Matt Garstka Moves To DW

bearblastbeats

Senior Member
My brother is a head golf professional and he switched club brands because he wasn't a fan of how his rep at the time was treating him.

Could there have been some Matt and Tama drama? Yes. Do we need to know the specifics? no.
We do commercial casework at my job and sometimes we resort to residential casework in favor for good clients. Residential is essential a buy out for us because we don't manufacture face frame boxes.

Anywho, one brand we always pushed because it was sought as better than the other. Now their lead times at 2x as much as the other brand. Their quality had also been in question these past few years.

The other brand, their flag ship top tier stuff, is quite comparable to brand one. In fact, quoting their top tier box yields better construction as the other brands entry to mid level box.

Sure, the other brand doesn't have as many customization whozeitwhatsis but they do offer a good, solid, quality box, at HALF the lead time as the first brand.

I even bought the other brand for my kitchen because I need this kitchen to be done before Xmas and the rep is just easier to work with.

So, coming back to drumming here. Tama makes superior quality products, DW makes superior quality products. Maybe one contract ended, maybe there was some tension with reps vs. artists. Maybe, just MAYBE, its a preference?

I personally 4 different drum manufacturers for all four of my kits. All for different reasons, I'm not a pro drummer, but some things I like here and there than others.

Matt going to DW is not a big deal at all. In fact, I spent more time on this post than its worth and that is a bigger problem.

Cheers.
 

Mikecore

Silver Member
I wonder if age and experience tends to make endorsements matter LESS as we get a better sense for ourselves of what works or not, especially if things like rep relations and tour support are not really a consideration. I know that the more I played gigs, and therefore had to be my own drum tech, I was more concerned about the ease of setup/teardown and the mechanical aspects of the kit, since THAT was what I had to deal with no matter how the performance went. The only things I ever felt were essential for a good musical result were good sounding cymbals, and drumsticks that felt good and stayed in my hands...maybe a solid throne as well. After that, everything just has to stay put!
 

Quai34

Junior Member
There are many reasons a player makes a switch, and with pandemic conditions, it's possible he just couldn't get new Tama product/hardware/parts from Asia.




Few artists get a completely free ride, and I guarantee that DW is not giving Matt any kits. They may have comped him a snare or some pedals, but he's buying everything else (at a nice discount, of course!) But DW drums are not inexpensive, so it's doubtful Matt made the change in order to save money. I have to assume he switched because he likes DW's sound better, which is a good reason.

BTW, I'm one of those who didn't know his name although I've heard of the band. Doesn't mean he's not a good player or that he doesn't have good exposure to the band's fans.
I discovered his name and his band as an endorser with Meiñl and I liked a lot his signature China equilibrium 20". I like Tama more than DW so, I would prefer drummers to stay or be with Tama but that's all for me. But yes, the availability of high end product form Asia these days could be a major reason he switched. We are confronted to that every day when we order a product...he might have "ordered" too many time things that didn't come on time so, he changed his mind.
 
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madjack956

Well-known member
I really don't see what the big mystery is here.
DW is hands down the best sounding, sexiest looking drums in the world. Their hardware is beyond reproach.
My only question is what took him so long.:D:D:D:DLOL

p.s. apologies to C.M. Jones
 
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Good Karma

Well-known member
Indeed.

Absolut Vodka marketing is a classic example. And they could only use print ads (and killer photography in the 80s) cuz it’s booze.

FTA:
“In the US alone they saw a rise of 10,000 cases sold in 1980 to 4.5million cases in 2000.”

Absolut and water is my drink of choice. Easy on the water
 

Lee-Bro

Senior Member
In the upcoming, yet to be released podcast from Humbolt Dangon, Matt explains that Tama is a porpoise type company and DW is more of a dolphin type company. That in itself wasn't the whole motivating factor, but when he found out that DW prefers two-hump camels and Tama prefers one-hump, he had no choice but to go ahead and make the change. Then there's the whole matter of the argument of "every square is a rectangle, but not every rectangle is a square" he was a part of -but that's another story for another time.
 

spelman

Senior Member
In the upcoming, yet to be released podcast from Humbolt Dangon, Matt explains that Tama is a porpoise type company and DW is more of a dolphin type company. That in itself wasn't the whole motivating factor, but when he found out that DW prefers two-hump camels and Tama prefers one-hump, he had no choice but to go ahead and make the change. Then there's the whole matter of the argument of "every square is a rectangle, but not every rectangle is a square" he was a part of -but that's another story for another time.
Never heard of that podcast.

Then again, I only follow the Baron von Münchhausen podcasts.
 

Scottie15

Senior Member
These are business decisions, and rarely made because the player truly prefers a particular sound. Of course they ALWAYS say that the new company’s drums spoke to them, and are the best they’ve ever played. … and if it it were about sound, no one is ditching Tama Star drums for thuddy Collector’s Series.😀

Don't think he played Star drums though. I think it was only Starclassic or W/B.

But I agree, never ever understood the appeal of DW drums. I find his explanation to be bullshit. These guys are pro, it's always about the deal they're getting and the relationship.
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
All joking aside, there are a lot of companies out there making great drums. Buy what excites you and smile. We are fortunate to have such a variety.
Agreed. We're unbelievably fortunate these days.

I own Gretsch, Yamaha, DW and Ludwig kits at present. They're all charming and enjoyable in their own way. I've owned Pearl, Mapex and Tama kits in the past and felt the same way about them.

Biggest and best surprise was DW. Once I got a set of my own it became clear to me why so many professionals choose them. Why it's still a mystery to anyone... well, that's a mystery to me!
 
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River19

Senior Member
Well, the real news here is that I am still playing Tama, so I doubt the brand will feel the loss....... so there is that...... :)
 

PaisteGuy

Well-known member
Once you own a set of DWs, you get it. They're phenomenal drums.
I owned a collectors set for about a month, then traded it back to store I bought it through for a Tama kit. The collectors were good drums, but the Tama’s suit me better.
 
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