DW has taken its custom drum-making experience and infused it into a professional, quality drum kit that sets a new standard for quality and affordability.
Design Series™ is a DW kit through and through. From the newly-designed mini Turret lug, to Remo USA®-made Suede® “outline” logo heads, to a sleek silver and white badge, its looks are fresh and decidedly familiar.
Add to that, custom-inspired features such as three durable Specialty Lacquer finishes, STM™ (Suspension Tom Mounts), True-Pitch™ Tuning, MAG throw-off, low-mass die cast claw hooks, and more. Last, but certainly not least, there’s the sound. These are thicker shells that pack a punch. Incorporating HVLT™ (Vertical Low Timbre shell with a horizontal outer ply), Design Series™ all-maple shells are full, resonant, and responsive.
4pc shell pack sizes:
- 10x8in Tom
- 12x9in Tom
- 16x14in Floor Tom
- 22x18in Bass
Finish: Steel Grey Gloss
*Tom holders not included. Snare not included.
- Maple HVLT Shells
John Good and the DW Custom Shell Shop in California bring you HVLT™, the same technology that is standard on DW’s latest Collector’s Series® Cherry drums. HVLT grain orientation and slightly thicker 1/32″ plies of North American maple are a potent combination that delivers a full tonal spectrum, attack, punch, and sonic versatility. Design Series™ shells are tailored for just about every style of music.
Design Series™ 8″ toms feature a 7-ply HVLT construction, while the snares feature 10-ply HVX, and the 10″-18″, along with all bass drums, feature 8-ply HVLT construction.
- Chrome Hardware
Design Series™ drums are available exclusively in Chrome. This includes lugs, hoops, STM™, and tom legs. The Design Series “turret lug” is a scaled-down version of the famous round DW lug (a step smaller from Performance Series™), while the snare drums get a unique “propeller” look all their own.
- Graduated Counter Hoops
Design Series are available exclusively with Chrome Standard Triple Flange Hoops to give your drums a great versatile sound. Steel Triple Flange Hoops come in graduated weights (1.6mm for 8 & 10″ toms, 2.3mm for 12-18″ toms and snare).
- 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.
- 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.
- Design Series Heads
DW Design Series™ drums come standard with a set of heads made specially for DW by Remo.
Bass drums feature Clear P3-style batter heads (with inlay ring) and Suede White resonant Logo heads (vented) both made in U.S.A.
Snare drums come with Coated Control Sound batter heads (with tuning sequence numbering) and Clear snare side resonant heads.
Toms come standard with Clear batter and resonant heads. Crimped flesh hoops provide maximum vibration and durability.