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  • DW Collectors Series Drum Set Shootout!

    Does The Type Of Wood Used Actually Affect The Sound Of A DW Collectors Series Drum Set?

    DW (Drum Workshop) offers a lot of options when it comes to drum shells.  This is great, in that there's an endless amount of options in the DW Collectors series.  For someone who's looking to get a drum set, however, it can seem a little daunting – especially when it comes to selecting a wood type.  Maple, Birch, Cherry, Oak, Spruce, Mahogany…which choice is right for you?  Does the type of wood you choose even have an effect on what it will sound like?  If you browse your favorite drum forum, you’ll find many differing opinions on this particular subject.

    Here at the Drum Center of Portsmouth, we were fortunate enough to be able to conduct a pretty cool experiment to determine what (if any) impact wood type has on a drum’s overall sound.  We took three identically (and exceptionally) finished Collectors Series kits with three completely different shell compositions.  DW “Pure Cherry”, DW “Cherry/Mahogany”, and DW “Pure Purpleheart.”  It’s these moments where we truly love our job.  Seriously…who else gets to do this kind of stuff?

    Before we get into detail, here's an overview of what happened:

    1. Sizes and Finish. A list of what we were working with.
    2. Drum Head Selection. Remo's specially made heads designed for DW Collectors series drum kits.
    3. Tune Bot. The great tuning equalizer.
    4. Microphones Used. A list of what was used to obtain the sound.
    5. Detailed Impressions. C'mon, tell us how you really feel.
    6. The Verdict. The jury concludes after some intense deliberation.

    Dw Collectors Series Drum Set Dw Collectors Series Drum Set

    The Drum Sizes and Finish

    The exotic shells are finished in what DW calls, “Exotic Tangerine Burst over Candy Stripe Padouk” with nickel hardware.  We were absolutely blown away by the quality of the finish.  These are really gorgeous drums – something we’ve all come to expect from DW.  Once we composed ourselves, we were able to focus on the task at hand – the sound.

    The three kits we tested are shell packs that share the exact same sizes: a 22x18 bass drum, 10x8 and 12x9 mounted rack toms, a 14x12 floor tom, a 16x14 floor tom, and a 14x6.5 matching snare with triple flanged True Hoops and True Tone Snare Wires.  It’s worth mentioning that the attention to detail and consistency of production techniques make these three kits nearly indistinguishable from a distance.  DW does an amazing job when it comes to their aesthetics and tightness of tolerance.  You probably already knew this.

    Something else about these kits – no reinforcement rings.  These are different than your traditional DW Collector’s Series Maple shells in that they are a little thicker, as well.

    Drum Heads on DW Collectors Series Drum Sets

    For the tom heads we used DW’s Smooth AA that are made by Remo USA and came standard on 2 of the 3 kits.  These AA heads are manufactured solely for DW, and are not a normal offering from Remo.  We decided to leave the stock, industry standard Remo single-ply resonant heads on the toms.  Additionally, we used DW’s stock snare drum heads – a Coated AA batter and Standard Snare Side resonant.  We replaced the bass drum heads to a Smooth White Power Stroke 3 on the batter side, and an Ebony Power Stroke 3 on the resonant side.  This was merely out of personal preference.  If you haven’t tried out Remo PS3’s, we highly recommend it.  We added a 4” port for a more convenient kick drum mic setup.

    Tune Bot Gig A Drummers Best friend

    The Tune Bot put to the Test!

    Regarding the tuning of the drums, we wanted to keep it as scientific and objective as possible, so we used the TuneBot Gig version.  This gave us complete control and consistency from kit to kit.  With these controls in place, any noticeable difference in sound between the different kits could only be attributed to their shell composition.  On a side note, we highly recommend the TuneBot for ease and consistency of tuning your drums.  This made the process MUCH more efficient for our purposes.  In case you’re curious of the EXACT TuneBot settings for this experiment (we know you’re out there), you can find them in our In-Depth Video Review here.

    Miking the Drum Set

     

    For the video of the recording, we used the following microphone setup:

    Kick drum – Audix D6 microphone through the 4” port and a Shure KSM 32 about 6” in front of the resonant head.

