Originally Posted by gregbeazley
.... I don't like that it seems PDP's are just cheap DW drums...
Ya, but aren't the Catalina's just low-end Gretsch drums made overseas, just like the PDPs? All the manufacturers have low-end drums and I doubt whether the quality differs that much.
The Catalina's actually are made overseas, but they are Gretch's intermediate line. The Blackhawk drums are Gretch's bottom line set. The Catalina's are fine drums, that will last a long time, and with the right heads and tuning they will sound fine also. Sure there are better sets out there, but not for the money IMHO!!! That being said the PDPs are decently made drums also, not everyone can afford thousands of dollars for a top of the line American made set. Unless you're gigging, and making money with your drums, and can really afford to go the DW or US made Custom Gretch line etc. These intermediate level sets will work quite well for you.