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Old 02-04-2009, 06:11 PM
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Re: which drum set should i get?


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.... 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.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:32 PM
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Re: which drum set should i get?


I agree, as a matter of fact I gave away my old 1959 Black Onyx Ludwig 4pcs that I got when I was 8, to a Church that my mother went to when I was 25. And I don't even go to one of them. This whole thing is getting off track. Once again, this is just about a young man getting his first set. And asking for an opinion.

P.S. Hi-end or Low-end, it's like a bad mechanic that can't blame his tools for screwing up.
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:34 AM
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Re: which drum set should i get?


Ya, nothing but encouragement drumma90. My only point is you can probably get a really good used kit for less money than new Catalinas or PDPs, leaving money left over for cymbals. I bought two generic toms at a used store for $20 each and they sound huge.

At the end of the day, all that matters is that you buy some drums, take pride in them and have a blast. Be sure to let us know what you end up getting and how you like them.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:45 AM
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Re: which drum set should i get?


There is another solution for beginners that don't have much money, their called pawn shops. I don't trust E-bay anymore since I got burned on a deal once. And once is enough. I don't see them around much anymore. Better than buying something over a picture unless their reputable.
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I'm selling a Yamaha Stage custom if your interested, all birch shells.
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Re: which drum set should i get?


I'm selling not buying. A 9 pcs GretschUSA Custom Maple with GTS suspension Rosewood Lacquer Drum kit DBL Bass with 9 Zildjians. Gibraltar Twin Rack Plus. DW 9002 kicks. And I'll throw in the Ludwig Maple 18" floor Tom. Are you interested.
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Re: which drum set should i get?


Gretsch Catalina Maple = their first foray into the Chinese mfg market. they sound good for the price, but the quality isn't really there.
PDP = overseas DW...probably sound better than US made....can't endorse the "evil empire"
Taye RockPro or ProX....great tuneability (messed with them at NAMM) The StudioBirch were surprising. Everytime I walked by the booth @ NAMM they sounded amazing. I may be selling my Gretsch New Classics to get the StudioBirch. Did anyone see their Autumn Red color?
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Re: which drum set should i get?


gretsch all the way dude thats what i have cataline maple great drums
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Re: which drum set should i get?


what kit are you thinking of moving to?
I also am going for a new kit and would like to know what you think is good in the 1000-1500 range
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