I bought this set about 3 months ago and I have to agree the kick drum sounds fantastic and the hardware and finish is very nice. As far as tunining the drums, well that is a different story. the 10 inch and my 14 floor tom sound like crap. I tried several different heads and even called the Gretsch tech team, they just sound like crap. I have to use zero rings, moon gel (thinking duct tape as well). If those people who say they sound good can let the rest of us know what type heads I used evans g1 g2 coated g2 and no deal. They sound terrible in a room and when I mic them it just gets worse. Please help if you can, I tried to take them back and they want to give me concidierabley less and they wont sell on craigs list either. If anyone has any tips I would appreciate if you could even email me at email@example.com. I am at my witts end. Other than taking a loss and getting a different brand, not sure what else I can do.
I bought the renown maple set 2 years ago and have not looked back since. I have a 6 piece with 8,10,12, and 14 inch floor toms and an 18/22 bass drum. I bought the autumn burst and I really love the way it looks. I do mostly recording on this set and the sound is incredible.
I purhcased the set from Guitar Center. Actually, I should say I traded a Gretsch Catalina burch set plus $200 for this set. Yup, I got a killer deal, and it came with the extra 8 inch Tom. Best move I ever made! I am currently using a Mapex snare and will be trading that in for a Gretsch snare I have had my eye on.
The sound! The sound! The sound! Ok I stole that from another reviewer, but it can't be said enough. These drums sound incredible. Before I bought them I went to GC and started playing every set in the place. The salesman asked me what I was looking for and I explained I own a Catalina burch and really don't like the sound that much. I told him I was looking for a set that was not to expensive with good build quality and great sound. He didn't even hesitate to walk me right over to the renown maple. He told me to hit the toms and I will be sold, so I did. I was floored at the sound of these drums. Then of course I played the bass drum. Almost fell off the stool. I had played DW, Yamaha, Tama, Pearl, and just about everything else in the store and the Renown maples beat them all hands down.
Another huge plus is, your getting top of the line hardware with these drums at a damn good price. Price a DW set then compare the hardware on the DW's and the renown maples. You will be saving about $2300 with the Gretsch and getting about the same quality hardware. And as for the tuning, I will play my drums just about everyday for weeks, then I don't touch them for 2 to 3 months. When I come back there still in tune and sound incredible. Duct tape? Really?
Top of the line. I am amazed at the quality of these drums for the price. The shells are made from the same wood the USA customs are made from, there just made over seas. The hardware is as good as any other drum manufactures upper line stuff. I have had this set for over 2 years now and I am still amazed at the quality.
But this set!!! That's all I need to say about them. They fit with any style music. I am 47 years old and play all kinds of music. I have been a metal head since I was a kid. I was in the Kiss army when I was in my teens. I play everything from Tool to Disturbed to Earth Wind and Fire to Kenny Loggins to Josh Grobin and these drums sound fantastic with all of it.
One last time........duct tape?? Really???
My drum set color is called "cherry burst". It's just a classic. I've been playing instruments for 25+ years. I play drums, guitar and bass mainly. I'm mainly into rock and jazz. Some of my major influences are Led Zepplin, Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles, Fugazi, The 90 day Men. It would really take me all day to tell you all of my influences - so I'll just leave it at that.
I bought my Gresch Renown kit from Zzounds. They offered the 3 tom - with kick configuration for $1000 even. I thought it would be a good enough start for my first new Grestch setup. I already own a Pork Pie Big Black Brass snare that I won't be parting from anytime soon. I just love the sound of this snare. I bought the Renown maple kit mainly because it blew my previous Tama Superstar out of the water.
The thing I love the most about this kit is of-course the sound. It's just so natural. I have no idea what the reviewer that had bad experiences with this kit could possibly be talking about. The only thing that I can imagine is that his "Grestch Renown" kit is the first kit that he has ever owned and he has nothing to compare it to. I know how it is to buy a drum kit that you can't at first warm up to. Even if you were to buy the most expensive drum kit in the world, it still takes you time to figure out how to tune it to your taste and set it up correctly. Anyways - this drum set is absolutly amazing. This is coming from someone who has owned a few drum sets in the past - including an old Grestch. The sound of this kit is not only amazing - but I just love the size of the drums. Small shells, big sound!
There's nothing I don't like about this kit so far. Ask me in another year or two.
Fantastic. Absolutly fantastic.
This kit is the absolute best drum kit you can buy for $1000-$1500, depending on what configuration you buy and where you buy it. I have played $4000 drum sets that don't match up to this kit. I'm not alone with this opinion either. The guy who turned me on to this kit also agrees with that statement.
Have been playing my Renown Maple for about 18 months and gigging regularly 2-3 times a week.
The Blue Burst finish is fantastic. It generally gets commented on along with the drum sound.
Sizes; 22x18, 10x8, 12x10, 14x14, 14x5 snare.
As we play classic rock covers, including a some by The Who and Deep Purple, it takes a pounding. I have yet to have any of the drums go out of tune while playing and that can be up to three hours some nights.
The only change I have made is to use pinstripes on the toms and a heavy reverse dot on the snare which, by the way, has one hell of a crack to it even though I don't generally use rimshots. It's still sensitive enough to cut ghost notes through.
Bought my kit at Sound Attak in Colchester, UK.
I got it a a reduced price as it was ex-display.
Why did I buy this kit? Easy, the sound!
The sound! The sound! The sound!
Oh yes, and the build quality.
Solid as a rock.
I'd recommend this kit to anyone no matter what style of music played.
I don't think it can be betterd for the money or, for that matter, a gret deal more.