Drum Workshop has made some of the finest drumsets for some of the finest drummers in the world. Between their excellent, rock-solid hardware, Keller shells, and phenomenal finishes – not to mention being a full-custom shop – it is hard to argue with the instruments they produce.
Early DW kits used early Keller shells that utilized a reinforcing lip on both sides of the drum that is absent on newer shells. To our ears, these older maple shells are a bit more nuanced than their modern counterparts, grabbing a lot of very lush overtone color.
This 1990 is nothing if not colorful. . . and loud! Each drum sings out and can be tuned low-and-fat or high-and-tight without worrying about sacrificing quality tone, and certainly without sacrificing volume. These drums are not just loud and colorful, though, they are dominating and present in the way that only high-quality maple drums can be.
Fit and finish-wise, these are old drums that have been gigged. As a result, there is some scuffing and scratching on the hardware and on the wrap, but nothing insanely noticeable or presciently detrimental to the aesthetic of the instruments. The hardware is all black and the wrap is a gorgeous white sparkle that absolutely explodes under direct light.
This kit includes a 22×16 inch kick drum, 3 rack-toms at 10×7, 12×8, and 13×10 inches, two floor toms at 14×12 and 16×14 inches, and a 14×6 inch matched snare drum. The kick-drum had an after-market but in-house installed rack mount installed, and all drums include required mounting hardware, but no stands.
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