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Old 07-11-2014, 12:04 AM
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Default USA Custom arrived today

so some of you know I ordered a Nitron Black USA Custom from Steve Maxwell a couple months back.... well it arrived today and I just wanted to share some porn

my 5th and final Gretsch kit

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Old 07-11-2014, 12:07 AM
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So classy. Congrats, man. Play 'em proudly!
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:21 AM
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There is nothing like the sight of those 4 boxes, I know that feeling. Cool kit. Enjoy.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:38 AM
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There is just something about that round badge that implies awesomeness.

Great looking kit. Don't think I realised Gretsch used a different mounting system on the USA's either.

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You're starting to sound awfully like Bo Eder! :-)
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:42 AM
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You're starting to sound awfully like Bo Eder! :-)
Don't be daft Jules, Tony's only talking single digits ;) ;) ;)

Congratulations my man. I know you'll make them sound fabulous :)
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Old 07-11-2014, 01:26 AM
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You're all set up now. They're classic.
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Old 07-11-2014, 01:56 AM
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Very nice. Classy.
Curious why you went for piano black nitron? Do some of your gigs/contracts demand a certain look?

I like black drums, but they seem to get some negative comments here on DW by some folks.
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Old 07-11-2014, 01:59 AM
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Oh. My. God.

You know who that finish reminds me of, my man.

You are gonna enjoy those beauties!
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:00 AM
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Awesome, I like everything about your new kit.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:08 AM
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That is one badass looking strainer. Looks like a beer tap almost.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:16 AM
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Congrats!

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Old 07-11-2014, 02:24 AM
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Very nice Tony. Classy and Classic black.
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thank you all !!!!

.... Opentune ... I love black drums ....and the silver inlay is the cherry on this sundae to me

the whole idea behind ordering this kit was that it's sort of a tip of the cap.... homage if you will to Tony Williams and the black kit that hey played early on with Miles and it had the silver inlays ..... that kit always made me drool and whenever I listen to him on any of those old records.... even though he is probably not.... in my mind he is playing that black RB kit
legend has it that it was actually Miles' kit

I can't wait to get the stock heads off it tomorrow and get some Ambassadors on it .... this kit is like a dream.... like butter ... and these Keropes sound like they were made for it

this is the kit here....

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Old 07-11-2014, 04:36 AM
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Beautiful kit, I love black drums.
Let us know how the Remo's fit. Some guys have reported problems with fitting Remo heads on new Round Badge kits.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:45 AM
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Drums don't get more classy than that! Like a grand piano, but for cool guys. Congrats on the dream kit, play it well and enjoy!
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:56 AM
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.............homage if you will to Tony Williams and the black kit that hey played early on with Miles and it had the silver inlays ............
I meant to comment on those and like a moron, started typing and forgot too. I thought it was a cool touch and meant to enquire if there was any significance or if it just seemed like a cool thing to do. Given the background story, they look even better!!
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Beautiful kit, I love black drums.
Let us know how the Remo's fit. Some guys have reported problems with fitting Remo heads on new Round Badge kits.
on new USA Customs ?

thats very odd ... never heard anything like that and there should be no problem at all

vintage kits yes... new kits there are no problems

it has remos on it right now
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thank you all !!!!

.... Opentune ... I love black drums ....and the silver inlay is the cherry on this sundae to me

the whole idea behind ordering this kit was that it's sort of a tip of the cap.... homage if you will to Tony Williams and the black kit that hey played early on with Miles and it had the silver inlays ..... that kit always made me drool and whenever I listen to him on any of those old records.... even though he is probably not.... in my mind he is playing that black RB kit
legend has it that it was actually Miles' kit

I can't wait to get the stock heads off it tomorrow and get some Ambassadors on it .... this kit is like a dream.... like butter ... and these Keropes sound like they were made for it
Ahhh I see. ode to TW....right! I should have known.
Now, was just looking at that pic, seems Tony used a snare with 20+ strands. Seemed uncommon for the day no?
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:46 PM
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Ahhh I see. ode to TW....right! I should have known.
Now, was just looking at that pic, seems Tony used a snare with 20+ strands. Seemed uncommon for the day no?
42 strand snare wires were pretty common for Gretsch in the 1960s
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:00 PM
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When I finally get my first (!) Gretsch kit, I will have the nightmare decision to make about a finish. But I've had my eye on Black Nitron for a long time, too.
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:42 PM
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When I finally get my first (!) Gretsch kit, I will have the nightmare decision to make about a finish. But I've had my eye on Black Nitron for a long time, too.
yeah man..... I really don't know what it is about the black Gretsch kit that makes my heart pound.... but it does

most people associate Tony with the big yellow Gretsch but to me it's always the black RB

