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From the 1920s through the 1950s, the Gretsch flagship drum set was the legendary Broadkaster Series. It featured a thin, three-ply shell and produced what was to be, “That Great Gretsch Sound.” Today, in the Gretsch Drum Factory in Ridgeland, South Carolina, USA, with the help of advanced drum-making techniques, the Broadkaster has returned, bringing with it all of sonic brilliance of its namesake.
Broadkaster toms and snare drums are outfitted with Gretsch’s “302” 3.0mm, double flanged steel hoops. These hoops are similar to “Stick Chopper” hoops used in the 1950s, but are constructed from a heavier gauge steel to stand up to today’s more assertive playing styles. The 302 hoop helps create a more open tone than a die-cast hoop and adds ambient overtones to the overall tonal characteristic.
The Broadkaster kit we have here is fitted with the standard package hardware. The Standard package includes heavy-duty Gretsch lugs, spurs and straight-sided GTS tom suspension typical to Gretsch USA Custom and Brooklyn kits.
Like its legendary predecessors from the 1950s, today’s Broadkaster faithfully produces warm, dense and punchy tones. Thanks to the modern manufacturing advances and finishing technology, today’s Broadkaster has even greater dynamic response and sonic presence than the originals.
Broadkaster shells are made with a North American maple/poplar/maple formula. Each shell includes an interior-ply scarf joint that supplies added structural integrity to thin, musical shells. Like all USA-made Gretsch drums, shell interiors are finished with classic Gretsch Silver Sealer. The shell is hand finished with the exclusive reverse roundover bearing edge, which allows greater surface contact between the bearing edge and drumhead. The result is tone that is incredibly deep and warm.
12 x 8 Tom with Straight Sided GTS Tom Mount
16 x 16 Floor Tom with G4825 Floor Tom Brackets with 12.7mm diameter legs
22 x 14 Bass Drum
Stunning Satin Copper finish
Gretsch G9013 Bass Drum Spurs
Gretsch 4946MT Bass Drum Mounting Plate
Key-style tension rods on the Bass Drum
Gretsch GTH-SLC Single Tom Holder included
Matching wood hoops with Mirror Chrome inlay
Gretsch “302” 3.0mm, double flanged steel hoops on the toms
North American maple/poplar/maple shells
Gretsch Silver Sealer interiors
Exclusive reverse roundover bearing edges
Made in Ridgeland, South Carolin, USA circa 2015
Fitted with original Gretsch Permatone Heads still fitted from new
PreLoved - 9/10 a very well looked after kit in excellent condition.