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My “new” old Ludwig Rockers mongrel kit. Ugly and beautiful at the same time. These kits sound great and sell for cheap as they aren’t as sought after as 60’s or 70’s Ludwigs. Suits me fine.

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Important message from Mike Johnston.

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catalinaclubjazz:

Just added a Gretsch logo decal to the bass drum head on my kit. Love it!

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Proof that the Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz kits sound really good. Some fantastic playing here as well.

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Gretsch Catalina Club Classic

I’m excited about this as I’m a fan of these kits. New for 2013 in the Catalina Club line is a kit with a 20” bass drum as standard. Gretsch did offer a 20” in limited quantities in their Club Jazz series but the finshes were underwhelming IMO. 12/14/20 in Copper Sparkle? Yes please!

They are now also making the Club Rock with a 24x14. It seems Gretsch is listening to those of us who just don’t have the space for monster long kicks. Let’s hope this is a new trend that sticks.

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This is such a great solo. Radar rules!

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Drum keys, drum keys everywhere!

I picked up a pack of Evans wingnut drum keys today so I thought I’d do a quick review. It’s just an 8mm wingnut on one side and a drum key on the other but what a great idea! Why not have your wingnuts pull double duty? There’s always a drumkey within easy reach and they look kinda neat too. I put them on my Gibraltar flat base stands which have a couple of drum key-operated adjustments so it’s nice to have a key on the stand itself if ever I find myself otherwise without one. Though I’ll admit that almost never happens to me but it’s nice to have in case.

They come in packs of 3 and sell for about 8 or 9 dollars. So if you’ve lost a wingnut or two these are a great replacement option.

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Snare Drum Addict

This is a great and informative blog run by drummer, Mike Tarrani.

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Here is a shot of my Catalina kit with a Gibraltar shell mounted cymbal holder. It usually sells for about $40. I installed this recently as it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. All you need is a drill with an 8mm (or 5/16”) bit and you’re ready to go. The bracket comes with a rubber gasket that you can and should use as a template to mark the holes for drilling. I just taped it to the shell and drilled through the holes in the gasket. I like the bracket down at about the 3 o’clock position (from the drummer’s perspective) but wherever you put it make sure it doesn’t interfere with other things like lugs, spurs, etc. It’s also a good idea to start with smaller holes and work your way up to the proper size and drill slowly to avoid splintering on the other side.

The holder itself is simple but works well. It does wobble a little when a cymbal is mounted on it but it doesn’t slip. If you think this may bother you, you may want to stick with a stand. See my post on Gibraltar’s flat base stands below if you’re into the vintage look. Those are great and can hug your bass drum really closely.