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  1. Registered User

    Join Date
    Oct 2019

    Default Gretsch Catalina Birch

    Hi all,

    New to the forum, thought I best show ya what I'm working with. Gretsch Catalina Birch 6-piece in Carribean Blue (it's green!). She spent far too long in the garage collecting dust. I pulled her out, gave her new heads (the old ones were the originals from the store - from 2004!), and found a cheeky spot at work to set her up (I work in a freight depot). I built a platform out of 4 pallets and some plywood sheets so I can move the whole rig out of the way with a forklift - I keep her on top of our smoko room! Thankfully my boss is also a musician so he is all for it.

    I'm still working with my setup - I'm not particularly tall, so putting things where I can reach them is tricky business. I've left a space for the eventual arrival of a 16" floor, haven't found one yet. I've tried 3 up, but that put the toms too high, and the ride too far away. I've tried 2 up, 2 down, which worked, but left me no room for the phantom 16. I like the 2 racks where they are currently, but love my 8 too much, so this is the compromise I came up with. I also have to get creative with the mounting of things - I don't have a lot of hardware options.

    As for the kick hole - craft knife. Needed to get a mic in!

    Gretsch Catalina Birch, Carribean Blue
    14 x 5? Snare
    8 x ?, 10 x ?, 12 x ?, 14 x 14? Toms
    22 x ? Kick
    (Not sure of depths, will research and/or measure)
    14" Hand Hammered Hats
    16" Hand Hammered Crash
    20" AA Medium Ride
    8" Paragon Splash
    10" Paragon Splash
    19" Paragon China
    18" A Custom Crash
    8" Splash (can't remember details, will update once I get back to work)

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  2. A Passion Play ...

    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Sacramento CA.


    Nice rig.
    Eric G : Pearl,pAiSTe,Remo,Vic Firth,SKB,Roc n Soc,Roland V-Drums. Masters MCX Chestnut fade.
    22"x18",10"x8",12"x9",16"x16". Ian Paice Snare. Why not ...

  3. Registered User

    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    B.C. Canada


    I sense a Neil Peart influence.

  4. Dalmi Joedi - Jedi

    Join Date
    Sep 2003


    I would suggest lowering and/or tilting your cymbals a bit to the lower the possibility of cracking them.

  5. Registered User

    Join Date
    Oct 2019


    Quote Originally Posted by Pearlnpaisteguy View Post
    I sense a Neil Peart influence.
    Strangely, I've never listened to Neil (whaaaaat?), I just have his cymbals and the high tom just makes sense there


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