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Old 07-14-2021, 03:30 PM
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Default Anyone remember the Gretsch Birdland kit that was discovered....

...years ago in a little, old lady's attic...It was in excellent condition and all the hardware was gold plated....Also had all the original cases, sticks, etc.....AND...last but not least, it also came with a complete matched set of old K Zildjian cymbals with the original paper labels under the bells! They looked unplayed -like a time capsule find!

I think it went for a ton of money and I'm not sure if the cymbals were sold separate of the kit or not...

Anyone?
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:42 PM
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Hey O-lugs! I definitely don't remember this, but would like to know more about it if anyone here as information.

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Old 07-14-2021, 04:04 PM
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Yeah, it kind of caused a stir in the vintage drum community, so I'm sure someone will chime in on it...eventually. I'm going to try and Google it a few more times to see if I can pin it down.
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Old 07-15-2021, 07:24 AM
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Default Re: Anyone remember the Gretsch Birdland kit that was discovered....

I remember it, but not that detail. It was quite the find, and was jealous. Love my Gretsch set. The only great find I've found is a clear Ludwig Octaplus set, mint, with older Zildjians. Decent price, but what the heck am I going to do with an Octaplus set?
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Old 07-15-2021, 07:56 AM
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Default Re: Anyone remember the Gretsch Birdland kit that was discovered....

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I remember it, but not that detail. It was quite the find, and was jealous. Love my Gretsch set. The only great find I've found is a clear Ludwig Octaplus set, mint, with older Zildjians. Decent price, but what the heck am I going to do with an Octaplus set?
Sell them to someone who really wants them. Hopefully, there will be at least two people who will get in a bidding war for them.
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Old 07-15-2021, 06:02 PM
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Default Re: Anyone remember the Gretsch Birdland kit that was discovered....

is this the drum set?

https://www.revivaldrumshop.com/blog...n-birdland-kit
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Old 07-15-2021, 06:04 PM
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Default Re: Anyone remember the Gretsch Birdland kit that was discovered....

They seem to be everywhere, yet only 12 were made?

https://reverb.com/item/20239046-195...inal-excellent
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Old 07-16-2021, 10:28 AM
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Default Re: Anyone remember the Gretsch Birdland kit that was discovered....

I'm not sure without the background provenance story in the description. I had no idea there were even twelve of these kits. I thought there was maybe just this one I'm referring to. I clearly remember pics of everything -the canvas bags, the old sticks and pedals...everything. But the best part was the cymbal set! All of them had the original paper tags under the bells and they were immaculate. I'm almost sure the kit went through Steve Maxwell's hands (Or maybe he even owns it)....but the story was incredible.....Something about the guy was a drummer, went to the war, got injured or didn't come back....the drums sat in the attic for decades...something like that.
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Old 07-16-2021, 03:21 PM
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Default Re: Anyone remember the Gretsch Birdland kit that was discovered....

Steve Maxwell has them in his "curated vintage museum".

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Old 07-17-2021, 08:40 AM
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Default Re: Anyone remember the Gretsch Birdland kit that was discovered....

I vaguely recall a Caddy Green set that popped up on Ebay around 20 years ago and eventually sold for $15K. Is that the one?

I think this is a picture I saved from that auction...
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