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So, I have a coated ps3 batter and fiberskyn diplomat reso on my mid 60’s 20” round badge kit, both classic fit and I’m not digging the sound!
How do you have yours tuned?
It sounded better with the super tight original Gretsch logo reso head with a felt strip.
I cranked everything down to get it to seat the best I could then backed off. Using a drum dial the front head I got to an even 85, then the back was around 82.

I seems crazy high but it maintains the low end and has that punch you would want out of a 20”

No pillows or anything, just the Pratt. I think it sounds better wide open tho

It makes my 22” Brooklyn sound like a flavorless thud with no life to it
 
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So, I have a coated ps3 batter and fiberskyn diplomat reso on my mid 60’s 20” round badge kit, both classic fit and I’m not digging the sound!
How do you have yours tuned?
It sounded better with the super tight original Gretsch logo reso head with a felt strip.
Do you bury the beater? This kick sounds a lot better when I let the beater bounce back.

I am used to burying it personally so I’m learning to adjust to how this drum needs played
 

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So, I have a coated ps3 batter and fiberskyn diplomat reso on my mid 60’s 20” round badge kit, both classic fit and I’m not digging the sound!
How do you have yours tuned?
It sounded better with the super tight original Gretsch logo reso head with a felt strip.
If it helps, I had issues with the BD drum staying in tune with the collars cut on the Fiberskyn and PS3. Ended up putting a clear PS3 and coated ambassador both classic fit and it sounds great
 

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Figured I would post these since the kit is complete now!

Scored a RB snare to match from @KCDrumDad

I am going to take the snare apart and clean it up soon. But here she is with the rest of the kit
 

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Beautiful drums!
Nice job.

Have you been liking how they play?
I love how they play! In fact they are all I play anymore. The only time I touch my Brooklyns is when this kit is still in cases from a gig.

Switching from a 22x18 ported bass drum to 20x14 no port has been the biggest factory. I’ve had to retrain myself not to bury the beater but also to catch the pedal from too much bounce back. It has taken some time but I’ve got it down now.

I absolutely love this kit though
 

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I love how they play! In fact they are all I play anymore. The only time I touch my Brooklyns is when this kit is still in cases from a gig.

Switching from a 22x18 ported bass drum to 20x14 no port has been the biggest factory. I’ve had to retrain myself not to bury the beater but also to catch the pedal from too much bounce back. It has taken some time but I’ve got it down now.

I absolutely love this kit though
Wait til you move to an 18. Just slap the heads on and tension them. No pillows inside or material stretched across the head. You won't need them any more. Lovin' both of mine.
 


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