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Gigbag: November 2001

Whitney Penguin Set

Drummers interested in getting a fat, loud sound can flock to Whitney’s new Penguin series drums. Handcrafted from European birch and American maple, the drum shells increase interior volume while reducing the overall size and weight of the set. Internal 7/8-inch tom mounts and isolation hangers improve sustain and resonance. The kit sets up quickly as a result of the compact Egg Basket mounting system, and it tears down just as fast. The natural finish is pictured, but the drums also come in penguin colors: black and white.

Gretsch Custom Plus Snare

Long-time Gretsch endorser and one-time Frank Zappa drummer Vinnie Colaiuta recently asked Gretsch if they could make him a snare with a thicker wooden shell. That’s cool, Vinnie, but Gretsch is going to make them available to everybody, OK? The new Custom Plus snares are all handcrafted in the USA and feature a shell 25 percent thicker (a full 3/8-inch thick) than the standard Gretsch snare. Vinnie likes a 5-inch x 14-inch, 8-lug snare, but Gretsch makes them available in 4-inch, 5-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch depths as well.

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