Brooklyn Walking Tour: Traveling Through Gretsch History Today
September 02, 2014
On July 30, 2014 I had a unique opportunity to take a step back into Gretsch Company history. As a matter of fact, I actually took several hundred steps, as I walked the streets of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn where the company got its start. Along the way I visited several sites that mark the evolution of the company from its... Read More
Fred Gretsch talks about Gretsch die cast drum hoops
November 02, 2009
Why Die-Cast Hoops?
Over the years, I've received a wide variety of questions about specific features on Gretsch drums. Among the most frequent is: Why do you use die-cast hoops?
We fit our drums with die-cast hoops for a number of reasons. To begin with, because they’re precision-cast in a mold rather than rolled from straight bar stock, die-cast hoops are always absolutely round. In addition, their alloy composition makes them thicker and more rigid than rolled hoops. These characteristics help them promote and hold accurate tuning. We've heard stories from drummers who discovered that a tension rod had completely loosened, and yet the drumhead was still held firmly in tune by the hoop.
Gretsch die-cast hoops help our snare drums deliver crisp, powerful rimshots. And cross-stick playing is made easier and more effective by the height of the hoop. On toms, die-cast hoops help produce optimum resonance, warmth, and depth.
Finally, I personally think die-cast hoops add a rich and classy appearance to Gretsch drumkits. Their higher profile (as compared to rolled steel hoops) displays more of their gleaming chrome plating. Put that together with an eye-catching drum finish, and you have a kit that looks and sounds terrific.
Gretsch Marquee Series
New from Gretsch® Drums, the Marquee series delivers explosive,
open tones, professional features and rock solid performance at
an accessible price. Marquee shells combine 7-ply North American
maple with a slight softer maple species that are cut with
classic Gretsch 30-degree bearing edges and fit with 2.3mm
triple flanged hoops.