Hardware Color: Design 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™).
Graduated Counter Hoops: Design 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" toms).
STM™ - Suspension Tom Mount: 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. (U.S. Patent #5520083).
True-Pitch® Tuning Rods: To 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 DW's 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.