FYI, my Performer set is cherry stain. Gorgeous! But you're right, the selection is small.I DO think they could kick out some kits with better finishes than that satin or finish ply (wrap) without the buyer having to get bent over... How 'bout they sling some reasonable lacquer finishes...
Here is my Performance set. The lugs are smaller and (to me) more attractive than the ones on the other series. Of course, this is subjective and everybody will have their own opinion.I think if I was ever to buy a DW kit I'd probably go the Performance series route. Good value there. Are the lugs a bit smaller on those? If so, that's a good thing!
Yep, can't wait to see what they do with Slingerland.Time to bring this up to date lol. They acquired Slingerland recently. Say what you want about this company, they’re not one to rest on their laurels.
Yep. I hear the different heads and tunings and even the different way the sound engineer dialed in each individual kit and that may have even been completely different people on each as well. Unfortunately I can't help you differentiate those sounds from the actual overall sound of the drum itself. To me there are glaring differences in the actual base sound of the two drum sets that are very obvious even in the very "processed" mixes of these kits.Two different headings/tunings is what I'm hearing
Sorry, but Gavin's Sonor kit sounds far warmer and richer than Sheila E's DW kit. It's not even close. And it's not heads/tuning/processing either. That's a fundamental difference in how these drums sound. I'm sure heads/tuning/processing contributes to the differences, but these are fundamental differences based primarily on shell construction. And this 100% corresponds to how these kits have sounded when I've played them or heard them up close.Two different headings/tunings is what I'm hearing
I'm an older guy, 61, and have been a gigging drummer since I was 16. My first good kit was a set of super clean 1965 Slingerlands that I bought when I was 18 years old and out on my own. I sold them in the early eighties when I was a struggling newlywed, and went through a few lesser kits in that decade.I am always puzzled by the amount of DW naysayers there are , especially in the United States . DW literally resurrected a sickly US Drum industry . Gretsch was almost non- existent , Slingerland and Rogers a memory and Ludwig a shadow of itself with quality issues . DW proved that an American Company could compete with the Japanese giants . You would think more Americans would be grateful for DW for this .
I have owned two DW kits , I own none now . Both the DW kits I owned were fine kits ( Collectors Maple and Jazz Series ) very well made and each had beautiful bearing edges and unique hardware features . My former DW Jazz series kit was far superior in sound and build quality to any of the 7 Gretsch kits I have owned over the years . I had a few reasons for selling my DW kits - it had nothing to do with build quality of sound .
DW deserves more respect for their efforts IMHO. They make very nice drums , especially their maple/ Mahogany and Cherry/Mahogany series .
I bought one of their Low Pro kits to use for rehearsals and jam sessions and I am very pleased with it . The design is great and the drums are very portable and lightweight and sound far better than I expected .