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Old 05-11-2009, 11:44 PM
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Question sonor 2007 or gretsch catalina


ok, i need some help deciding on a drumset. its between the sonor force 2007 or the gretsch catalina ash wood fusion. they both have same size and amount of drums. i like that the sonor has birch wood but i dont really know about the quality of the gretsch. please help me out!
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:38 AM
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Re: sonor 2007 or gretsch catalina


Gretsch Catalina Maple would be my preference. It gives more punch for the money. Birch is more mellow sounding.

Questions:
What kind of music?
What style of drumming?
What is your sound preference?
No additional Information on you user CP. We need more info.

Also check out Craigslist and EBay.

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Re: sonor 2007 or gretsch catalina


Try both sets out if possible and this time I have to disagree with my friend Tainojim I have to go with the Sonor I read somewhere that the best woods are Maple then Birch But I really don't think it's going to matter that much just Sonor has a great name and you get alot for the money especially if you buy on line, I know a couple of on line sellers if your interested let me know and I'll e-mail their names to you. SLINGERLAND
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Re: sonor 2007 or gretsch catalina


i play like pop/punk/alternative. i like to have punch in the drums but you said birch is more mellow but based on what i read it has the punch while the gretsch is kinda mellow and vintage
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:28 AM
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Re: sonor 2007 or gretsch catalina


Gretsch drums bearing edges are cut at 30degrees that gives it a vintage sound I don't think you would be able to tell the difference between Maple or Birch but you may between the 30 degree and the 45degree bearing edge the 30 is more vintage sound if you know what that is.
It's pretty hard to tell. SLINGERLAND
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Re: sonor 2007 or gretsch catalina


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.

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Re: sonor 2007 or gretsch catalina


Drum Lover, you also mentioned about not being familiar with the Gretsch line. If you go to Gretschdrums.com, you'll find all the information there.

I'm not pushing the Gretsch line on you, just giving you more info.
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Re: sonor 2007 or gretsch catalina


i really like blink-182, greenday(their older stuff), nirvana, and simple plan. im fourteen and iv'e been playing for about 4 or 5 years.
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Re: sonor 2007 or gretsch catalina


Good choice on the old bands. Those were some of my sons favorites, their adults now.

Here's the scoop directly from the manufacturer:

Catalina Club:
Gretsch Catalina Club

Catalina Maple:
Gretsch Drums Drums

They do however make other drums with the 30 Degree bearing edges but thats for the Renown and the Custom, those puppies are high end drum lines and very costly. Catalina has the 45 Degree bearing edge and are a great drum line.

Bottom line, you should go to a drum shop for comparison on both Sonor and Gretsch. All we can do is give you our opinions and some advise. The final choice, is yours.

Seems like you got some homework to do before you decide. I will admit that I'm not familiar with the Sonor line. So click on the links above and I wish you luck on your decision. Don't forget to post some pics when you get your new kit.

Happy Drumming.
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Re: sonor 2007 or gretsch catalina


Hey Jim--All Gretsch series have 30 degree bearing edges. The only thing Gretsch makes with a 45 degree edge are snare drums.... Just an FYI...
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