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DW 5pc Collectors Exotic Series Drum Set-Tamo Ash-Black Fade  From DW Drums

DW's flagship line, the Collector’s Series, are the original US-made custom drums. DW Collector's Exotic Series 5-Piece Shell Pack with 18x22 kick, 8x10, 9,12, Mounted Tom, 12x14 and 14x16 Floor Tom - Candy Black Fade on Tamo Ash over Maple shells.(depth x diameter)  


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Check out this amazing-looking DW Collector's Exotic series 5-piece drum set! A gorgeous Tamo Ash veneer with a Candy Black Fade lacquer and nickel-plated hardware, this exotic set will command attention wherever you decide to showcase this instrument. 

Tamo Ash was once a very prominent veneer used in custom drum making, but over the last decade or so, it has been increasingly difficult to obtain. So we were beyond excited to see this veneer become available again, even if it is only in limited quantities. The veneer figuring is unique to this wood, but it has some visual qualities of quilted maple veneers and peanut shells but with a rolling or 3D effect. 

DW pulled out all the stops with the VLT ply configuration, coupled with the maple tonewood, delivers a recipe for greatness. The maple offers a beautiful tone that is rich, full, and precise. The VLT shells deliver a clean note, and without the typical reinforcing rings,  you have a wider tuning range. 

This classic two up and two down configuration set is a prime example of some of their many tone-enhancing innovations and finish options that DW offers. Whether you are using this in the studio or live, you're sure to be inspired by the aesthetic and tonal quality of this set.

Manufacturer's Description from DW Drums

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. 

This shell pack features rack toms with Vertical Low Timbre (VLT) - a DW special feature which involves arranging grain patterns of shell plies so the outermost and innermost plies run vertically versus the traditional horizontal. This provides less tension on the shell for greater resonance. In addition, the floor tom includes X Shell construction which complements VLT technology through a revolutionary, full vertical shell cross-lamination on the innerplies. The result of these two advancements is a tonally massive drum sound and lowered pitch. Rounding out and refining the low-end of this kit is a kick drum featuring Vertical Low Timbre/Diagonal grain shells (VLX). These shells are the lowest grain orientation available from the DW Custom Shop.

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.

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Drum Workshop has been one of the forefront companies that has helped propel drum hardware and custom drum manufacturing. For over forty years, their innovations and tireless dedication in pedals, hardware, and drum-making have continued to change the way drummers think about and approach drumming. To this day, DW pedals and hardware have raised the standards by which all others are measured. 

DW also continues to expand their custom drum offerings with a variety of shell designs, tonewoods, and countless finish options to truly personalize your sonic vision. Whether you are designing something for home use or the rigors of the road, DW's allegiance to improving the way drum products are made continues to inspire generations of drummers. Through passion and innovation, DW has become the Drummer's Choice for enthusiasts and professionals alike.




DW Exotic Collectors Drum Set Features:

  • 6-ply and 7-ply tom maple shells
  • 7-ply bass maple shells
  • DW suspension tom mounts 
  • True-Pitch rod system w/5mm threads
  • Made in the USA
  • Brushed nickel hardware
  • Drum sizes-8x10, 9x12, 12x14FT, 14x16FT, 18x22
  • Stands sold separately