    Snare drum – Earthworks SR20LS, which is a great all-around microphone.

    Toms – Earthworks DM20

    Overhead – Single Earthworks SR25

     

    For the purposes of this experiment, we wanted to make sure that the mixing of the audio was quick and clean.  We used no EQ’ing on the individual channels.  We only applied a high-pass filter on the toms to get rid of some of the low-end rumble.  Then we adjusted the L/R balance…and BOOM.  Done.

    Which Drum Workshop Kit is the best?

     

    Kit #1 –Cherry/Mahogany

    DW Collectors Series Cherry Mahogany Drum Set DW Collectors Series Cherry Mahogany Drum Set

    These gorgeous shells consist of a Cherry-ply base, sandwiched between an inner and outer ply of Mahogany.  We know cherry to be very bright wood, with a lot of attack and really pronounce mids, whereas Mahogany is going to give you some extra low end with lots of boom.  This DW Cherry/Mahogany kit gave us both of those properties in spades.  This was especially apparent with the 12-inch tom.  Playing that particular drum was like dribbling a 90-pound basketball…just a big, fat booming sound!  The snare drum fit right in with the kit.  We can't say that there was anything about it that that made it different from the kit, which is good. It seemed to blend well.

     

    Overall, this was a big sounding kit with substantial complexity to the tone.  We feel this is a kit well suited for the “big note” type drummer…you know, the “Pat Boone Debbie Boone” type fills that have that real big sound.

     

    Kit #2 - Purpleheart

     

    Next up…Pure Purpleheart.  This was our first experience with a 100% Purpleheart-shelled kit.  We were aware that the wood was very dense, so we expected them to be somewhat vibrant.

     

    The first thought that comes to you when sitting behind this kit is, “Wow, these drums are ALIVE!”  All the drums projected.  Substantially.  This was a significantly different experience than driving the Cherry Mahogany kit.  The Purpleheart shells have a sharper note, which we found very appealing.  They deliver that fundamentally low note, along with clean stick articulation.

     

    Before offering Pure Purpleheart as an entire kit, DW offered it as a base for snare drums, and now we can see why. The Purpleheart snare drum checked all the boxes we look for in a snare and was hands-down the winner of the day.  Sharp, loud articulate punch with plenty of sensitivity.  The bass drum also had a nice blend of low end thump and attack that stood out.

     

    Kit #3 -  Pure Cherry

     

    Last up was the 100% Pure Cherry DW Collectors series kit.  We were especially excited to play this kit, as we’ve had other DW Cherry kits in the shop in the past that did not disappoint.  Cherry makes a great shell material for drums, although it’s not all that commonly used.  In our experience, Cherry is not far off from that of birch in tonal characteristics – big attack with pronounced mids and lows.  This particular kit, however, had a smoother, more balanced vibe to it – which really impressed us!  It was like the difference between a 12-year and 18-year old scotch; both are delicious, but one is a little smoother in finish.  That was this Pure Cherry kit.

    The Verdict

    So, does the type of wood used in a drum shell influence what the drum will sound like?  After conducting a relatively controlled experiment on 3 extremely high-end drum sets, our answer is a resounding, “yes!”

    The degree to which the sound will differ, of course, varies on many factors.  Choice of heads, your ability to properly tune a drum, bearing edge quality, the thickness of the shell, environment, etc.  All of these factors being equal, we feel like you will have a different experience based on the shell material you choose.

    And which DW Collectors kit sounded the best?  If you ask 3 different people at the Drum Center of Portsmouth, you’ll probably get 3 different answers.  If you’re looking for deep, boomy thud, you may favor the Cherry/Mahogany shells.  Want to project loud, sharp articulation?  Maybe Purpleheart is the way to go.  If you are looking for total tonal balance, the Pure Cherry is an excellent option.

    Each one of these ultra-high-end kits exceeded expectation and opened the eyes of a few people here who never really considered DW to be “their sound”.  Be sure to check out our video to hear the results for yourself and let us know what you think!

