DW's flagship line, the Collector’s Series, are the original US-made custom drums. DW Collector's Purpleheart Series 5-piece Shell Pack with 18x22 kick, 8x10, 9x12 Mounted Tom, and 12x14, 14x16 Floor Tom - Natural Gloss over Purpleheart shells.(depth x diameter)
Purpleheart is an exotic wood with sonic properties that lie somewhere between those of hickory and Bubinga. It is highly desired by hobbyists and craftsmen who use the hard heavy wood in small woodworking projects and musical instruments like guitars. It is very rare to see this beautiful wood in sheets wide enough to produce ply drumsets and so who better than DW could produce these unique instruments. Each of these drums is finished in a natural gloss to showcase the true beauty of this exotic wood and accented with Black Nickel hardware. The craftsmen at DW used the HVLT shell construction to really showcase the sonic beauty of these drums. These thinner shells without reinforcing rings and the harder density of the Purpleheart is a recipe for sonic bliss. If you are looking for modern sound and not really wanting to buy "another maple set," give the Purpleheart some serious consideration.
DW's flagship line, the Collector’s Series, are the original US-made custom drums. For years, drum makers have preferred maple for its resonant tonal qualities. Purpleheart is a non-traditional shell material that provides low-end punch and attack.
It also features DW’s patented STM (suspension tom mount) system, which allows drums to vibrate independently, 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. 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 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.