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Old 09-14-2009, 12:46 PM
dschrammie dschrammie is offline
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Hey everyone. So I'm the new guy. I just received my inheritance this past weekend and found this forum while researching info on my "new" set.

It's my grandfather's set that he purchased in 1939, an original Gretsch set (still have the original receipt, "outfit no. 8184, $100"). I don't know much about it really. It took me a while to even figure out how some of it was supposed to go together. All of the heads are orginal calf-skin heads...the only one that was broken was the bottom head of the snare. The kick pedal is an original WFL Speed King. The hhat pedal/stand is still surprisingly smooth. The kick is 28x14, toms are 12" and 14" and have "permanent" bottom heads. I don't know what the snare is made of...I'm guessing mahogony. It's darned heavy. There's a stamp on the inside of the snare, 43. Don't know what that means either...guess I'll have to look into that a little.
The cymbals are mostly Zenjian. There are a lot of rumors about this brand and I'm going to have to do a little more research to find what's true and what isn't. They're all paper thin and I'm amazed they're still intact...I can't imagine they'd last more than 2 strikes by today's style of playing.













I'm really quite pleased with the overall condition. To my knowledge my grandfather just kept it in a closet for all these years.

I guess my next step from here is to find out how I go about getting it professionally appraised for insurance purposes.

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Old 09-14-2009, 04:01 PM
Altar Drums Altar Drums is offline
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Sounds awesome!!! Can't wait to see some pictures. There's quite a bit of knowledge flowing through these members and I'm sure you'll get some feedback soon...

from one newbie to another in the vintage realm...
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:04 PM
dschrammie dschrammie is offline
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Hey Altar, thanks for the welcome.
Are the pics not showing up for you? I have them in the post...though I noticed earlier today that they sometimes showed up, sometimes didn't.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:46 AM
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No actually, the pics aren't showing up for me... hmmm. I had trouble a few times too trying to post pics and it was because they were too big... once I shrunk them down it worked ok.

Kinda surprised nobody else has chimed in yet about your set... maybe Monday night football had everybody glued to the big screen...
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:24 AM
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Okay, let's see if that works. They're thumbnails now, clicking will give full size.

Yeah, I was wondering why nobody had anything to say...maybe kind of vain, but I'm really quite proud of them and like showing 'em off. Hopefully the pics work now.
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:55 AM
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WOW! How neat is that!

Congrats are due, indeed!
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:07 AM
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I dont know much about vintage drums but i do know those are pretty sweet congratulations!
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:12 AM
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very cool the permanent bottom heads have me intrigued too....
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:53 AM
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Beautiful condition. Classic pre-war look. Just 1 year older than me!
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:08 PM
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Amazing! Those are in fantastic shape. Nice-looking set.
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