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Old 06-13-2017, 09:20 PM
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Default Re: Buying a custom DW set

I would like to type this out at least once:

I think a lot of the DW hate and "overpriced," "sound like garbage," etc comments come from 2 camps:

1. People who can't afford them and therefore feel the need to speak down about them in some way to convince themselves they don't want them.

2. People who don't know how to tune.

I've found Pearls and Yamaha's to be much easier to tune than DW's. The difference is that once you learn the nuances of tuning DW's, you'll be able to get sounds out of them that you'd never get out of a Pearl or a Yamaha. I also think head selection has a lot to do with it. I think a lot of people's experience with a DW kit is to sit behind one on display in a music store with factory heads on it and then there's this huge let down when it doesn't sound amazing.

I speak from experience here because I'm actually on my second go-round with DW. I bought my first Collectors kit back in 2003 and it was a 2001 model in Black Velvet. I bought DW 100% for the name. I'd never heard or played DW's before. I took them home along with a brand new set of Evans heads, did my best to tune them, and was 100% disappointed. I spent a lot of time with Pearl drums after that and they were nice drums that sounded good, but lacked the warmth and depth that I found myself beginning to crave. In 2014 I got my second DW kit and played it side-by-side against my Pearl Masters kit. There was no comparison. It those 11 years, though, I'd learned a great deal about tuning, head selection, hoops, and shell construction. I'd begun to understand what features were likely to give me the sound I wanted. Turns out that sound is the magic DW has created in their Collectors Maple drums with thin shells, re-rings, flanged hoops and somehow the hardware plays a role as well. A lot of video's you'll see of people comparing DW to another brand has the other brand in-tune and the DW with dissonant overtones still. If you'd take the time and learn how to get that DW in tune, it would be a much better comparison and DW would probably come out on top.
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