The DW Design Series carries on the brand's custom shop-inspired lineage at price point that was previously unheard of. In addition to new developments and established DW innovations, these drums feat... Read More
The DW Design Series carries on the brand's custom shop-inspired lineage at price point that was previously unheard of. In addition to new developments and established DW innovations, these drums feature North American maple shells with a wide tonal spectrum with attack, punch and warmth to spare.
The 8-ply tom and kick shells were built with the latest construction technique from DW's shell shop, HVLT. This is not just any shell; it's made with VLT (Vertical Low Timbre) grain orientation with an outer horizontal ply (the H in HVLT) to offer more depth, body and tuning range than the competition. Design Series snares feature 10-ply HVX shells.
Snares include an artist-approved MAG throw-off and all drums feature True-Pitch tuning rods. Finally, DW's popular F.A.S.T. (Fundamentally Accurately-Sized Toms) drum sizing and Suspension Tom Mount (STM) system will ensure these drums are able to resonantly sing as they're intended.
Each drum is finished in one of three durable lacquer colors and fitted with DW heads by Remo. Add in all of these features and you have a kit that's sure to have drummers talking.
Cymbals and hardware not included.
Note that DW products are not available for further discounting online. For additional information, please call 866-226-2918.
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First off, I've been drumming on and off for close to 20 years. I've played a range of drums from, "I can't believe this is a drum set" to high quality and everything in between. I'd been looking for a mid to high quality kit, to really get back into my hobby/passion. I wanted something with a virgin kick and either birch or maple shells. I saw the other review on the DW Design Series kit and was intrigued. I did some research and saw a lot of positive reviews and feedback. I was looking at some other options as well and finally went to GC to check them out. I was lucky to find the Design Series kit as one of the set up floor models. I fell in love with the sound and quality. It was the only one available, so I jumped on the opportunity and have no regrets. Build quality is top notch. The stock heads sound decent enough and after a bit of tuning, I love the way it sounds. My general style of music is rock/alternative/punk, but also play jazz and a range of Latin based styles. The kit is very versitle for a wide range of styles. I'm a very satisfied customer and glad I was lucky enough to purchase the DW Design Series kit.
I haven't seen any other reviews of this online so I'm glad I get to be one of the first! Apparently I'm one of the few people I know of that picked up one of these kits. (The Guitar Center I bought this from only ever ordered two and I got the second kit) I have to say, I'm very impressed with it. I upgraded from a Gretsch Catalina Maple kit, and while some may argue I downgraded from a 7 piece kit to a 5 piece, I'd like to say I now have 5 amazing drums vs. 7 good drums. Features: The Design series also has features I've always seen as professional in other drums at its price point: it has an undrilled/virgin kick drum which is something I've always wanted with a drum set, twenty lugs on the bass drum and snare drum, North American maple, and of course the DW tom mounts and mag throw off on the snare. Another couple of undocumented features is that it also comes with 2 small DW pillows you can put inside your bass drum for muffling and memory locks for your floor tom legs. I wasn't expecting those at all, and I give kudos to DW for caring enough to add those in there. Last but not least, its greatest feature for me was its price! I was thinking about buying a Tama Starclassic Performer before I bought this, but I'm unemployed and can't afford the high end kits where I'd have to buy a snare drum separately. So the fact that I was able to get a snare drum in this package for less than $2000 with tax, makes this a great bargain. I understand some purists won't be a fan of this kit because it was made in Taiwan, but really, who cares? Gretsch makes its Renown series in Taiwan and those are great kits as well, and DW has proven it can do an excellent job, if not better with producing an amazing kit from Taiwan as well. The only gripe I would have with the kit feature wise is that DW decided not to give the Design series die cast hoops, but really, the triple flange hoops are fairly standard with DW's other kits and probably would have made the kit more expensive. Also, don't forget to get some kind of hoop protector for your bass drum pedal so you don't mess up that beautiful finish on the hoop. I had to learn that the hard way after putting my Pearl Eliminator on the hoop without protection. =] Looks: I bought the Cherry stain lacquer and it looks beautiful in person - the bright red really stands out in lights and it's literal eye candy. I also really like the mini lugs because they're not too imposing and people are still able to tell it's a DW kit. Quality and Reliability: Outstanding. I plan on using this kit for a very long time, and I'm just so impressed by it. I definitely feel like I have a professional level kit that was worth saving up for. The sound quality is excellent, easy to tune, and the kit looks absolutely beautiful. Well worth the money.