14 w/legs, 5/14 snare. 1000 bucks brand new. Very nice, great sounding/looking, tune good, feel good. I used them on some rock gigs---nothing to complain about, I'm sold. Anyway, since I do a fair amount of smaller jazz/bop trio and quartet type gigs, I decided to look for a smaller bass drum to add to the mix, as the 18x22 is a bit much for that stuff. I found a 16x20 on eBay and bought it. Last night I took the 20/10/14 set, and the snare (which I REALLY like) to our little quartet job---piano, guitar, bass, and me. The piano guy is not our "usual" guy, but a great player who subs once in awhile with us. He's a bit of a "firecracker"---exuberant and loud, but GOOD loud. As a result, our normal level went up a couple notches, but this let us stretch a bit and really do some old school burnin. I got to lay into the Gretsch pretty hard and I must say: The drums were perfect---I see why the old boppers dug Gretsch---the toms cut and sing, and the bass drum came through with a beautiful warm thump, and a nice note, even with the stock Emad, which I'm still a little "on the fence" with. All in all, a great experience. If you like the Gretsch "thing"----these drums really are a great deal, and they get the job done with ease. Rock On! (or Bop on :smile: )
 

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I have much love for my Renowns. I use to split duty between those and my older Sonors. - Sonors for smaller stages where they might get bumped into, and Renowns for the larger stuff. Now I just leave the Sonors at home. I still love them as well, but the Renowns are just so fun to play.

Putting coated heads on the toms recently has really brought something out of them. I am not going back to clear batters on the Renowns again.
 

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That's the key---They are FUN to play. For whatever reason, these drums feel great to play on. Mine still have the stock (G2) heads, I bet I would love them with coated single ply's also.
 

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I went from the stock clear G2's, to the clear EC2's and now the coated G2's. I need them to last a bit longer than a G1, and the G2 is the perfect head for what I want it to sound like. I don't know what i was thinking with the EC2 - excellent head for the Sonors, but not the Renowns. EC2 with die-cast hoops? Not a great combo IMO.

As a plug for Evans, I have played 3 gigs on them, an extended pre-production session, and they look like new. I thought the coating would be chipped by now. Very impressed.
 

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Rudy,
Great report on your Renown kit. I have my 20,12,14, 14sn Renown kit set up for jazz and light rock with coated ambs. and sometimes Fiberskyns on the toms. I get a very warm but cutting tone out of the toms. On the kick I swaped out the stock Emad for my usual clear PS3 and had mixed results. I ended up going back to the Emad with the thin ring. This kick drum just seems to like the Emad better. I also installed a non ported Fiberskyn reso head on the kick. I did use a felt strip to dampen the overtones and love the kick. The way I have the kit set up provides plenty of versitility and has been one of my favorite kits to gig with.
 

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What's not to like about Renowns? Great sounding, well built, and a fair price! I've owned Renown's, Round Badges, and New . The Renowns were my favorites. Easier to tune, fit standard heads and a better sounding kick then the , lighter, and to my eye, better looking then the NC's. The only reason mine left was that I just couldn't get into the hanging 14" tom. Shoulda popped the bucks and ordered a 16" floor tom. View attachment 96587 View attachment 96588 View attachment 96589
 

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Thanks for all the replies, fellas. I should add that I am not a newcomer to Gretsch, having owned a 60's RB kit years ago, and also spent lots of time behind Dad's 70's Walnut kit. Truth be told, I actually prefer the Renowns to my old RB's----much easier to tune, and the heads fit!
 

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Great drums. Here's a pic of my dearly departed but not forgotten Renown Purewood Mahogany's...
 


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