Drum Workshop, Inc. has announced the addition of a new shell configuration to its line of industry-standard Collector’s Series drums. The appropriately-named Maple Mahogany drums feature VLT (Vertical Low Timbre) shell technology and an 8-ply veneer layup with an African mahogany inner ply, 6-ply North American Hard Rock Maple core and mahogany outer ply. The new shell can be custom ordered in any DW Custom Shop FinishPly color choice, natural lacquer and in any of 5 available drum hardware color options (chrome, black chrome, satin chrome, black nickel and 24 karat gold).
DW Executive Vice President and Drum Designer, John Good, comments on the new drum shell, “We originally thought this combination would give us something more retro-sounding, like our Classics Series. Those shells are poplar and mahogany with maple reinforcement hoops and sound very vintage. By losing the reinforcement hoop and adding a maple core, we ended up with a sound that is decidedly modern, but also very warm and musical. The sound is reminiscent of our Jazz Series line, which is a maple and gum wood shell, but it has its own unique character. So much so, that we decided to add it to the Collector’s Series line. Other than offering new grain orientations, we don’t really add new wood recipes; the last one was Birch, nearly a decade ago.”
Collector’s Series Maple Mahogany drums are available in all Custom Shop sizes and can be mixed and matched with any other Custom Shop shell configuration. The drums come standard with DW Heads by Remo USA with a single-ply coated batter heads and clear resonant heads. Other features include, graduated True Hoop counter hoops, True Pitch tension rods, STM (Suspension Tom Mounts), newly redesigned TB12 tom brackets, BDP2 dual pillow drum muffling system, MAG throw off with 3 position butt plate, and more.
Other Collector’s Series shell offerings include, standard maple (6, 7 and 8-ply maple shells with 3-ply reinforcing hoop), VLT (Vertical Low Timbre) maple, X (diagonal 45 degree grain orientation), VLX (vertical, horizontal and diagonal wood grain) and birch (6, 7 and 8-ply with no reinforcement hoop).
Contact your local DW drum dealer for pricing and for further information: Drum Workshop, Inc. at 3450 Lunar Court, Oxnard, CA 93030, tel: 805-485-6999, fax: 805-485- 1334, web: www.dwdrums.com.