There Are Only 2 Real Kits
(Hartford Ct USA)
Yamaha Recording Custom
As my name says, I am a avid devoted Gretsch drummer, but also a devoted Yamaha Recording Custom drummer...how can that be? Well, i've been a professional drummer/educator, clinician, collector/refinisher, customiser for over 47 years.
I've played every type of kit over the years but only two remain as standards in the industry as the most sought after and played by professionals over the last 30 years.
Also, the most copied and immitated as to be a standard to all others attain to be thats Gretsch and Yamaha Recording Custom.
I know professional drummers, many that you all know also, who are endorsed by other makers but go back to there homes or personnel studios and many many of them own these two kits.
I'm also stating here and now that absolutely it's a personnel choice or reference that each of us has. There nothing wrong with Sonor they are spectacular in there own right, or any other brand but the two that are standard above the rest are Gretsch and Yamaha Recording Custom.
For warmth and that one of a kind sound, and the company that were more innovative than others Gretsch, that great Gretsch sound is no joke it is uniquie their shells 6 ply Maple with Gumwood, their staggerd xyxxyx seams, silver sealer, 30 degree bearing edges, and die-cast hoops and Lugs are a pleasure to tune, so effortlessly and a varying degree of pitches.
Yamaha Recording Custom drums with their Hokido birch wood exclusive to a region of japan, their designer Haggi was so innovative, the first series with a thinner shell black edges called pre yes, or earlier version known as the 9000 series, set the drum world on its heels.
Never before was Birch considered a wood for drums, later they changed again, all have a 6 ply Birch shell using there exclusive Air Seal system for a perfect in round and stay in round shell.
All toms are 6 ply and bass drums were 8 ply, this until 2005 when Haggi reired as their ace Number 1 Drum Engineer/Designer.
Now there are still 6 ply toms but 7 ply Bass drums, they basically changed the formula as xxyxxyxx BD to xxyxyxx, now they're actually using the same configuration as there Absolute Bitch custom line standard or noveau.
Also, what makes these drums sing is that they're also inside the shell finished with a piano sound board stain and lacquer unquie to the process exclusive only to the Recording Custom line.
High tension lugs that aren't damped with gaskets between them and shell so nothing inhibits the resonates or notal vibration of shell. All materials as true with Gretsch are of the highest quality and craftmsanship.
Their metal, works, and plating are done in the same shop were they make their motorcycle parts. Both kits are well engineered and thought out, to be the drummers choice wether playing club dates, concerts dates or recording, they both offer that very unquie sound, and although pricey, they maintain there value much more so than other brands because they endure well.
They can be beat up a little but still maintain that quality of sound. What's needed today in America is for us to make a drummer's playing kit road worthy, less expensive, lighter, and made more for the working club drummer and not just the concert Drummer.
Most of the equipment is still too heavy, and geared for the heavy metal rocker rather than working club drummers. Thankfully both of these companies keep that in mind. And, both offer drums and equipment that's lighter, durable, less expensive, and now offer their off shore kits made in Tailand, Indonesia, and China.
But, because they're off shore does not mean there junk, both offer kits for less money but are well made, their standards are kept to a high degree, their product control sometimes has higher standards to keep, but none the less are great, this unfornuately makes our State side drums very pricey.
Can you tell the difference? Depending on the drums, you can tell, a blindfold test well like yours truely you have to be a purist a real connosier of drums to be able to tell.
(for your reference I was tested by several drummers this test 4 out of 5 I naied it) the one I did not get was a Greatch snare drum next to a Ludwig Snare, chalk it up to age!
So there it is, only my perspective! Good Day!