Gretsch’s new Renown Purewood wenge six-piece shell pack (RP-E826-WEN) features 7-ply African wenge shells finished in high-gloss lacquer. One of the strongest tropical timbers, wenge (pronounced “weng-gei”) is said to produce deep and rich overtones with superior projection and clarity. Other features on these drums include 30-degree bearing edges, chrome hardware, die-cast hoops, and Evans USA heads. The snare drum is equipped with ten lugs. This shell pack (18×22 kick; 7×10, 8×12, 12×14, and 14×16 toms; 6×14 snare) is limited to a hundred units worldwide. List price: $4,155.
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