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Gretsch New Classic Series Bop Drum Kit

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Gretsch recently expanded its New Classic Series line to include a classic bop-style kit. The three-piece shell pack includes a 14 x 18-inch bass drum, an 8 x 12-inch mounted tom and a 14 x 14-inch floor tom. This line’s preconfigured shell packs don’t include snare drums, allowing buyers to choose the size snare drum that best suits their style. Two sizes are offered, 5.5 x 14-inch and 6.5 x 14-inch models. The kit comes in just one wrapped finish, Ivory Marine Pearl. It’s similar to a White Marine Pearl but has a creamy, aged look that’s a bit like a kit that’s seen years of use in smoky venues. I liked the vintage look of the finish and think it complements the style of kit very well.

Like other kits in the series, these drums feature 100-percent maple shells, Gretsch’s low-mass vintage-style tube lugs, Gretsch’s trademark die-cast hoops, a low-profile I.T.S. suspension system for the mounted tom, rounded 30-degree bearing edges on the drums, and their Silver Sealer inside the shells. The shells have “progressive” thicknesses, meaning the larger drums are a little thicker than the smaller drums.

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