I am having problems with an early to mid 70's 14 inch Gretsch floor tom. I bought the shell and legs only from Jack's in Boston, had the drum refinished beautifully by Eames drum, bought the correct lugs and hoops and figured I was good to go. However, the drum has always sounded nasal, thin, and choked. None of the warmth expected from a Gretsch and a terrible match for my 12 in mounted tom that sounds perfect.
I had the edges redone by Pro Drum in L.A., the heads are new, the hoops are perfect, and the tension rods are straight. So, I am down to the legs and diamond brackets. I put Pearl rubber feet on the Gretsch legs...nothing. I will take it apart AGAIN, remove legs and brackets, and try to suspend it one handed to see if I get any kind of reasonable sound. Does anyone out there have or have had similar issues? Maybe it is just a terrible shell....driving me a bit crazy. Your help would be appreciated.