My old 1959 Ludwig
kit was Birch, it kick out allot of punch with the resonator heads off. I haven't tried Sonor
, but I have tried DW
. Now that's a drum kit with real punch. So going to a drum shop would be more convincing on making a decision as The Slinger has suggested. Seems like you're looking for more of a Tony Royster Junior type of drumming sound. Also checkout YouTube on drummers sounding with good recording, not muffled. Only real advise would be to take your time on deciding. A drum kit is an investment and quite costly.
The 30 degree angle is what i like about the Gretsch
, it gives me more versatility within the tuning spectrum as opposed to a 45 degree. Then again I'm a free style jazz drummer type. This style works well with playing pop, rock , jazz, soul, funk, fusion, blues and so on.... My kit gives me that freedom to express myself in every field of music when I need it. Of course tuning them a little different for each style of music.
Maybe if you could tell us what your favorite drummers are and bands, we could probably help you more. Your age would also help and how long you've been playing or just a beginner. There is allot of help available here at the forum.
Seems like you got some home work to do before deciding.