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Gretsch 16/12/14/5.5x14" Jazz Legends Satin Maple Vintage Build
See a video sound file for these sizes HERE.
Steve has developed the new Jazz Legends series. This series is designed to celebrate the 12x16 bass drum sets used by Elvin Jones as well as Art Blakey. This Gretsch USA Custom kit has been ordered from Gretsch and will be in within about 12 weeks (circa March 30th). You can reserve this set now, so call us! Gretsch did in fact make sets with this size bass drum upon special request, and Elvin used one in 1965 live with John Coltrane in Indianapolis, Indiana (see the photo). Elvin's kit in the photo was starlight sparkle. Very few original Gretsch 16" bass drums have ever surfaced. We're now offering these Jazz Legends kits both with and without the snare drum and in standard build out as well as full vintage build out. This set is full vintage build out which includes the following:
12x16 BD: Rail consolette; vintage spurs; vintage T rods, padded claws
8x12: Tone controls top and botom; vintage diamond bracket for 9.5mm L arm for rail
14x14: Tone controls top and bottom; vintage diamond FT leg brackets
5.5x14: 10 Lug Lightning strainer, snap in key holder, batter side tone control.
Satin Millenium Maple finish. Price for the 4 pc 8x12, 14x14, 12x16BD and 5.5x14 10 lug snare with Lightning strainer is $2940. Price without the snare is $2400. (Can substitute Microsensitive strainer if desired, just let us know when you call). And, each set comes with a copy of Rob Cook and John Sheridan's recent book titled "The Gretsch Drum Book", which has an entire page dedicated to the 16" bass drums and this is a superb publication for any Gretsch enthusiast! $40 value is yours free when you order the kit.