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In this video I am playing a Gretsch Energy Series 5-piece kit. This kit is a great value for the beginning drummer because you get some nice hardware and cymbals along with the drums. Gretsch has been in the musical instrument business since the 1800’s and are well respected for their sound and quality. Even though these drums are made for the new drummer in mind, they still come with that great Gretsch sound due to the drum shells and their bearing edges. Gretsch wants to inspire you to play and keep improving. If you have a great drum sound in front of you then it sure makes it easier and more fun to get to the next level.
Great Gretsch sound
These drums sport 7-ply poplar shells that have 30-degree bearing edges. You get 7″ x 10″ and 8″ x 12″ rack toms, a 14″ x 16″ floor tom, an 18″ x 22″ bass drum, and a 5.5″ x 14″ snare drum. Plus the nice feature of 5-lug configurations on the 10″ and 12″ rack toms. All of those things add up to that special Gretsch sound. Especially the 30-degree bearing edges. Most drums these days have 45-degree edges. That is by no means a bad thing; in fact, it gets great tone from the right drum. Gretsch typically give their drums a 30-degree edge. Even their high end drums. It gives the drums a bit more warmth to their sound because the the surface area between the hoop and shell is maximized. The sharper the edge, the more attack you get so with the edge a little rounder and a little less angled you get a nice rich drum sound. The slightly shallower sizes of the rack toms are also a nice feature especially if the person playing these drums happens to be a kid, or an adult for the matter, that is not very tall. The rack toms can get set low to the kick drum for a very comfortable set up.
Everything you need
With this package you also get some nice double-braced hardware and cymbals. It comes with a snare stand, a straight stand, a hideaway boom stand, and a chain drive hi-hat stand with a redesigned footboard. The kick drum pedal has been upgraded with easily adjustable beater angle adjustment, a smooth footboard, and a two-way beater. The only piece of hardware that does not come with this package is the drum throne.
You can have a drum set without cymbals, but that is like having peanut butter without the jelly. It’s possible but not nearly as good. With this package you also get a set of Sabian SBR cymbals: 13″ hi-hats, a 16″ crash, and a 20″ ride. The cymbals have a bright shimmer to their sound, and are a nice compliment to these drums.
I have to mention how cool this drum kit looks. It comes with a black PVC wrap that looks great under stage lights. There are also Gretsch mini lugs, a branded ball/socket tom holder, and stylized Gretsch Energy pedal boards.
This Gretsch Energy Series 5-piece kit is great value for the money. It sounds good, and you get everything you need (except for the drum throne) to get playing. The quality, sound, and long history of Gretsch will inspire you to make great music. Thanks for watching!
— Nick D’Virgilio