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by Chet Falzerano

eBook Gretsch Drums: The Legacy of That Great Gretsch Sound epub
  • ISBN: 0931759986
  • Author: Chet Falzerano
  • Genre: Photography
  • Subcategory: Music
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Centerstream Publications (December 1, 1995)
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • ePUB size: 1606 kb
  • FB2 size 1340 kb
  • Formats txt lrf mbr lit


So much for the legacy of "That Great Gretsch Sound". Mr. Falzerano, THE authority on Gretsch Drums, has written a wonderful book giving the history of the Gretsch Drum Company, and featuring interviews with many Gretsch endorsers of the past

So much for the legacy of "That Great Gretsch Sound". 20 people found this helpful. Falzerano, THE authority on Gretsch Drums, has written a wonderful book giving the history of the Gretsch Drum Company, and featuring interviews with many Gretsch endorsers of the past. Great graphics, photos, and quality paper.

Written by Chet Falzerano, a contributor to Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, and Not So Modern Drummer magazines, plus the books Guide to Vintage Drums and Star Sets. 46 people like this topic.

Written by Chet Falzerano, a contributor to Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, and Not So Modern Drummer magazines, plus the boo (Percussion). This tribute to Gretsch kits features full-color photos and interviews with sensational players like Louie Bellson, Jimmy Cobb, Chuck Flores, Phil Grant, Jake Hanna, Elvin Jones, Don Lamond, Charlie Persip, Dick Shanahan, and others. Centerstream Publications.

Speaking of those days in Chet Falzerano’s book Gretsch Drums, The Legacy Of That Great . In 1967 the Gretsch Company was sold to The Baldwin Piano Company, and operations were moved to Booneville, Arkansas

Speaking of those days in Chet Falzerano’s book Gretsch Drums, The Legacy Of That Great Gretsch Sound, Bill recalled, We manufactured musical instruments-many of which were for the government-during the day, till 5:00 . Then I set up a night shift to work till 1:00 . making wooden parts for gas masks. But Bill’s wartime tenure at Gretsch didn’t last long. In 1967 the Gretsch Company was sold to The Baldwin Piano Company, and operations were moved to Booneville, Arkansas. Bill remained with Gretsch and had plant manager and sales manager roles during his tenure with Baldwin/Gretsch.

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This tribute to Gretsch kits features full-color . Written by Chet Falzerano, a contributor to Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, and Not So Modern Drummer magazines, plus the books Guide to Vintage Drums and Star Sets.

This tribute to Gretsch kits features full-color photos and interviews with sensational players like Louie Bellson, Jimmy Cobb, Chuck Flores, Phil Grant, Jake Hanna, Elvin Jones, Don Lamond, Charlie Persip, Dick Shanahan, and others. Videos and Sound Clips. No multimedia for this product. Back to Top. Sheet Music, Books & Recordings.

Gretsch Drums is an iconic American drum brand manufactured in Ridgeland, South Carolina. For more than 130 years, our award-winning company has been providing "That Great Gretsch Sound" to drummers around the globe. Gretsch Drums is an iconic American drum brand manufactured in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

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Gretsch Drums - The Legacy of That Great Gretsch Sound - Chet Falzerano Centerstream Publications This tribute to Gretsch kits features full-color photos and interviews with sensational players like Louie Bellson, Jimmy Cobb, Chuck Flores, Phil Grant, Jake Hanna, Elvin Jones, Don Lamond, Charlie Persip, Dick Shanahan, and others.

