Posted by Maisie . on 9th September 2015
I've been meaning to write a blog post about the new Gretsch Broadkaster drum kits for a while now and I've managed to squeeze in some time after lunch to write one! The reason I wanted to write about the Broadkaster series is because, well, I think they're pretty cool! I found out some interesting things whilst I was doing some research and was amazed to see that they have so much history so I thought I'd share my findings with you all!
Gretsch was one of the first brands I was introduced to when I first started working at drumshop (which I can't believe is coming up to 4 years now!) and I think that's one of the reasons why I consider Gretsch to be my favourite drums... Plus the fact that they always look and sound amazing!
I've just finished adding the Broadkaster drum kits to the drumshop website and I'm impressed with what I see so far! There's a choice of 4 colours, two lacquer finishes and two nitro finishes and they come in a number of different drum kit configurations from Modern Bop with a 18" bass drum to the Classic Bomber, featuring an impressive sounding 24" bass drum.
The Broadkaster drum kits also have a choice of different hardware designs which Gretsch have named standard and vintage. All of the Broadkaster drum kits you see on our online website right now are the 'standard' build drum kits, but if you're interested in the vintage Broadkaster drum kit, simply just give us a call. The standard Broadkaster drums feature Gretsch's classic chrome drum hardware such as Gretsch 4946MT tom mounting plate whereas the vintage build has a rail mount consolette with clip mount which adds a vintage look similar to the first Broadkasters.
The first laminated three-ply drum shell was perfected in the 1920's in the Gretsch factory, Brooklyn, New York. These drum shells were constructed without reinforcement hoops and although 3-plys only makes for a thin drum shell, the laminate ply gave great structure and durability so that reinforcement rings were not needed. It was at this point that Gretsch's famous slogan that "Great Gretsch Sound" began to take shape.
The original Gretsch Broadkaster drum kits were constructed from this 3-ply design and became extremely popular. After many years of research and extensive testing, the 1950's Broadkaster was produced with a 'reverse roundover' edge which made the new version Broadkaster the drum kit that everyone wanted... and still wants! ...So it's a good job that Gretsch have brought the Broadkaster drums back for 2015! The modern day Gretsch Broadkasters are still produced with their 3-ply shells, made from North American Maple/Poplar/Maple for a rich, resonant sound combined with pure musical tones that we've grown to expect from all Gretsch drums.
I had a hard time choosing my favourite Broadkaster finish but I think I'm going to have to say it's the Satin Classic Maple Lacquer, which is an unusual choice for me as I usually like sparkles and crazy colourful drum kits! I think this natural looking finish is understated and because the Broadkakster is already a super cool drum kit it doesn't needs a flashy finish to show it off so the classic maple lacquer fits perfectly.
Other finishes that are available are Satin Copper Lacquer, Antique Pearl Nitron and Anniversary Sparkle Nitron, all of which are accompanied with chrome drum fittings.
Thanks for reading and I hope you love these new Gretsch drum kits as much as I do!