Gretsch has taken a 1.2mm steel shell and added large hammering to it to focus the tone and give a slightly drier overall attack. This not only adds to the overall sound but also gives these drums a stunning visual appeal, making them an integral additional to any setup. The 8" depth allows for full tone to come out at any volume. The hammering dries up the sound, eliminating unwanted ring. This is a perfect drum for pounding out backbeats in front of the largest crowds. At the same time, it is sensitive enough for a New Orleans Second Line.