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Gretsch 5x14 Broadkaster Snare Drum-Satin Dark Walnut  From Gretsch Drums

The return of a timeless classic. The Gretsch Broadkaster is back!

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$699.00

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What We Think

The Gretsch Broadkaster brings back all of the greatness that made Gretsch the household name that it is today. Utilizing the infamous three-ply maple/poplar/maple shell, the previous and current version produce what was and is “That Great Gretsch Sound.”

Made in Ridgeland SC, the Broadkaster make use of the exclusive reverse roundover bearing edge, which allows greater surface contact between the bearing edge and drumhead. The result is a tone that is incredibly deep and warm. The toms and snare drums are outfitted with Gretsch’s “302” 3.0mm, double flanged steel hoops. The 302 hoop helps create a more open tone than die-cast hoops while still adding a little more focus over the traditional 2.3mm flanged hoop. 

Thanks to modern techniques, the new Broadkasters have an even greater dynamic response and sonic presence than the originals. Experience the new Broadkasters today!

Manufacturer's Description from Gretsch Drums

Today’s Broadkaster shells are made one-by-one using maple/poplar/maple wood (all North American) without reinforcement hoops. Each shell includes an interior ply scarf joint that supplies added structural integrity to thin, musical shells. Like all USA-made Gretsch drums, Shell interiors are finished with classic Gretsch Silver Sealer.

The shell is hand finished with the reverse round over bearing edge on the bass drums and toms. The inside edge of the shell sits higher and rounds off down and away to the shell’s exterior edge. This allows greater surface contact between the bearing edge and drumhead, resulting in added tonal depth and warmth. Snare drums are finished with Gretsch’s traditional 30º bearing edge, angled toward the shell's interior. This proven bearing edge technique produces a wide range of tones while maximizing attack and projection.

Toms and snare drums are outfitted with Gretsch’s "302" 3.0mm, double flanged steel hoops. These hoops are similar to "Stick Chopper" hoops used in the 1950s but are constructed out of a heavier gauge steel to stand up to today’s more assertive playing styles. The 302 hoop helps to produce a more open tone than a die-cast hoop and adds ambient overtones to the overall tonal characteristic.

Broadkaster kits are available in two different hardware packages, standard, and vintage. Standard package includes heavy-duty Gretsch lugs, spurs and straight-sided GTS tom suspension typical to Gretsch USA Custom and Brooklyn kits. The vintage hardware package features hardware component styles used on 1950s-era Gretsch kits, including drum mufflers, floor tom leg brackets, Rail Consolette tom holder, spurs, bass drum T-rods, throw-off, key holder and Fiberskyn bass drum logo heads.

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About Manufacturer

For 135 years, the Gretsch Drum Company has produced classic American instruments that drummers the world over covet. The signature “great Gretsch sound” has been utilized by numerous classic and modern drummers alike; Max Roach, Tony Williams, Cindy Blackman, Taylor Hawkins, and Vinnie Colaiuta are just a few examples of master drummers that have sat behind Gretsch kits. Currently, Gretsch’s three lines of professional-grade drums (the Brooklyn, Broadkaster, and USA Custom) are built by a small team of dedicated craftsmen in Ridgeland, South Carolina. Gretsch also offers a number of affordable import lines that allow beginner and intermediate drummers to be a part of drum history and play behind a Gretsch set. 

Specifications

Gretsch Broadkaster Snare Drum Features

  • 3ply maple/poplar shell
  • "Reverse Roundover" bearing-edge
  • Silver Sealer Interior
  •  "302" double-flanged hoops
  • Lightning Throw-off