DW Drums Performance
DW Drums Performance

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DubiousDubs 12/06/2011

DW Drums Performance : DubiousDubs's user review

« Amazing sound and very affordable! »

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DW and affordable don’t usually fit in the same sentence. However, I am a fan of usage before labelling, and thus, I took home an “affordable DW snare.” It features a renewable wood source of north American grown maple shells like most of DW’s recent offerings this millennium. I have found in the past, the maple DW uses provides warm sound that projects nicely regardless of dynamic room shapes. Also I find with this snare, it has a deep, punchy fundamental tone that goes real nice amongst the rest of my deep-dish set. . The stock head was a remo head and did not disappoint.

My unit color choice I chose was a dark cherry satin lacquer finish, which I think accents my setup really nicely. But again, I am going for tone, sound, and not looks alone, although it would be foolish to argue that looks don’t matter, because they do. Mine is a 5x14 inch snare, and has nice silver hardware. I enquired about getting black finished hardware, but was told it would bump me up to a custom snare order, which would bump up my price another $200+, something out of the question.

About the sound: it has nice sustain and amazingly great tone. I would go so far to say this is the best snare drum I have ever owned purchased new, that can do so much. I say this because I have realized it is a jack-of-all trades snare. When tuned tight the snare comes alive with an attack that goes amazing with pop music, more so jazz. That’s not to say it can’t do other things well, as I have tuned it looser to play rock, metal, blues, you name it. This snare comes through with a clear punch. What more can one ask for? Cheap, nicely made, looks great, plays amazing, can do a ton of different sounds, and can take a pounding.