80's Pearl G/M series in Emerald Forest WoodDye-10x8, 12x8, 14x10, 16x16, 18x16, 22x16, 24x14
80's Pearl G/M series in CherryRoseWine WoodDye-12x8, 13x9, 15x12, 16x14, 18x16, 24x14
80's Pearl G/M series in factory Walnut Lacquer - 14x10, 18x16, 22x14, 26x14
PDP Birch - 10, 14, 22
I wonder if Gretsch will ever do the Renown Purewood LE kits again? It's be cool to see some again with maybe some exotic woods that aren't as typical with drumsets. Since DW owns them and has access to all types of woods around the world It'll be interesting to see the DW influence on Gretsch products in the future
Bring Back Z series for Zildjian? What's the A Heavy series, then? Oh, because it has an "A" instead of a "Z" on top of it in ink, now it's inferior product?
All of the popular Z cymbals are now A heavy. It's been that way for a couple of years now. And with the Kerope and Avedis lines being released as of late, our penchant for heavy metal plates for cymbals is just not there. Move on. I do agree to bring back the Oriental Classic China, and big (20-22") chinas in A and K series, however.
Here's what I'd like to see from Yamaha in particular. coming in two weeks:
Yamaha still has a snare drum problem. The RC snares last year was a start, but needs expanding. The sensitive series needs to return, or call it whatever if you don't want it to be the old name again. Snares in maple and birch, 5.5 and 6.5x14, 6.5x13 in maple. Available in all of the finishes offered in AMH and RC. Bring the price of the drum DOWN with Dynas standard, and charge accordingly for Al Diecast hoops, though it won't be much lower because the RC brass and steel snares have Dynas as standard. But I have a feeling many more drummers would buy a maple snare with Dynas and $100 less out of their wallet, and still have a great workhorse snare. I see many sensitive series snares from the Sakae days still on ebay and in online shops and they haven't sold them, because why pay $587 when they especially don't look like they cost that much??
add an AMH snare size (or two), a 7x14 Live Custom, and two sizes in an RC birch snare (5.5 and 7x14, like steel shell). This "one snare only per line" thing, especially from a company that once offered so many options and sizes of snare drum it could send you spinning, just won't do anymore. I'd say make a PHX snare, but the market is so small for that line, it wouldn't matter either way.
Finishes... I keep reading that comment over and over. I honestly don't think it will move the needle much if they offered more finishes. What I think should happen is integrate the 10 AMH and 4 RC finishes (yes, black and walnut are both the same, so 12 finishes) and add a few more, say 3...like Antique sunburst, a blue sparkle of some sort, and say apple sparkle or gold sparkle fade. Then make it so all of the lines are able to be made into any of those 12 finishes with their appropriate hardware.
I also think that they made a mistake when they priced the RCs above the AMH when everyone expected it to be below (as Japan MCA was above RC back in the day). I don't think Yamaha was expecting big sales from these kits, and continue to push the blended wood kit as much as they can without alienating the diehards. It is also their 50th anniversary, so big things are anticipated for Yamaha this year. Here's to hoping they bring it.
Gretsch: Renown Walnut 10-12-14-20
Mapex: Meridian Maple 12-14-18
Yamaha, Tama, snares
Zildjian, Sabian cyms, VF Sticks
I think Yamaha was a real disappointment at last years NAMM. They "brought back" the RC- but to me, that wasn't really exciting- there already IS an RC. And the fact that they priced so ridiculously, made it even worse. YES! to a better variety of snares, and YES! to more finish options! They also need a line of drums to fill the gap between the Stage Customs and Live Oaks. Hopefully they really show up this year!
More finishes could be great though. But not as muchs as the 50+ they had. Because that didnt that much well either.
More snares are maybe welcome if they work. They had the great Maple Custom Sensitive and now the Hybrid (this even in more sizes) Mega versatile snares (imo the MC, MCS and MHC snares are the best out there) but why bring out snares if people don't buy them?
Yamaha Drums | Lignum Drums | Zildjian | Vic Firth | Remo | Roland | Porter & Davies | Hardcase | Drumplates | Ears4U | EXA Ltd.
I am back in the market for a good wrapped kit... when I get one I am going to put a mount on the kick... these look good!
When you drop a drum putting it into the case!!