Drum Heads for Gretsch Renown Toms

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Post Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:10 pm

Hey everybody! I've been using EC2 Clears on my toms and thought they sounded pretty dead on my new Renown kit. I was talking to Tommy Robertson in Austin when I was there on business recently and he said that because of the more blunt 30 Degree bearing edges and the weight of the die-cast hoops I should consider going for a more open sound. I had an unused set of G1 Coated laying around the house and slapped them on. Haven't played out with them yet, but on these drums I was amazed they have a full, round, warm tone with few overtones. Believe it or not it sounded much improved than the sound I was getting with the G2 and EC2 clears!
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:44 am

i played on a gretsch renown at the college i used to go to. it had the g2s on it stock, and after 3 years they were beat to death, but it still sounded great. i got tired of it though, put some old pinstripes i had on it, and it still sounded awesome. the school finally broke down and bought new heads, i had them by ec2 coateds and it sounded great as well. its just one of those kits..that can sound good with anything.
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:29 am

I preferred the sound of single ply coated heads on my Renowns.
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:03 am

I would say change the reso heads if you haven't yet. They had the typical paper thins on my Gretsch. That made the biggest difference aside
from PJ recutting my edges to double 45's.

Right now, I'm using EC2 coateds as batters, Remo Ambassadors as reso's. When I need reso's again, I will most likely change to G1's.
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:52 am

heh GO TOMMY!!! That guy is pure gold.

Seriously, to any one of you: if you're EVER in Austin, at least stop by Tommy's. They don't have the hugest selection of kits I've ever seen in a shop, but they do have a good selection. They have a ton of specialty snare drums and cymbals, tho, and great selection of heads, sticks, percussion, etc. The main thing is the people that work there. They will bend over backwards for their customers. Just amazing service from some really nice folks.
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:18 am

Maple......ambassador batter and reso

Birch......Pinstripe batter ambassador reso
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:39 am

SINISTER wrote:Maple......ambassador batter and reso

Birch......Pinstripe batter ambassador reso


Nope
Maple.......whatever suits the style
Birch........^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:06 pm

AmnestysLowEnd wrote:
SINISTER wrote:Maple......ambassador batter and reso

Birch......Pinstripe batter ambassador reso


Nope
Maple.......whatever suits the style
Birch........^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


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Post Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:33 pm

I have a renown purewood cherry, so slightly different kettle of fish, but I have been running generally clear emperors for recording, or clear attack 2 ply medium thins. Kick sounds good with a powestroke fibreskin but cant beat emad with the fibreskin as reso with no hole.

Snare I generally use the cs dot or emporer coated. emporerx bit too much. Genera dry not too bad
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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:59 pm

I tried a coated one ply on my Renowns. Not bad, but a little too thin and bright. I switched to coated two ply. I know that's a lot of dampening for drums that already have such a focused sound, but honestly it's precisely the sound I was looking for on a recording and when tuned up well they seem to ring out just the right amount. Perhaps I'd prefer the one ply in a more wide open space. The clear G2 that came stock served me well and I like the sound, but I like how the coated takes off a little bit of the sustain.

Don't you love these drums?

Hey I'd sure like to see a photo of the Purewood Cherry. :wink:
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Post Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:11 am

The only change I made so far to my Renowns was to change the stock reso heads of the toms. I don't know what make they were, but they couldn't be more than 5 mil in thickness. I ended up putting Evans G1 clears on all the toms. The Gretsch Renowns are great sounding drums.

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Post Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:48 pm

I believe the stock heads are the Evans resonant glass heads. They are thinner than the G1 and make for a longer sustain.
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Post Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:41 pm

I'll see what I can find
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Post Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:50 am

nevermind
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Post Fri May 08, 2009 7:54 pm

The Renown I backlined for a big name opener had EC2 clears on top...gorgeous!