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Need Some Help Identifying A Vintage Gretsch Set

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You absolutely should keep them the way they are . That kit is in nice shape and just needed you’re love cleaning it up . For the record if mine were in as nice shape and the wrap wasn’t falling off I would have just cleaned them up and sold them . Again , nice job you are doing . Great score . Note : don’t sell them learn how to play them .
I am absolutely keeping them!! I've fallen in love with them. Can't let them go now.
 

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You can apply a faux patina to that polished badge with a brown sharpie.
 

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16" floor tom is done! This thing sounds huge!

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I also cleaned up the tom mount bracket. I had to break out the power tools to get the rust off this one.

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All that's left now is the bass drum!
 

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Round-badge Gretsch are one of the grails of vintage collecting. That is an unbelievable gift you've got there. Mixed/matched or not, they all fit together and will make an awesome studio kit.

It's amazing what people have and don't know it, only to discard them. That would have been a shame; instead they are saved and will live for another 60 years.
 

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It is DONE! I did realize I'm missing the 90 degree adapter to connect the cymbal arm to the bass drum so I'll need to locate one of those.

Also, there are two holes remaining in the bass drum. There is no imprint there so it looks like nothing was ever installed in that location. What is supposed to go there?

I still need to get a snare stand. I also have the original Zildjian cymbal. I'll upload a picture of it later on.

Mystery holes:
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Finished product:
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(drop two carriage bolts in the "extra" mount holes; (carriage bolt, nut. washer) add a little "chrome" glisten.
Those two holes are further apart that a Gretsch Diamond plate (like the cymbal arm's) huh.. Must have had a non Gretsch part there +/-

 

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(drop two carriage bolts in the "extra" mount holes; (carriage bolt, nut. washer) add a little "chrome" glisten.
Those two holes are further apart that a Gretsch Diamond plate (like the cymbal arm's) huh.. Must have had a non Gretsch part there +/-

The interesting thing is that there is no mark or discoloration in that spot so I don't anything has ever been installed there. I would think there would be a slight imprint in the wood if there was anything there at any point. It is strange! Carriage bolts would definitely work there. Thanks for the idea!
 

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see the impression right and left in the stamp? ; the 'A" team will be here soon; Weigh it

looks like 2273g from here ; ) or 2434g
 
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Also, will the kick pedal hold the bass drum up so the lugs don't hit the floor? And will the kick pedal come with a way to mount to the bass drum? As a non drummer, I'm a bit confused on the hardware side of things. Thanks!

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The interesting thing is that there is no mark or discoloration in that spot
hateto speculate (that rhymes) was there any impressions anywhere? set may have been pearl
Also, will the kick pedal hold the bass drum up so the lugs don't hit the floor? And will the kick pedal come with a way to mount to the bass drum? As a non drummer, I'm a bit confused on the hardware side of things. Thanks!

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yes absolutely an old But nice Ludwig Speed King would be appropopopo

See the lift/clearance with an any pedal->

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Here is a better picture of the logo. The stamp measures 1 and 1/8 inches measured top to bottom:

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And I got a sweet deal on these that I couldn't turn down so I splurged a little and bought them.
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Here is the cymbal I got with the set.

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I'm still working on cleaning it up.
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Guess we missed the chance to say in advance that we don't polish vintage cymbals. Ever.

That said, you did a great job on it! As a matter fact, great job on the whole kit!

What's the diameter on that cymbal? If it's above 18, that vintage in that condition will have quite the resale value if/when you do decide to let it go.
(edit: just saw your closeup shot of the stamp; still nice, but not quite what I thought it was. Carry on — and enjoy!)

Nice score!
 


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