The Original American Custom Drum Company™
Collector’s Series® is the original American Made custom drum set. Choose from a myriad of state-of-the art California Custom Shop shell configurations and a seemingly endless array of high-end finishes and drum hardware color options to create your very own dream set-up.
The California Custom Shop is like no other custom drum workshop on Earth. Starting with only select, responsibly harvested woods, a variety of shells configurations are crafted to order. Choose from "Pure" wood shells such as North American Hard Rock Maple, Rotary-Cut Cherry, Heartwood Birch, Red Oak, or Hybrid Shell Collector's Series® options such as Maple & Mahogany and Cherry & Mahogany. Hybrid Poplar & Maple (DW Classics™), Maple & Gumwood (DW Jazz Series™) and Bamboo & Birch (Eco-X Project™) are also available.
Add to that, a wide array of Grain Orientation possibilities that deliver a wider overall tonal range, enhanced low-end punch, and an unmatched selection of custom diameters and depths, to design the ultimate sonically-customized dream kit.
Please note: Sizes shown may not match actual kit.
Cool Tempered Shells
Once a shell has been baked under pressure, we take it right out of the oven and place it in a pressurized cooler to ensure that the glue instantly crystalizes and the shell hardens to a perfect cylinder. The proof is in the tuning!
A shell’s fundamental pitch is where it wants to be tuned. No more fighting with heads to find the sweet spot. We’ve done it for you. Every set that is crafted at DW is done so as a family. Before the shell is sanded, bearing edges are added or even one hole is drilled, every drum is ear-matched to belong together for life. In a word, tuning made easy.
ESE™ or Enhanced Sound Edge is a revolutionary new concept in bearing edge technology. Over the years DW has lead the way in refining the way drums are constructed to optimize both overall tone and resonance. The ESE™ edge features a sharper backcut that is applied to the resonant head only and provides increased resonance on higher-pitched toms (recommended for 8-12" toms). This sharper resonant edge has proven to add increased attack and a longer fundamental tone. This feature is optional on all DW drums. (U.S. Patent #6,525,250)
Steel Triple Flange Hoops come in graduated weights (1.6mm for 8" & 10" toms and 2.3mm for 12-18" toms and snares). They come standard on Performance Series drums and are available in chrome only. To make a better instrument, sometimes you have to go back to the basics. We spent nearly a year-and-a-half designing and perfecting the most consistent counter hoop we’ve ever produced. It’s called the True Hoop™ (U.S. Patents 8,563,841 and 9,390,692) and it’s a major advancement in the relationship between bearing edge, drum head and counter hoop. As drummers, we know how critical that relationship is to tuning and tone. The True Hoop™ is just that, round and flat, and without the typical variations you often see around stamped holes. It even has an attractive new touch: a fully-rounded outer edge. They now come factory installed on all Custom Shop Drums and are available in all drum hardware color options.
True Hoops™ are also gauged in graduated thicknesses to factory-match various drum sizes.
Drums 8" and 10" in diameter come with 1.6mm True Hoops™, while 12"-18" come with 2.3mm. All snare drums come with 3.0mm True Hoops™.
STM™ - Suspension Tom Mount
DW’s patented STM™ (suspension tom mount) system allows drums to vibrate freely, allowing maximum resonance while securely holding the drum in place. Because there are no washers or grommets inhibiting the lug rod receiver, choking is reduced and tuning is as easy as ever. (U.S. Patent #5520083)
True-Pitch® Tuning Rods
To give drummers even more control over their sound, DW created its patented True-Pitch® rod system. The rods feature 5mm threads rather than the 12/24 that’s standard on most other drums. To compare, there is 1 thread every 0.8mm on our True-Pitch® rods (about 20% more threads), versus 1 thread every 1.05mm on most other drums. The result is a more exacting tuning process. True-Pitch® rods are only available in chrome and gold.