    Looking For Your Own DW Collectors Series Kit?

     

    At Drum Center of Portsmouth, we specialize in helping you achieve YOUR perfect drum sound. Give us a call at (603) 319-8109 to speak with a professional about that sound you hear in your head.  We are legit sound freaks and look forward to helping you navigate your way to the DW kit of your dreams.  We carry a huge selection of DW Drums and Hardware in stock.  If DW isn’t your thing, we can help with many other fine manufacturers as well.

    Keep your eyes peeled to our YouTube Page for more exciting and slightly eccentric drum-related content!

  • How a VK Magnesium Swept Me Off My Feet

    Words cannot accurately describe how much I love this drum. With so many amazing drums out there, it is rare that one will jump out in such a way that I think about it all weekend; but that is exactly what happened with this VK Magnesium. This drum speaks for itself, but I felt compelled to attempt to put into words what it produces sonically.

    This is a drum that invites you in, offers you a home-cooked meal and a glass of single malt scotch. It rewards you, flatters you, makes you feel like you can play anything. Depending on where you tune it, it sounds like a totally different drum. It's almost as if it has multiple personalities. Tuned low, it's fat, dry, transparent and sounds like a finished record. As you bring it to a medium tension, a smooth mid-range character begins to appear. When it's tuned up higher, there is a "smack" characteristic to the attack, rather than a "pop". I found this to be more microphone friendly because of that.

    This drum just speaks to me. If you are looking for the perfect studio drum, this is it. Put it on the stand, tune it, mic it, play it and you're done.

    - Tony

    Here is what all this excellence sounds like:

    Source: VK Drums Magnesium Snare Drum 14x5 w/ Titanium Hardware | Drum Center of Portsmouth

  • Price Hikes from Ludwig and DW coming - Plus lots of New Gear

    Price Hikes Coming Soon - Some are Already Here. Last chance to save!

    It's inevitable, the companies have to raise their pricing periodically. We've seen some hikes from Meinl, Zildjian, Istanbul Agop, and Tama among others. April 1 will bring some hikes on a LOT of Ludwig product, namely the USA gear. If you've been holding out, now is a good time to act, as we need to get the order in by Friday to secure 2017 pricing. DW is having a few hikes, but notably the Performance series will be seeing roughly 10% increase. That's significant. You can place special orders until Friday to secure 2017 pricing.

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    We are getting SLAMMED with deliveries every day. We've never had the inventory we have right now. It's hard to single out items, because we have so many of them, and a lot of really cool drums and cymbals go under the radar unfortunately.

    We just got in a bunch of unique DW snare drums, many with gold or black hardware.  These look really cool.  Click on the image for more details.  Below that are some more items that have just landed and ripe for the pickings!

     

     

    DW Collectors 3mm Copper Snare Drum 14x6.5 Gold Hardware

    Bell Brass with Gold Hardware 14x6.5

    DW Collectors 3mm Copper Snare Drum 14x5.5 Gold Hw

    DW Collectors Bell Brass Snare Drum 14x4 Gold Hw

    DW Collectors 3mm Copper Snare Drum 14x4 Gold Hw

    DW Collectors Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum 14x8 Gold Hardware

    DW Collectors Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum 14x6.5 Gold Hardware

    DW Collectors Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum 14x5.5 Gold Hardware

    DW Collectors Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum 13x7 Gold Hardware

    DW Collectors Copper Snare Drum 14x6.5 Knurled w/ Black Nickel Hardware

    DW Collectors Vintage Steel Snare Drum 14x5.5 Ribbed Copper w/ Black Nickel Hardware

    These are just a few of the unique DW Snare Drums we have on hand. Check out all of our Drum Workshop snare drums at Drum Center of Portsmouth here.

     


    Dunnett Classic 2N Triple Brass Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Dunnett Classic 2N Chrome Over Brass Snare Drum 14x6.5 w/ Raw Brass Lugs

    Dunnett Classic Magnesium Snare Drum 14x6.5 Silver Ceramic w/ Cold Rolled Hoops

     


     

    We have some super cool A&F Snare Drums and A&F Drum Sets on hand!


