This set is made with RCI cast acrylic sells, with DW classic hardware. It is absolutely NOT the standard DW acrylic which has non-seamed shells and lower grade hardware. SEE NOTE BELOW – NOT PARTING THIS KIT OUT AT THIS TIME – SELLS AS COMPLETE KIT OR NOT AT ALL. Sizes and ply configurations (diameter X depth). Top Row Mounted toms (all short stack double headed except as noted). Bottom Row Mounted Toms (all short stack double headed except as noted). 12X27 tapered conga (tapers to 10). 18X16 FT (gong mounted). 22X14 Bass Drum (convertible to gong drum). 20X22 Bass Drum (main bass drum with double pedal). All shells have 45 degree sharp bearing edges. Just the shells listed above. Nearly new heads on whole set. Less than 1 hour playing time. I tried a lot of different heads and these sound the best…. So regardless of what you see in some of the pictures – there are now clear Remo Ambassador single ply heads on top, and clear Resonant heads on bottom. 6.5 snare has a coated ambassador. Bass drums have DW logo heads front and back. IF YOU WANT ONE OF THE DRUMS, LET ME KNOW, I WILL PUT YOUR NAME ON A LIST AND IF THE SETS DO NOT SELL, I WILL CONSIDER PARTING THE KITS OUT. Story on the kit. The set was built to the same specs as Chad Smith’s Red Hot Chili Peppers tour set from 2017. I saw Chad’s set and had to have one and went through elaborate measures to put this together. The reason this particularly kit is “special” from DW in comparison to their “standard” acrylic (besides the hardware) is the cast/welded RCI shells. The seamed shells are harder to make, for sure, and more expensive. And I would argue they sound better. Why does this make a difference? Generally speaking if you want a “pure tone” from any drum shell material, you want to watch out for behavior that is driven by any isotropic alignment. Alignment will color the sound, sometimes good and sometimes bad. But always cause and effect… Look at the DW VLX concept for instance. Those VLX drums really do sound different than traditional horizontal laminates. Another example is that solid shell maple sound so much more warm and even and “maply” than laminated shells. There is just a pure tone. I have played seamed and unseamed acrylic and I swear I can actually can hear a difference. I think I know why there would be a difference – an unexpected side effect of being a drummer who has a PhD in polymer processing is knowing that a shell bent from a flat sheet that was originally produced as with a sheet casting process is going to have a very different (random) molecular orientation than a shell that is extruded into a tube. As this relates to acrylic seamed vs. Unseamed – extrusion for sure is going to leave a lot of residual long chain molecular orientation in the direction of the extrusion process – and I believe one can actually hear a difference – there is a more even and round tone from these drums than in the DW stock acrylic shells. I have done a blind comparo and I can hear the difference every time. Is one better or worse than the other? There is no “right” and “wrong”. But to the Mofo, these shells sound BETTER. That’s just my opinion, for whatever that is worth. I know people think that a seam is “bad” because it’s a discontinuity. But this is in fact not necessarily true. The seam is made by melting the plastic together using a solvent based welding agent. So long as the temperature of the sheet is elevated as you weld it, you can end up with monolithic, anisotropic plastic. If you don’t take care, you get a susceptibility to cracking from the residual stress. Once again, an extruded shell will have internal residual stress which one could hypothesize makes the shell more prone to stress cracking. Cracks will grow across the grain of the long chain molecules – the length of the shell…. I can’t prove this, but that’s my theory as a person with a bit of domain knowledge. And lastly the DW acrylic series have lower grade hardware – this is all top of the line lugs, isolation mounts, etc. I worked with DW and RCI to make an 18 floor tom (the gong drum) and the Octobans. The 22 was also originally a gong bass but drilled to be a regular bass and I added the hardware to make it a floor bass. This set was a labor of love to build and I actually love the sound of the drums. They are pure thud – amazing for a live setting, with microphones. This is why bands like Zeppelin, Muse, RHCP, The Who, and Jason Bonham used the drums on tours. I will pretty much only sell this set at my asking price. But I have to thin my heard and this might be a set someone else really wants – are you that person? Also, I travel to Boston, Southern NH, and Rhode Island fairly regularly if you want to arrange a meeting. I will share invoices with you. I did not build my reputation by screwing people on drum deals. You can read about my drum set collection (Currently at 37 sets) by searching “Mofo Knows Drumset Anthology” on the Pearl Drummer’s Forum and my snare collection (currently at 100 snares) by searching “Mofo Knows Snare Anthology” on the Pearl Drummers Forum. Together these have been viewed over 250,000 times. I leave a trail of happy customers. You will not be disappointed. The item “DW Drum Workshop Collectors Series Purple Acrylic 19 piece monster drum set MINT” is in sale since Thursday, January 04, 2018. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Percussion\Drums\Sets & Kits”. The seller is “mofo_knows” and is located in Avon, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Drum Type: Acoustic Drum Kits
- Brand: DW
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