Gretsch Renown Maple - Any Users?

Cuban

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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.
Thanks
 

AgDrumma07

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



There's no competition...the renowns are WAY better than Catalinas.
 

tero

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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.
 

eml

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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.
 

audiotech

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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.









Dennis
 

Cuban

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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
 

audiotech

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Cuban":3iqiam7u said:
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.

Dennis
 

Cuban

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Thanks for those comments Dennis, very interesting to know.
Do you happen to have any sound samples of the snare?
 

AgDrumma07

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audiotech":25ciz29q said:
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.









Dennis
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!
 

Gretschman1

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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.
 

Cuban

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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
 

Gretschman1

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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.
 

kansasdrummer

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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.
 

Cuban

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kansasdrummer":3kdu4483 said:
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)
 

kansasdrummer

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no problem. if i remember correctly, the renown maple is the top of the line gretsch set made overseas. its the equilvilent of the US Maple or whatever they call it, but half the price.
 

Cuban

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kansasdrummer":3811gr8o said:
no problem. if i remember correctly, the renown maple is the top of the line gretsch set made overseas. its the equilvilent of the US Maple or whatever they call it, but half the price.
Interesting to read that as I was being told the the Renown kit was one of the American kits rather than from China?
Can anyone confirm where the Renowns are made?
 

audiotech

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Cuban":3azg6taj said:
kansasdrummer":3azg6taj said:
no problem. if i remember correctly, the renown maple is the top of the line gretsch set made overseas. its the equilvilent of the US Maple or whatever they call it, but half the price.
Interesting to read that as I was being told the the Renown kit was one of the American kits rather than from China?
Can anyone confirm where the Renowns are made?
Taiwan.

Dennis
 

kansasdrummer

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The renown kits are made in china. But ive sat behind one many times. It sounds great. But if you dont want to put down 1500 on a china made kit. Look into medicine man custom drums. For a lil more, you can have a great american made kit!
 

drumbeast72

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I know I am a little late on this discussion, but I have both a renown maple and a catalina birch kit. I love them both equally but two totally different sounds. My renown are a limited quantity yellow nitron (oyster)finish and a 5 piece. They are prety much the best drums I have ever owned. They sound amazing live and in the studio. I always get compliments on the look and sound. I got them for a steal 4 years ago and would recommend them to anyone.
I bought my catalinas (carribean blue) because they were a steal used. Paid $350 US for a 6 piece kit and I was really shocked at how great they sound. I mainly bought them because I needed a bigger set for a different project and t the price I didnt care about gigging with them. If something happened to my renowns on a gig I would be really upset. So, I know they are two different woods and the difference between birch and maple, but IMO Gretsch makes great drums all around. A friend bought the catalina maple set and I dont think they sound as good as the renowns, but still pretty dang good for the money. GOod luck. Hopefully you got them by now.
 
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