Gretsch Renown Maple - Any Users?

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Post Fri May 08, 2009 11:34 am

Hi

I'm looking to buy this kit but it is currently on a massive back order in the UK for what I want.

So before I pull the trigger I am looking for any reviews, either personal or from magazines on the Renown Maple. I assume the magazine's have covered it, can anyone tell me who and when?

Also, has anyone played both the Catalina and the Renown - any comments, feedback etc?

Hope someone can help.
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Post Fri May 08, 2009 7:45 pm

I backlined a Renown kit last fall. Gorgeous drums with an even better tone!

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There's no competition...the renowns are WAY better than Catalinas.
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Post Sat May 09, 2009 3:41 am

Thanks AgDrumma07. :)
Hopefully a few other users out there?
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Post Sat May 09, 2009 4:08 am

i don't own one, but i had the chance to try them at a gig. I was impressed. they had evans g2 heads and they sounded amazing. had a fat tone and a very nice resonance.
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Post Sat May 09, 2009 12:34 pm

I'm buying a Catalina Maple this summer, bang for the buck anyone? I can't afford a high end kit, but I consider the Catalina a huge upgrade compared to my worn out Swingstars. I'm super impressed by them, even though I've yet to experience them first hand.
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Post Sun May 10, 2009 7:40 am

I've had my Gretsch Renowns several months now and have absolutely no regrets. They sound great, have great resonance, easy to tune and more importantly, keep their tune. I never played the Catalina series, but I have played the Gretsch "New Classics" and "USA Customs". The Renown kit sounds amazingly close in all aspects to the Gretsch USA Custom series. The Renowns come stock with Evans G2 clear batter heads.

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Post Sun May 10, 2009 7:56 am

Thanks Dennis, a really beautiful set! 8)
It looks like you kept the snare, which I am told is a weak link - are you happy with it or any plans to change it?

Another Sabian fan too I see, is that a HH 22" Power Bell Ride among the HHX?
The cymbals simply dwarf the Kit! :D
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Post Sun May 10, 2009 9:37 am

Cuban wrote:Thanks Dennis, a really beautiful set! 8)
It looks like you kept the snare, which I am told is a weak link - are you happy with it or any plans to change it?

Another Sabian fan too I see, is that a HH 22" Power Bell Ride among the HHX?
The cymbals simply dwarf the Kit! :D



I really don't believe the snare is a weak link. A lot of drummers feel that if the snare doesn't have 10 lugs per side, it's inferior. The Gretsch Renown snare is the same quality maple as are the other drums in the kit. I presently have 5 snares and positively believe that the combination of woods, or type of metal, heads and especially tuning will give you the sound that you desire. I actually purchased the snare after buying a majority of the kit a few weeks earlier. I replaced the heads on the snare the very day I got it putting an Evans Power Center Reverse Dot for it's batter and a Hazy 300 snare head.

My right side ride on this kit is a Sabian HH 21" Raw Bell Dry ride, beautiful sounding cymbal.

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Post Sun May 10, 2009 9:44 am

Thanks for those comments Dennis, very interesting to know.
Do you happen to have any sound samples of the snare?
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Post Sun May 10, 2009 9:47 am

audiotech wrote:I've had my Gretsch Renowns several months now and have absolutely no regrets. They sound great, have great resonance, easy to tune and more importantly, keep their tune. I never played the Catalina series, but I have played the Gretsch "New Classics" and "USA Customs". The Renown kit sounds amazingly close in all aspects to the Gretsch USA Custom series. The Renowns come stock with Evans G2 clear batter heads.

Here's a few pictures.

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Wow those are gorgeous! If I got a Renown kit, it would be similiar sizes...8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24

No snare though, I have too many!
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Post Tue May 12, 2009 8:38 am

I have the exact same set 8,10,12,14,16,22 and have been playing it for over a year. I have played vintage Ludwigs, Slingerland, Rogers, Sonor, and Pearl (in the late 80's). This has to be my favorite set.
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Post Tue May 12, 2009 10:05 am

David
Thanks for the reply, that is music to my ears!
I read you switched snare and use a big black, did you try the Renown and move on - any reason?
Thanks in advance
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Post Wed May 13, 2009 10:00 am

My kit (Shellpack) came from guitar center without a snare. I got them to throw in a Pearl Chad Smith snare and I worked with it for a few months and decided I had rather have a Brass shell snare instead of steel.
So I swapped for the Big Black. I also special ordered a 16" floor tom. I have heard good things about the Renown snare, from what I understand the die cast hoops make the 8 lug configuration more than adequate and provide a fatter tuning range.
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Post Wed May 20, 2009 1:09 pm

the college i attend has had this set for the past 4 years ive been there. but has the suspended floor tom. When they first got it...man, that thing sounded beautiful. It took major convincing for them to put new batter heads on after 3 years. But they finally did, but with the worn out resonant heads it still doesnt compare to the sound it had when it was new. I talked them into replacing all the heads on it before next semester, which will be of my choosing. The snare that came with it sounds pretty good, still has the stock heads on it. I dont know why, but they bought a pearl piccolo snare along with that set. it sounds good, but the stock snare sounds better in my opinion. Ive played a catalina set, used to own one actually. It was decent, but the renown blows them out of the water.
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Post Wed May 20, 2009 1:35 pm

kansasdrummer wrote: Ive played a catalina set, used to own one actually. It was decent, but the renown blows them out of the water.

Very pleased to hear you say that. 8)
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