I kind of have that thing with all my favorite players... I connect them with certain kits from their careers and when I envision them while listening it's always that kit

with Art Blakey its always the burgundy sparkle RB
with Elvin its the black diamond pearl Gretsch kit he used with Coltrane
with Morello its the silver sparkle Ludwig
Max Roach I always picture with the silver sparkle RB because of the cover of Max Roach vs Buddy Rich
for Bonham its the blonde or the green sparkle depending on the tune
Moonie its the black Premier from the Isle of White .... but sometimes it's the red sparkle single bass drum kit when listening to really old Who tunes... :)

silly I know... but just how my brain works

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Old 07-11-2014, 03:56 PM
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I hear ya! The kit Tony played (or who knows, as you said) on those early Blue Notes was not the yellow monster. I love that kit, too, but the kit he was always shown with during my favorite period of his work was the black one. I think about the sound of those drums on Herbie's Maiden Voyage and I get shivers. It wasn't a really high tuning, either. It was its own sound.

I believe Tony owned a yellow in the smaller sizes before moving to the larger kit, too. Like this:

This is probably in the lead for the finish I would go with in smaller sizes. The thing I like about the black finish is it's less obvious what you're going for. I mean, a yellow Gretsch kit is like a blonde Ludwig or WMP Slingerland, you know? Everyone knows why you chose it. I want to pay homage and all, but not seem like a hopeless fanboy (which I am). My only thinking is TW Yellow in 12/14/18 is not as obvious as the big kit with three floor toms.

I need to stop. My OCD is showing :)

Anyway, congrats, man! So jealous.
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Congrats 8Mile! You have a dream kit! What heads will you put on them? (I bought a similar kit but with a 20" bass from Steve and after a year or so, I put on Earthtones).

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Old 07-11-2014, 04:47 PM
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Skulmoski,

The new kit belongs to WhoIsTony?, not me. Unfortunately :)
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Old 07-11-2014, 05:55 PM
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Congrats on the new kit , I see you got the reissue Microsensitive strainer, great choice ! I got it on my Espresso Burst snare and really like it a lot.
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I hear ya! The kit Tony played (or who knows, as you said) on those early Blue Notes was not the yellow monster. I love that kit, too, but the kit he was always shown with during my favorite period of his work was the black one. I think about the sound of those drums on Herbie's Maiden Voyage and I get shivers. It wasn't a really high tuning, either. It was its own sound.


Anyway, congrats, man! So jealous.
yeah Tony never really rocked the suuuper high tuning like Max ....
sometimes it sounded like he didn't tune his drums at al...hahaha... and that added to his unique sound.... his sound on the Jackie Mclean record One Step Beyond

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Congrats on the new kit , I see you got the reissue Microsensitive strainer, great choice ! I got it on my Espresso Burst snare and really like it a lot.
great strainer.... fantastic upgrade from the classic

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Congratulations. I'm jealous.
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on new USA Customs ?

thats very odd ... never heard anything like that and there should be no problem at all

vintage kits yes... new kits there are no problems

it has remos on it right now
Over at DFO there was a lively discussion about it. A guy had bought a few new RB kits and had a hard time fitting Remo or Permatone heads.
My walnut gloss Customs were tight, too. the bd was fine but the 12 and 16 did not like Ambs or Permatones. I ended up with Fibersyn III's, which fit well. And Evans Level 360's fit easily.
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Great looking kit, enjoy.
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:36 PM
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Beautiful kit!!! Congrats!!!!
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Over at DFO there was a lively discussion about it. A guy had bought a few new RB kits and had a hard time fitting Remo or Permatone heads.
My walnut gloss Customs were tight, too. the bd was fine but the 12 and 16 did not like Ambs or Permatones. I ended up with Fibersyn III's, which fit well. And Evans Level 360's fit easily.
Hm.... Never heard that before
I own 5 Gretsch kits and have had no problems
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:59 PM
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Truly beautiful! Where are the black dots?

You might wanna take off those bottom heads too ;)
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Whoa, very nice kit tony! I bet it sounds superb with those keropes
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Truly beautiful! Where are the black dots?

You might wanna take off those bottom heads too ;)
Bo trying to be S4D.... only with the dotted batters and air reso's
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Sticks of course!

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Sticks of course!

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Ah! I was so traumatized by that episode I forgot what that meant!
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You might wanna take off those bottom heads too ;)
So when are you going to "disrobe" your drums? I've not seen any evidence of this yet, but plenty of advising others to do so. C'mon, man or mouse? ;) (probably shouldn't have asked that)
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I will echo the others saying it's classy 'cause that it is. Congrats and enjoy that beauty!
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I will echo the others saying it's classy 'cause that it is. Congrats and enjoy that beauty!
They most definitely are classy
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