Product Close-Up: Dixon Artisan Select Drumset

April 2013
Product Close-Up
Artisan Select Drumset

by Miguel Monroy

Imagine the day finally comes when you get to purchase your dream drumset. You’ve been researching the characteristics of different species of wood, you’ve thought of the coolest color, and you have the exact sizes figured out. As you place the specs for your ideal set in front of your local drum dealer, the last thing you want to be told is that he or she has no idea how to make it all possible. This is exactly the type of situation that Dixon hopes to resolve with its Artisan series.

Shell Configurations

The Artisan line is composed of three shell configurations. Artisan TMS provides a traditional maple shell, a type that drummers have relied on for years because of its ability to deliver a versatile, warm sound. Artisan MBS consists of bubinga inner plies and maple outer plies. This popular hybrid shell maintains the warmth of maple while providing a deeper fundamental tone.

The third and most expansive configuration is Artisan Select, which allows you to choose from a wide selection of wood species to create the exact sound you desire. This was the type of kit we received for review.


Be sure to check out the complete review in the April 2013 issue of Modern Drummer.