     

    RBH Prestige Solid Walnut Snare Drum 14x6.5 w/ Maple Rings


    You need to get to know these Schagerl Snare Drums.


    Unix Solid Ply Bubinga Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Unix Solid Ply Birdseye Maple Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Unix Solid Ply Quilted Maple Snare Drum 14x6.5


    Trick Custom AL13 Aluminum Snare Drum 14x8 Candy Red

    Trick Precious Metals 3mm Brass Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Trick VMT Aluminum Snare Drum 14x6.5 Cast Black


    Lush and Pristine! British Drum Company Bluebird Snare Drum 14x6

    The Most Popular Snare This Year!! British Drum Company Big Softy Snare Drum 14x6.5


    Canopus Zelkova Snare Drum 14x6.5 Limited Gunjo Lacquer

    Canopus Limited Edition ROF Project #1 Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Canopus Limited Edition Glass Fiber Snare Drum 14x6.5

    We have SEVERAL more Canopus Snare Drums in stock, check out some of the Second Line Deals too! Browse Canopus Snare Drums at Drum Center of Portsmouth Here.


    Noble And Cooley Limited Edition Solid Ply Walnut Snare Drum 14x7 Gloss

    Noble And Cooley Solid Ply Walnut Snare Drum 14x5

    Noble And Cooley Solid Ply Walnut Snare Drum 14x3 7/8


    VK Drums 7 Snare Drum 14x6.5

    VK Drums Magnesium Snare Drum 14x5 w/ Titanium Hardware

    VK Drums Copper Snare Drum 14x6.5


     

    Hendrix Archetype Stave Ambrosia Maple Snare Drum 14x6.5 Gloss

     

    Hendrix Archetype Stave Ambrosia Maple Snare Drum 14x5.5 Gloss

    Hendrix Archetype Stave Ambrosia Maple Snare Drum 14x5.5 Gloss


    We Now have Video Demos up of the UFIP Est. 1931 Cymbals.

    Check them out here.


     

    ATV Drums are Here!

    Right out of left field, these are a VERY different approach to electronic drums and percussion. The Artist drum set is a quantum leap forward in e-drums. I've never played cymbal pads that feel as good as these, and nor have I heard drum cymbal sounds as authentic. The A-Frame is everything AND the kitchen sink. It's really that cool. And it's in stock!


    C U S T O M  O R D E R  M A D N E S S!

    The "Nosferatu" cymbals if you will, these are non-catalogued, discontinued, or never offered cymbals that we have brought on because we're a drum store and we like to do unique things like this.  Some notable cymbals here are the 22" Signature Dry Heavy, which was discontinued a LONG time ago.  It was the ride used by Danny Carey for many years.  Let's not forget the Paiste Signature Traditionals Medium Light Hi Hat Cymbals 15", which haven't been available for well over a decade.  Gorgeous cymbals.

    What about Color Sound 2002?  We've got the upgraded Color Sounds in RED for the 2002 line.  Oh boy, are these nice!

    Check out the Color Sound 2002's Here

    P U M P K I N  R U D E S ! !

    Every Day is Halloween when you have these!! It doesn't get any more sinister than these custom Paiste Rudes!

    Check them out HERE!

     


    There's so much more too, check out our Just Arrived page to see what's in!


  • DW Collectors 45th Anniversary "Sapphire" 6pc Drum Set | Drum Center of Portsmouth

