Gretsch tightened up the spacing on its highly regarded Brooklyn set to create the Brooklyn Micro drum kit with a smaller footprint. Hence the name.
Gretsch configured the Brooklyn 4-piece Micro for small venues, studios and tiny practice spaces. It stands to reason that any drummer small in stature will find this set a very comfortable fit.
Back to Brooklyn Roots
What’s in a name? Gretsch drums were made in the company’s Brooklyn factory from 1883 to 1970. That’s where the classic Gretsch sound and the secrete Silver Sealer were developed and perfected.
In the early 20th C., Gretsch became the favorite brand among Jazz musicians. An integral part of their music that blossomed in the Brooklyn borough of the Big Apple.
The Brooklyn Micro drum set taps into that legacy of premium quality and unmistakable sound.
Brooklyn Micro drums share specs with the full-size Brooklyn series, as outlined below. They’re not smaller, thinner or budget-built.
It’s the compact spacing that sets the Micro drum set apart.
Gretsch Brooklyn Micro Drum Kit
Here’s the only configuration offered in the Micro:
- 12×16 bass drum
- 7×10 rack tom
- 12×13 floor tom
- 5×13 snare
The removable bass drum riser gives you complete freedom to adjust it to your playing preference.
Classic Gretsch maple shells are finished in satin grey with satin natural accents on the bass drum counter hoops and snare. Gretsch calls it understated, and that’s a good description of the kit’s handsome, somewhat minimalistic look.
Those are the basics. Let’s look at the details.
Gretsch Brooklyn Micro Drum Kit Information
As noted, the Micro drums features the same materials and specifications as the full-size Gretsch Brooklyn kit including Gretsch hoops and hardware:
- 6 plies of North American maple & poplar
- Silver Sealer interiors
- 30-degree bearing edges
- 302 double-flanged hoops on the snare and toms
- G4825 rack and floor tom brackets
- G9013 bass drum spurs
- 4946MT bass drum mounting plate
- GTH-SLC single tom holder
- Lightning throw-off
Remo heads adorn all the drums: Coated Gretsch Permatone by Remo Batter on the snare and toms; coated Powerstroke Permatone by Remo Batter on the bass.
The White Permatone batter with black 12:00 Gretsch logo is optional on the bass.
Space and sound is what this kit is about.
The spacing accomplishes the goal. Most drummers will comfortably use the Micro setup, and the tight configuration won’t be an issue.
The sound is as advertised, featuring “warm, articulate tonality” you expect from Gretsch’s poplar/maple shells.
There’s no drop-off in quality here, as seen in the list of materials used.
Finally, the finish isn’t flashy, but boasts understated visual appeal everyone seems to like.
Leggy, lanky drummers might find that the Brooklyn Micro doesn’t give them enough room to operate.
Nobody will call the price tag micro – but the cost is what you’d expect from a drum set with this quality, fit and finish.
Gretsch offers only one configuration of the set, though you can customize the configuration if you’re willing to spend more on the pieces you prefer.
Overall 4.5 Stars
This could be a 4 star kit if you end up feeling cramped by it.
On the other hand, if playing space is tight or your reach is limited, this set might prove to be the 5 star kit you’ve been looking for.
With those possibilities in mind, we give the Gretsch Brooklyn Micro drum kit a solid 4.5 stars.
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Steve Feldman says
These micro kits are a terrific addition to any drummers tool box – I have a Premier bebop/micro kit but Gretsch would have been my instrument of choice had it been offered at the time – these micro kits have been engineered to sound big if they have to – in smaller rooms you can use them as is – in larger rooms you mic them up – they definitely have a bottom end you can work with although they are not intended to take the place of conventionally sized kits.
The beauty of these micro kits is they change the way you play – you hear and feel them differently and response accordingly, forcing you to be creative in different ways.
Having owned and reluctantly sold two Gretsch kits (sold in my misguided youth 😉 I would say the Gretsch Brooklyn Micro kit is without a doubt a buy and hold kit – “That Great Gretsch Sound” is the real deal – players rarely stray from Gretsch once they’re on board.
Thanks for really breaking down this kit from the player’s angle. I was more under the impression going in that this was a special use only kit. During the research we saw this was not the case.
What have we not reluctantly sold in our misguided youths? HA! Seems I could furnish a small apartment with MY reluctant sales-LOL!
Thanks again for helping the community out!
bill street says
I would be interested to know how Steve rates his Premier micro bop kit……I have the same kit as well as the gresch street kit …..his comments regarding comparison …..there are aspects of the premier kit I do find very good and play it all the time for live jazz gigs……your thoughts ???? Bill
Steve Feldman says
Hi Bill and thank you for chiming in.
I love my Premier Bop kit, although a direct comparison is not really fair given the difference in specs between the two kits..
I am not a proponent of having to spend a lot of money on drums and the Premier kit was very affordable at a fraction of the price of this Gretsch kit. With the advances in manufacturing today, drum shells are generally of decent quality with low end sets. The various and numerous types of heads on the market really become the defining element as far as sound quality. That being said I look for decent shells construction and then quality of hardware with the option of swapping out the heads if required.
The Gretsch Bop kit is 6 ply Maple; very customary of Gretsch. My Premier Cabria Bop Kit is 7 ply Mahogany, considered a much more affordable wood.
Like yourself I use the Premier kit for light pop and jazz dates and mic it up if required. I’ve swapped out the original heads for Evans 360’s. The hardware and mounts are decent and show no signs of wear.
I’m extremely happy with the kit and always look forward to playing it.
Hope this helps.
Stay Well and Be Safe,
bill street says
Thanks for your comments. My premier is with Birch Shells and the snare is exceptional and I now use it as my main snare……even though I have a Ludwig supraphonic which is great when required.
Since I was a kid I have played Premier drums as I was born and raised in UK. It is sad to see Premier close down. In my opinion they made great drums. I will have to play a Gretsch micro kit to really find out but the price puts all on hold !!!!