This is a phenomenally rare Gretsch Round Badge Bop Kit with a factory original, custom ordered 14x16 bass drum. Original Black Nitron wrap, average use wear including scuffs, scratches, pitting, etc. All shells are 6 ply Jasper with silver painted interiors, toms and snare have early 4 digit tags, bass drum is pre-tag. All drum interiors have a thin coat of lacquer over the silver paint, which we believe was done by a NYC drum shop during the 60's, as we've seen the same thing in 3 other vintage Gretsch bop sized sets from NY area professional drummers.
14x16 bass drum is NOT a converted floor tom, it has original Gretsch bass drum edges, and no evidence of ever having had the lugs moved. Also, the original Round Badge era thick 3 ply bass drum hoops would not be possible to fake. The original inlays were very tired, curling, faded gold sparkle...we have replaced them with original 60's Gretsch silver sparkle, and will include the original inlays with the set. At some point, the original owner installed a Ludwig post mount on the bass drum, in order to be able to raise the mounted tom higher, but thankfully did not drill any extra holes in the small tom. We have covered the extra holes on the bass drum with a piece of vintage black nitron wrap.
This set was well known among Long Island and NYC area drummers, as it was a house rehearsal set for many years, originally purchased on the recommendation of Elvin Jones, who himself was using a 16" bass drum at the time (see photo of Elvin playing his 16-12-14 RB set with John Coltrane). Heads fit without a problem, and the drums sound truly amazing, very resonant and alive. We have never seen another Gretsch RB bop kit with a factory original 14x16 bass drum for sale...don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 21 May, 2011.