Gretsch catalina rock kit,26" kick

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  1. Snooter

    Snooter DFO Veteran

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    Anyone have one of these kits? I am looking at a Bohnam config(13,16,18,22)
    The color is green sparkle. Looks to be in good condition. What are these worth? and are they worth the cash?
     
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    Those green sparkle ones were a Guitar Center exclusive. I remember seeing them in GC stores and thinking they were pretty cool although I never got to play one. I don't recall if they were a "limited edition" of so many but they were only available for a limited time at only one chain of stores so there probably aren't tons of them out there. I don't recall the original price but it was very reasonable, around $1000 I think...I do remember being tempted by them.

    A local mom & pop type music store has the same set in black with silver flecks wrap (like anniversary sparkle) and I have heard it. It sounds very nice for the price and would only sound better with some better aftermarket heads put on it.
     
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    Ludwig had a similar kit called the Accent Custom "Zep Set." The shells were pretty much identical, different lugs and mounts. I owned one---loved the kick and the floors, not so crazy about the 13 or the snare. I never could get the 13 to sound decent---I went through a bunch of head combinations and different tunings, and it never did much more than go "doink" if tuned medium or above or sound like a cardboard box at lower tunings. The snare was pretty underwhelming, too. It was the second "Philippine Mahogany" snare that I've owned (actually Phillipine Mahogany and Juniper), and I couldn't get a good sound out of either one of them. The other snare was from an Accent Custom kit that I had before the Zep Set. I wound up selling them both and getting a 300 and 302 Rocker series Chrome-over-Steel snares. They blew the two Accent Custom snares away.
     
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    A friend of mine has a Accent Zep kit in Green Sparkle for sale for around $600ish. Not a bad kit.
     
  5. TommyWells

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    There is this kit. It has an 18 x 24 bass drum and the 13, 16, 18 toms. PLUS the 10 and 12 toms. They are in GREAT condition. They have good heads on them. They were mine....

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/290608577925?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
     
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    A black sparkle sold here in PHX for about $450 a couple months ago. Early this year a set of greens like you are considering went for $500.
     
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    My best friend has a set of these. They were, as someone else pointed out, a GC limited finish. I would agree 100% with Luddite, everything sounds surprisingly good but the 13" is a real pain to tune. His kit didn't come with a snare, so I can't comment on that. Overall I think they are a pretty nice kit for the dough. My buddy bought his kit new and he paid $800. Hope this helps.
     
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    Tommy - nice kit. How are the edges cut? 45, roundover, etc?

    Thanks.
     
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    The edges are 30 degree factory edges. Not a roundover. The snare drum in this particluar kit has had the inside done with 6 coats of wipe-on poly. Not thick, just enough to seal. And the snare edges have been dressed with a paste wax with hardening agent. I was playing these drums. They are in really good shape. There is a little scratch on the 13" tom, but not visible from a few feet away. Besides that scratch, they are like new. Only, I did play them for a couple of years. They were just never abused. They recorded well, as well as worked on my live rock/r and b gig.

    Because of my storage situation changing and the decision not to hold on to so much stuff, I am selling a few things. This is the last drumset I am letting go. There are a few snares that i am still going to sell, just because I don't need anything that duplicates another. I have decided that I am not a collector, but a player only.
     

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