(Percussion). This tribute to Gretsch kits features full-color photos and interviews with sensational players like Louie Bellson, Jimmy Cobb, Chuck Flores, Phil Grant, Jake Hanna, Elvin Jones, Don Lamond, Charlie Persip, Dick Shanahan, and others. Written by Chet Falzerano, a contributor to Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, and Not So Modern Drummer magazines, plus the books Guide to Vintage Drums and Star Sets .
Comments: (4)
Dawncrusher
If you're a fan of Gretsch drums and want a one-stop source for the company's history, this book is the only game in town. There are lots of cool photos and it's always great to read the insights of musical legends. If you read this book, you can learn a lot. That said, it could have been MUCH more.
The first concern is that author buys into the myth that the only good Gretsch drums are old Gretsch drums. Since the company has used the same shells, lugs, and rims for the past 40 years or so, there's really not a heck of a lot of difference in sound between a drum from 1965 and one from 1995. An objective observer would also probably have to admit that the lacquer finished drums from the 1970s look a lot better than the older drums wrapped with generic plastic sparkle or pearl wrap. In recent (as in the past twenty) years, the company has made, with varying success, efforts to modernize its mounting hardware and cymbal stands. Despite this, the book only spends about a dozen pages on the last thirty years of the company (and those pages aren't very complimentary).
This book also gives superficial treatment to the fact that Gretsch is a somewhat "unusual" company. How is it that the drums have high levels of craftsmanship and very expensive parts, but seemingly absurd design flaws (I recently saw a drum technician struggle to fit a standard head on a mid 1970's brass snare - all the time cursing how they were ALL like that). When Gretsch had its offices in Ridgeland, South Carolina, the building was nothing but a fairly modest (I don't dare say dumpy, but some might) warehouse with a sign that looked as though it had been amateurishly hand painted on surplus plywood (if I didn't see it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it). What was up with that? Nowadays, even the drum magazines comment on the company's reputation for notoriously bad customer service. It's almost as if Fred Gretsch doesn't care if he ever sells another drum. Heck, you have to PAY to get a catalog. What's up with that? Does Fred Gretsch have a plan? Is the sales volume and profit margin of the imported guitar line going to eventually lead to the demise of the American-made Gretsch drum? Anybody who knows about Gretch knows about at least aome of these things. It would have been very interesting to read more about them.
Finally, you don't get a lot of book for the money. Thirty five bucks is a hefty price for a paperback with less than 150 pages. Did the page size make the book more expensive? It couldn't have been due to photo rights - most of the pictures come from the author's personal collection (but I give credit where due - there are some fantastic photographs here). I'm not making a quantity over quality argument here, but how can Jay Scott put an extra hundred quality pages in his book on Gretsch guitars, but charge the same thing? The potential buyer should know that the steep admission price gets you a book that's thinner than the average issue of Vogue. I guess the worst part of it is that the author probably knows (and could have written) enough to fill a LOT more pages, but chose, for whatever reasons, not to share the information with us. So much for the legacy of "That Great Gretsch Sound".
Mildorah
There's a myth going around that old 1960s Gretsch sets sound fantastic and are better than the new Gretsch 125th Anniversary bop and jazz kits because the wood in the older drums has aged. Well, now let's just think about this for about three seconds-- Those great sounding drums Tony Williams played with Miles were new Gretsch drums; they weren't 30 years old at the time. Personally I would rather shell out the bucks for a brand new Gretsch bop kit than get one from the 60s and probably have to pay nearly as much even IF I could find one at all, let alone one with a nice polished wood finish rather than red sparkle or black diamond pearl. Regarding the book, rather than spending $35 here I'd rather put the money in an envelope marked "125th Anniversary Progressive Bop Kit."
Daizil
Mr. Falzerano, THE authority on Gretsch Drums, has written a wonderful book giving the history of the Gretsch Drum Company, and featuring interviews with many Gretsch endorsers of the past.
Great graphics, photos, and quality paper.
Thanks Chet!
komandante
I have read and re-read Chet's book with great pleasure. I'm actually new to the Gretch world and really appreciate the effort he took in recording this rich history.
Now that I own a Gretch kit, it's sort of like being plugged into the lineage.
The "best" issue referred to in the first two reviews (see bottom of thread) is in the ear of the beholder.
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