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Old 05-26-2011, 03:15 AM
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Talking Gretsch snare help!

Hi everybody!

I found a person in Italy who sell 2 Gretsch snare but I'm not a Gretsch expert and he doesn't know much about them.

He told me that one is probably brass and the other burnished (?) steel.

Can you help me giving some info about them and a right price for them?

Thanks a lot!!!

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Old 05-26-2011, 06:50 AM
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They look like Crystaltone Gretsch snares. One is hammered brass. I have one just like it but mine is 5x14. The other is steel shelled. Although they are not sought after by collectors because they are not vintage they are very good drums. I bought mine in 2004/2005 and it is very heavy and very well made. It's Lightning throw off and butt are very simple but work flawlessly. The sound of my brass drum is what you expect a brass shell to sound like. It's sensitive and tuned down it has that clank you get with a brass drum. It has a warmth that is fun to play and with the die-cast hoops you can do awesome rimshots and it is LOUD. Plus with dc hoops you always get a nice cross stick sound for country and jazz or folky stuff. It isn't my favorite drum but it is a great all around snare. Depending on the price I would say you can't go wrong. It's also prettier in person. The hammering looks to have been done by a machine as they are large, pronounced marks. I always get complimented on it's look and sound. It's very sharp sounding when tuned tight. Think Stewart Copeland ala Spirits in the Material World. It has good bite and no one will complain they can't hear your snare. I use a thin bottom head and an ambassador on top and it is good for any style and is a versatile drum. I wasn't sure about Crystaltone at first. They are made overseas I believe but they are very high quality.
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:09 AM
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Default Re: Gretsch snare help!

The guy sell them at 150 per piece. It's not too much for a snare..
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:35 AM
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I would pass on the steel shell but definitely get the brass. If you don't like it you could get as much for that on eBay. If you are looking for a steel snare too then go with that as well. I have never played their steel snare but I am sure it is awesome too.
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Gretsch Nitron Glass New Classic 2010 8/10/12/14/16/22
Yamaha Cherry Wood Recording Custom 1987/2005 8/10/12/13/14/16/22
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Gretsch wood finish 1959 5x14/13/16/22
Slingerland Radio King Capri Pearl 5x14 Radio King
Gretsch Silver Sparkle Catalina Club Bop 2008 18/14/12/10/5x14
Gretsch Silver Sparkle/Black Stripe Catalina Club Mod kit 22/10/12/16

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http://www.snaredrumsonline.com/gret...hrome-on-steel

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Gretsch wood finish 1959 5x14/13/16/22
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