Drum Workshop has announced the introduction of a new wood choice to its award-winning Collector’s Series line. Pure Almond is the hardest wood currently offered in the California Custom Shop assortment, DW says: ‘possessing a bright sonic personality in the same family as Pure Oak and Pure Purpleheart’.
Handcrafted in DW’s California Custom Shop, the Pure Almond drums feature a new ‘Staggered Tandem Core’ shell design that puts less tension on the shell and balances the inherent attack and brightness of the almond wood. Each hand Timbre Matched drum is finished in a distinct Toasted Almond to Natural Burst Lacquer Speciality finish, and can be complemented with any Custom Shop hardware colour (chrome/satin chrome/nickel/black nickel/gold).
Offered seasonally, approximately 50 drum sets and 50 snare drums will be produced in 2018. Each drum is specially labelled and signed by John Good, DW Drums’ Executive Vice President and Drum Designer.
‘We harvested the almond wood from old, no longer economically viable almond trees that were being replaced,’ explains Good. ‘We gave them new life and created a thing of beauty. Play these drums, it will move you.’
Meanwhile, DW has added a Single Chain Pedal (AH4) to its classic 5000 Series hardware line. The new Single Chain Pedal (AH4) features include the Tri-Pivot Toe Clamp, lightweight aluminium bass plate with new rubber grip surface, a Dual-Bearing Spring Rocker, Accelerator cam, the popular 101 two-way beater and more.
DW founder Don Lombardi explains: ‘The 5000 pedal is the very foundation of our company. Since the early days, we’ve released many new models, but through it all, the 5000 has remained a top choice. That’s the greatest compliment we can receive. This new model gives players the feel of the original single chain-and-sprocket 5 with some of our latest advancements. We think drummers will love it!’