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In my years of playing drums I have played Pearl drums, but 5 years ago I wanted to get a new kit. When I was doing my research on what I wanted to be my sound, who makes a product that is made in the USA, and the most reputable. The one brand that I kept seeing on TV, music documentaries, and multiple artists I have either studied or looked at use Gretsch drums. I worked and saved for 4 years, and I finally got my seven piece Gretsch Catalina Maple kit. This kit has inspired my to play even more, the warm round tones just sing throughout the kit from the 8" tom all the way down to my 16" Floor tom. The wood snare that came with the kit has a beefy crack that just cuts through the sound, and the 22" bass drum has a gut busting boom that you can feel and hear. I could not be happier. I love this kit. Thank you Gretsch for making such a quality product.
The Gretsch Catalina Maple is an overall quality sounding drumset. As a jazz and rock drummer, i find that i am able to tune up for jazz, and back down on the low end for my rock playing. Gretsch has never ceased to impress me, and for a lower price range, it is a very good drum st indeed.
It is very versatile and has a good sound for a budget friendly kit. Though it may not be a top of the line Gretsch kit, it has that original warm Gretsch tone that we all love!