Gretsch 1958 "Birdland" Cadillac Green Snare Drum with Gold Hardware

This drum has a three ply shell with a silver painted interior. This drum came to us with its original "cadillac green nitron" finish still intact; however, some of the hardware was missing and what was left was in need of replating. This drum is basically a "Name Band" snare drum with gold hardware. The cadillac green finish is both a lacquer and a plastic wrap. This was achieved by the factory. They took clear plastic nitron and sprayed it with the same paint that was used on Gretsch cadillac green guitars. It is a color that is exclusive to Gretsch instruments. The "Birdland" drums were made for the Birdland nite club in New York City. These were made available to anybody who wanted to buy an identical set, but Gretsch did not sell many of these. The cadillac green finish on our drum is original. We have had this drum examined by Gretsch historians and they confirmed the authenticity of this finish. The finish is in amazing condition, but there are some minute scratches to be found (see picture of tone control knob). This is the most visible scratch on the entire drum; the rest are microscopic and hard to find. The shell is a three ply (maple/poplar/maple) and it is 5/16" thick. The interior has been professionally repainted in silver. All of the hardware was removed, including the badge. The plating was handled by Advance Plating of Nashville, Tennesee. Most of the restoration and re-assembly of this drum was handled by Sam Bacco of Fork's Drum Closet in Nashville. We could not find a bottom gated stick chopper hoop, so Sam made one out of a new Gretsch rim. The drum is now fully and perfectly functional, and as you can see by the pictures, it is in amazing condition. New Remo Renaissance drumheads have been installed, along with new snare wires. The restoration of this drum was costly; this is real 24kt. gold on all of the hardware.