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Old 01-27-2017, 12:12 PM
Pythonman Pythonman is offline
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Default Re: Vintage Gretsch Score

Does anyone know of a repair for the old Lightning strainers like on this drum which will occasionally work itself to the off position when playing? I noticed when I had it off the drum for cleaning that it was very wobbly and loose. You also have to assist the strainer by having a finger on the back of the strainer and on the lever when engaging snares otherwise it tries to go into place very lopsidedly. I can see why Gretsch redesigned this strainer later on to have the lever in the middle now. I don't want to add holes or use a non Gretsch strainer with a plate btw. Other than that the snare drum sounds incredible. Very wide and useable tuning range, tons of resonance and sensitivity and a woody character. I've had three newer Gretsch USA Maple customs that did not sound as sweetly vintage as this. This one sounds like my favorite classic Art Blakey, Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones snare sounds. I do have a fresh set of Gretsch 42 strand snares replacing the factory original and worn out 42 strand Power Snares that the drum came with.
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