    To commemorate 45 years as The Drummer’s Choice, Drum Workshop proudly offers The Collector’s Series 45th Anniversary drum set. Each drum is hand-crafted at the DW California Custom Shop using hand-selected Norwegian Spruce from the Fiemme Valley in Northern Italy; the very region where wood is responsibly forested for some of the world’s most coveted and valuable orchestral stringed instruments. Four plies of the shell, both inner and outer, are finished in select European Sycamore. The face material is crafted from rare, highly-figured, quarter-cut European Sycamore exotic veneer, and features a meticulous Natural-to-Candy Black Burst Lacquer Specialty finish. An intricate center inlay is laser-cut and hand-assembled from exotic woods including Italian Grey Poplar, Black-Dyed Pearwood, and Blue Sapphire-Dyed Koto wood. The classic F-Hole artwork pays tribute to world-renown violin makers, and the Roman numerals commemorate DW’s milestone. Each instrument is also complemented by DW Custom Shop nickel-plated hardware and a host of drummer-friendly, professional features including True-Hoops™, True-Pitch 50 Tuning, S.T.M (Suspension Tom Mounts), M.A.G. Throw-Off System with 3P (3 position butt plate), DW Heads by Remo U.S.A and more. The pre-configured 6-piece set includes 8x10, 9x12, 12x14, and 14x16 toms; 18x22 bass drum; and 6.5x14 matching snare drum. A signed certificate of authenticity accompanies the collectable. Only 145 will ever be produced.SO 1074333.

    Source: DW Collectors 45th Anniversary "Sapphire" 6pc Drum Set | Drum Center of Portsmouth

  • Sonor Vintage 3pc Jazz Drum Set BLOWOUT DEAL

    This is a SMOKING deal on a Made in Germany Sonor Vintage Series kit!

    Shell pack includes 20x14 bass drum, 12x8 tom, and 14x12 floor tom. Drums only; hardware/cymbals sold separately.Celebrating the 140th anniversary of the company, SONOR brings back an iconic look and sound of the time between the 1950s and early 1970s. The SONOR team, in cooperation with artists and collectors, worked tirelessly to bring the Vintage Series drums as close as possible to the look, feel, and sound of its predecessor, the Teardrop drums. SONOR combined its knowledge of modern drum building with the look and sound of vintage drums to create an instrument that will hold up to today's modern playing. Like the original Teardrop drums, the VINTAGE series drums feature hand-selected premium German Beech shells with rounded bearing edges. SONOR has carefully recreated the look of the 1950s teardrop lug and updated it with SONORs exclusive Tunesafe tuning system. Not overlooking any details, SONOR has redesigned the Superprofil triple flanged hoops, and brought back the timeless SONOR logo and badge used between 1952 and 1961.

    Source: Sonor Vintage 3pc Jazz Drum Set Vintage Natural BLOWOUT DEAL | Drum Center of Portsmouth

  • Tama Soundworks Maple Snare Drum 14x6.5 Black Lacebark Pine | Drum Center of Portsmouth

    It's hard to beat this deal.  Just a few left! 

    Wapped in visually intricate Lacebark Pine, this limited Tama Soundworks Maple snare delivers an exotic look and excellent sound at an affordable price. Soundworks snare drums are constructed with six carefully selected plies of 100% Maple, for a 5mm thin shell. Each shell is carefully molded and bearing edges are cut with extreme precision for fine sensitivity. Tama's Sound Arc hoop and 10 lugs add focus and sonic depth. Soundworks Maple offers a musical balance of attack, combined with a warm tone suitable for any style of music.

    Source: Tama Soundworks Maple Snare Drum 14x6.5 Black Lacebark Pine | Drum Center of Portsmouth

  • The best cymbal sets are here, packaged at special prices!

    When it comes to cymbal packs, most of them have some good cymbals, with some bad ones mixed in.   It seems that there wasn't any thought that went in to them.  But I understand, the companies want to put regular, standard sized cymbals in the box, and the inexperienced drummer won't know the difference.

    We know the difference.

    That's why we designed these sets that are drummer optimized, and ready for the stage, studio, or home use.  We agonized over just the right sizes and sounds, and the end result is something we're incredibly proud of, the Drum Center of Portsmouth Box Sets.

    Bringing these on is a large investment for us but I believe that once you play them, you'll agree that these are the sets to go with.  We hope you enjoy them.

    View our DCP designed cymbal box sets here.

  • Sonor Session Snare Drum 14x5.5- Blowout Deal! | Drum Center of Portsmouth

    North American Maple Shell - Cherry Red Lacquer Finish - 14x5.5. Closeout deal, grab it while it lasts!

    Source: Sonor Session Snare Drum 14x5.5- Blowout Deal! | Drum Center of Portsmouth

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