Design Series is a DW kit through and through. From the mini Turret lug, to Remo USA-made Suede outline logo heads, to a sleek silver and white badge, its looks are fresh and decidedly familiar. Add to that, custom-inspired features such as durable Specialty Lacquer finish, STM (Suspension Tom Mounts), True-Pitch Tuning, MAG throw-off, low-mass die cast claw hooks, and more. Last, but certainly not least, there's the sound. These are thicker shells that pack a punch. Incorporating HVLT (Vertical Low Timbre shell with a horizontal outer ply), Design Series all-maple shells are full, resonant, and responsive.
Tailored for just about every style of musicDesign Series 8" toms feature a 7-ply HVLT construction, while the snares feature 10-ply HVX, and the 10"-18", along with all bass drums, feature 8-ply HVLT construction
Design Series Standard HeadsDW Design Series drums come standard with a set of heads made specially for DW by Remo. Bass drums feature Clear P3-style batter heads (with inlay ring) and Suede White resonant Logo heads (vented) both made in U.S.A. Snare drums come with Coated Control Sound batter heads (with tuning sequence numbering) and Clear snare side resonant heads. Toms come standard with Clear batter and resonant heads. Crimped flesh hoops provide maximum vibration and durability
Hardware ColorsDesign Series drums are available exclusively in Chrome. This includes lugs, hoops, STM, and tom legs. The Design Series "turret lug" is a scaled-down version of the famous round DW lug (a step smaller from Performance Series), while the snare drums get a unique "propeller" look all their own. Keep in mind, our stands are available in Chrome, Black Nickel, and 24 Karat Gold.
Graduated Counter HoopsDesign Series are available exclusively with Chrome Standard Triple Flange Hoops to give your drums a great versatile sound. Steel Triple Flange Hoops come in graduated weights (1.6mm for 8 & 10" toms, 2.3mm for 12-18" toms and snare).
STM -DW's patented STM (suspension tom mount) system allows drums to vibrate freely, 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.
- Suspension Tom Mount
DW MAG Snare Throw-off SystemDW Throw Offs Design Series comes with the MAG throw-off finished in Chrome. A purposefully simple design, the MAG (U.S. Patent No. 7,902,444) is a workhorse drop throw-off with horizontal tension adjustment and smooth, easy-adjust action. It gets its name from a clever magnet that's integrated into the body of the throw-off. When the handle is in the up position, it won't release without a slight tug. When it does release it throws the strainer completely off the head to avoid any strainer buzz.
True-Pitch Tuning RodsTo 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 our 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.
Floor Tom LegsFloor Tom Legs Design Series resonant floor tom legs are 1/2" in diameter, 21" in length and fabricated in chrome-plated steel.
- Rack Tom: 8x10"
- Rack Tom: 9x12"
- Floor Tom: 14x16"
- Bass Drum: 18x22"
- Snare Drum: 5.5x14"NOTE: Shell kit only. Cymbals and hardware sold separately.