Hello GoodRock, Welcome to the site. I am a newbe here also. My first drum set was a 1968 ludwig
fab four kit. I was 12 yrs old. I have been playing on and off for my most of my life. Didn't play for about 12 yrs, got back into the drum seat just a few yrs ago with a band of older players such as myself (56yrs old) just to get the rust out. It took me about a year to get my chops back somewhat and, now I am a little more comfortable playing. It was fun, we played car shows, and any type of benefits. Gretsch
makes good equipment. I ended up playing yamaha
, I didn't know too much about them or other kits, the price was right, but they seem to be ok. Have fun playing again.