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Product Showcase — August 2020 R!S

Aug 5, 2020, 08:00 AM by Rhythm Scene Staff

DW Steel Gray

Steel Gray Lacquer Finish
Drum Workshop Inc. (DW) announced the addition of Steel Gray to its Design Series lineup. The boutique-inspired drums are versatile and value-priced, offering drummers pro-features and road-worthy build quality in DW’s most popular F.A.S.T. (Fundamentally Accurate Sized Toms) sizes. Made from hand-picked North American Hard Rock Maple, the kits are well-suited for a wide variety of drumming styles and musical genres.

Design Series are offered in standard 5-piece configurations with three available add-ons including a 7 x 8-inch rack tom and 12 x 14-inch and 16 x 18-inch floor toms. Incorporating HVLT (Vertical Low Timbre shell with a horizontal outer ply), Design Series shells are full, resonant, and responsive. Pro features include True-Pitch tuning, STM (Suspension Tom Mounts), MAG throw-off, Remo heads, and more.

Steel Gray adds a highly durable, UV-cured lacquer color option to the palette. Existing finish choices include Cherry Stain, Gloss White, Black Satin, and Tobacco Burst. The new color was inspired by the automotive industry’s latest sports car designs and was approved by both DW artists and fans.

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DW Padouk2020 Collector’s Series Private Reserve Exotics
Drum Workshop Inc. (DW) recently began shipping Collector’s Series Private Reserve Exotics. Hand-crafted at the California Custom Shop, the exclusive range of exotic wood veneers is only available in limited supply.

John Good, DW’s drum designer, has traveled the world to hand-curate a stunning collection of select wood species that can be ordered as exotic finishes over available DW shell configurations. Included in the new 2020 collection is Tortoise Shell Pommele, Moabi, Horizontal Padouk, Vertical Padouk, Super Maple Curl, African Chechen, and Monkey Pod. Each Exotic can be custom ordered in hand-sprayed polyester gloss lacquer or matte finish Hard Satin lacquer. In addition, these natural wonders can be combined with an almost limitless array of bursts, fades, and transparent lacquers to create a one-of-a-kind visual statement.

The origins of the collection are varied and storied. Tortoise Shell Pommele is a rare, semi-hard wood sourced from Ghana, Africa. Good chose the Congolese Moabi for the startling consistency and striking beauty of its grain. The extreme quilting of this pinkish wood comes from environmental drought conditions.

One of the most colorful veneers in the assortment is Padouk. Ordinarily it is only available in a vertical configuration, as the veneer usually comes in 6-inch strips. However Good found a unique log from which 25-inch strips could be cut, enabling DW to offer a rare horizontal version.

Maple trees on the outer edges of forests in Michigan are exposed to extremes of the cold and stormy weather. This harsh climate causes stunning figures to form in the grain of the heartwood and produce Super Maple Curl.

African Chechen is generally a white wood with a straight, stripy grain. Good discovered an extraordinary log where the variegations and beauty of the grain is spectacular.

The dark, rich Monkey Pod wood from Hawaii with its golden hues usually has a less figured grain. Good has located an unusual piece of timber with a very expressive, tight grain pattern to perfectly complement the Candy Black Burst.

Every Collector’s Series kit is crafted using the latest technology, including a host of available grain orientation lay-ups and patented manufacturing techniques such as Cool Tempered Shells and Timber Matching.

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