by David Ciauro
DW’s foray into making all-cherry shells aims to meet the needs of drummers who are fans of maple and birch but are looking for a union of the two that yields slightly darker results. DW executive vice president and drum designer John Good states in the accompanying press release, “Cherry is a really resonant wood [with] some of the characteristics of maple and some of the characteristics of birch. It’s an uncommon wood in the drum-making world, and that’s one of the reasons I like it so much.”
We were sent a four-piece bop-style kit, featuring 8-ply all-cherry HVLT (Horizontal/Vertical Low Timbre) shells in satin oil finish with nickel hardware. The kit comprised a 10-lug 5×14 snare with a magnetic throw-off and three-position butt plate, a 6-lug 8×12 tom with no mounting hardware, an 8-lug 14×14 floor tom, and an 8-lug 14×18 bass drum with two DW BPD2 dampening pillows mounted inside, touching both heads. All of the drums were outfitted with DW’s True Hoops, True-Pitch Tension Rods, and clear/coated Remo-made drumheads.
Here’s how the kit sounds when tuned tight. (click here)
Here’s how the kit sounds when tuned medium-tight. (click here)
Here’s how the kit sounds when tuned medium. (click here)
Here’s how the kit sounds when tuned low. (click here)