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The DW Performance Series features a proprietary drum shell called HVX, referring to its grain orientation made up of horizontal, vertical and diagonal plies. The 8-ply all-maple shells, made from hand-selected North American Hard Rock Maple, are said to provide a low-mid frequency range with plenty of punch, articulation and are perfect for a wide variety of musical applications.
In addition to a brand new shell design, Performance Series drums also feature a new look courtesy of scaled-down version of DW’s trademark turret lug, called a “Quarter Lug”. The snare drum even features a completely new dual-mini turret lug. The snare also features DW’s new MAG drop throw-off and heavy-gauge flanged steel counter hoops. The entire set comes equipped with graduated counter hoops: 8”& 10” are 1.6mm, 12” to 16” are 2.3mm and the 14” snare drum is 3mm. Other professional grade features include, True Pitch Tension Rods, STM (Suspension Tom Mounts), low mass die cast claw hooks, DW heads by Remo U.S.A. and five distinct hand-sprayed lacquer finishes: White Ice, Sapphire Blue, Cherry Stain Lacquer, Ebony Stain Lacquer and Black Mirra. Good continues, “We wanted this to be a kit that more drummers could afford, but we didn’t want to cut corners. It’s really a challenge to hit a certain price point and not give up on quality or performance. In this case, we really did have to Perform. We included many of the features that you’ll find on one of our more expensive Custom Shop sets. I think we’ve come out with a pro-quality kit that has its own sonic personality and can translate to just about any genre of music today.”