In this live performance photo, Ben is seen playing his Gretsch Renown Maple Drum Kit. "I ventured into a music store in Manchester to buy batteries. It was like the moment in Wayne’s World when Wayne spots the white Fender strat. But instead of the guitar, it was a Gretsch Renown Maple drumset in a dark-wood finish with a vintage marine strip down the center (12? rack, 16? floor, 22? bass). I’m currently recording with those drums at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales. It’s sounding so good—deep, warm tones and a lot of character" - via [Modern Drummer](http://www.moderndrummer.com/site/2014/05/ben-thatcher-royal-blood-drummer-blog/#_)more
Gretsch Renown Drums... more like buckets filled with gold and "graceful" Dave Grohl power strokes. If you have not played any type of Gretsch set, you need to sell your car and go buy some of these puppies because no matter what the genera of music being played or amount of drums forming this diabolical beauty of a drum set, you feel like the greatest drummer you have ever seen and sound... pretty good... cause we'll never sound as good as our favorite drummer. But soundwise the Renown series is an all around Intermediate/Pro level kit, and with its insane amount of tuning range and drums to choose from... you literally can't go wrong! So go home and beg to your wife about getting another basement because once you try out one of these drum sets, you'll want 14 of them.