Drum Workshop, Inc. has recently added a new offering to their line of DW Collector’s Series® thin shell snare drums. The 5.5×14” and 6.5×14” Aluminum drums feature a thin 1mm rolled shell and are “workhorse-style” snares that can be used for every musical genre. The thin shells offer a more resonant tone with more overtones than their thicker rolled-shell cousins. DW Executive Vice President and Drum Designer, John Good, explains, “We used to have a limited edition thin black nickel over brass. It was so popular we added it to the line. Then, we came out with stainless steel, and that was really well-received. After that, our version of a Titanium drum. By this time, we figured that there is a market for both thin shells and the thicker cast-type shells we had been offering for years, so we’ve decided to have a little of both. Now we have aluminum. It’s a really nice drum, warmer than brass and just enough metallic sound to cut and the sensitivity is really nice, too!”
The thin aluminum shell is finished with a matte grey powder coat and has a rolled bearing edges and snare beds. The Custom Shop drum comes standard with chrome hardware and features such as: MAG™ throw-off system with 3P™ (3 position) butt-plate, True Tone™ snare wires, True Pitch™ stainless steel tension rods, 3.0mm steel True Hoops™ and DW Heads by Remo® USA.
Good continues, “It’s not the first thin Aluminum shell on the market, but it’s the first DW version. We think that a bead-less shell and our patented features such as our MAG throw-off system sets us apart from the crowd. Plus, our artists are thrilled to have this option available. We already have a ton of pre-orders from guys that want to use it on sessions and tours.”
Retail price for the 5.5×14” is $661.99 and the 6.5×14” is $692.99. For further information, contact your local DW drum dealer or Drum Workshop, Inc. at: 3450 Lunar Court, Oxnard, CA 93030, tel: 805-485-6999, fax 805-485-1334, web:www.dwdrums.com.