Gretsch Drums is introducing four new finishes to three of its drum set series,  Zildjian has announced a new dry prepack and an addition to its low-volume cymbal line, and Alesis has released a budget-friendly mesh-head electronic drum set.

Gretsch Debuts New Drum Finishes

Gretsch Drums has announced the addition of several durable Nitron laminates to its Catalina Club, Renown and Gretsch Energy series drum sets. The Gretsch Catalina Club 4-piece jazz configuration is now available in Blue Satin Flame, Renown Series drumsets are now available in “big flake” Turquoise Sparkle and Copper Sparkle finishes, and the Gretsch Energy series sets now include a Ruby Sparkle finish option.

gretsch blue flame tom

Gretsch Catalina Club now available in blue satin flame

Catalina Club 4-piece configurations are built around a 14” deep bass drum that delivers a warm, punchy vintage tone with classic mahogany shells and 30-degree bearing edges.


Gretsch Renown series in copper sparkle


The Renown series features the classic 7-ply Gretsch formula maple shells, with 30-degree bearing edges and exclusive “Silver Sealer” interiors and Gretsch’s player-friendly “302” hoop. 




Gretsch Energy series in Ruby Sparkle

The Energy series features 7-ply poplar shells with 30-degree bearing edges and are equipped with 1.6mm triple flanged hoops.




Zildjian Releases K Custom Dry Pack And L80 China Cymbal
Zildjian K Custom Dry cymbal pack

Zildjian K Custom Dry cymbal pack

Zildjian announced this month it is releasing a select assortment of five Special Dry cymbals in a new K Custom series prepack, as well as an 18″ China cymbal addition to its low-volume L80 practice cymbal line.

K Custom Special Dry cymbals are “raw and earthy, and have a dry, funky sound with a quick, fast attack and lots of dirt,” says Zildjian. The set includes 14” hi-hats (thin top, heavy bottom), 16” and 18″ crashes, and 21” ride. Big Z says the set is “ideal for drummers who play hip-hop, funk, gospel and R&B.”

“This Set gives drummers a great collection of cymbals that capture today’s music trends,” says Victor Filonovich, category manager for Ziljdian cymbals.

Zildjian L80 low-volume China cymbal

Zildjian L80 low-volume China cymbal

The L80 China provides all the effects of a traditional China but without all the volume. And like the rest of Zildjian’s L80 low volume line, the 18” L80 China is 80 percent quieter than a traditional cymbal, but without sacrificing too much of the feel of a real cymbal. The L80 China can stack with the L80 14” crash and L80 10” splash for even more effects.


New Budget-Friendly E-Kit From Alesis
Alesis Nitro Mesh drumhead

Alesis Nitro Mesh drumhead

Alesis has announced a new electronic drum set called the Nitro Mesh kit, featuring five drums with responsive mesh heads and three 10″ cymbal pads. The company says the new kit is geared toward beginning or intermediate players looking for a “compact set that’s easy to transport and set up.”

Alesis Nitro Mesh e-drum set

Alesis Nitro Mesh e-drum set


Alesis Nitro Mesh features:

  • 8″ dual-zone snare pad
  • Three 8″ tom pads
  • Three 10” cymbals: ride cymbal, hi-hat, crash w/choke
  • Kick drum pad, kick pedal, hi-hat pedal
  • Four-post aluminum rack
  • Connection cables, drum sticks, drum key, and power supply included
  • Nitro Drum Module
  • 40 ready-to-play classic and modern kits with 385 drum and cymbal sounds
  • 60 built-in play-along tracks, sequencer, metronome, and performance recorder
  • Aux input to play along with your own songs
  • Available summer 2018
  • MSRP: $349