Gretsch New Classic Bebop Kit in Merlot Sparkle - Usedsku
Used 4 pc. Maple New Classic kit in Merlot Sparkle.
- 18 x 14
- 12 x 8
- 14 x 14
- 5.5 x 14 Snare
Drums are used but overall great condition. Heads are played but still usable. Some light pitting and a little surface rust as typical for a used drum kit.
Great affordable jazz kit.
Stock Info on the New Classic series
The most striking visual change is in the double-post, low-mass tube lugs that replace the much-copied, curvy, die-cast lugs. The new lugs may seem a complete departure but the style goes back to the late '30s when Gretsch manufactured kits designed by Billy Gladstone.
The next striking innovation is the ITS (Integrated Tension Lug Suspension System) for the small toms. It takes advantage of the double-post lugs by slotting in between each pair of posts for secure four-point stability. Unlike many other systems, Gretsch's ITS is sleek and barely noticeable, but still very strong.
The down side is that in order to mount the ITS, there's an 'L' arm tom bracket, which in turn requires a multi-clamp attachment to a cymbal stand. All this is provided, but we can't help thinking that it is not the most elegant solution.
One more nod in the vintage direction is the round brass badge, instead of the octagonal badge. Classic round badge Gretsch kits, particularly '50s and '60s kits, are the ones collectors go for. The new badge invokes the classic badge but bears the words: 'Gretsch New Classic Maple'.
Shells and Sound
The shells are straight-sided with no reinforcement rings, and are made from a maple blend. The implication is that these are not the 100 percent Canadian rock maple of the more expensive USA kits. How much difference that makes is impossible to say, but they don't look any different.
Where Gretsch shells differ from other shells is in the inner coating of matt silver paint and the 30º bearing edges. Most drums have clear sealed interiors and 45º edges. The 30º edges warm the sound slightly, bringing out a little extra depth. What's more, the thickness of each shell varies according to the shell's size. Therefore all the toms have six plies, but the 10" tom is 4.8mm thick, the 12" tom is 5.7mm and the 14" floor tom is 6.6mm.
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