After a few years of relying on an old, pieced-together Roland V-Drums kit, I decided to find an affordable used acoustic kit and ran across this Gretsch Catalina Birch kit at a local pawn shop. I got the whole thing, sans cymbals and some hardware, for about $225 plus tax. I think I got a deal, but the age of the kit eludes me. It appears Gretsch has sold and discontinued “Catalina Birch” kits at least a couple of times throughout its history, and I’m pretty sure this kit is not from the most recent go-round.
I haven’t even played them yet, because I’m missing a hi-hat, ride and crash cymbals and one tom mounting arm. I hope to have all my hardware together by the weekend.
Having “real” drums again is going to free me up to play with other people, something that’s been good for me so far. Hey, I gotta have SOMETHING to do to stay out of Nan’s hair.