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Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.

DW Launches the Alex Gonzalez DW ICON™ Snare

Drum Workshop, Inc. is proud to present the Alex Gonzalez DW ICON™ Snare; a tribute to the legendary drummer of Latin pop icons Maná. Alex Gonzalez and his band, Maná, are one of the biggest pop/rock bands in the world.…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2023


Combining two of the world’s best acoustic and electronic drum companies to focus on delivering new innovation for drummers; Drum Workshop will operate as a standalone unit with pioneering founders retaining leadership positions. Roland is the leading global manufacturer of…

Modern Drummer
Sep 30, 2022

Ginger Baker’s Drum Workshop Collector’s Series 2015 Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Kit

In 2015 Ginger Baker took part in that year’s edition of the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, where campers are mentored by legendary rock musicians- with whom they get to perform at the end of the camp. Citing the pain…

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2022

DW & LP Named New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Official Drums

Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW) in conjunction with Latin Percussion (LP) are delighted to be gear support sponsors for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) 2022. Jazz Fest takes place over two weekends, 29th April to 1st May…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022

Ready for Our Close-Up!

Kits & Cymbals on Camera at the MD Festival So many amazing drummers contributed to our 21st Modern Drummer Festival. But they were not alone. The co-stars of the big show were the kits and cymbals used by the performers…

Modern Drummer
Feb 1, 2022

Hardware & Accessories

If percussion gear were rated like cinema fare, drum kits, snares, and cymbals would be the thrill-a-minute, skyscrapers exploding, monsters devouring Manhattan action flicks. Hardware? Probably more like a grainy, black-and-white French film from the ‘60s, where two people sit…

By Michael Molenda
Oct 29, 2021

A Wealth of Options

Christian Morissette’s Rig is Ready for Any Style Christian Morissette is a psychologist in Quebec, Canada, who somehow finds the time to not only pursue his passion for drumming, but also to do session work, run a home studio, teach…

By Michael Molenda
Jun 18, 2021

The Modern Drummer Product Guide

11 Snare Drums You Must Try There are drummers who remain loyal to one brand or configuration of snare drum throughout their careers. But there are also players such as Todd Sucherman, who has walls of shelving packed ever-so-neatly with…

By Michael Molenda
Jun 18, 2021


DW MFG Extended Footboard Models DW recently added new XF extended footboard options for the entire range of MFG pedals and hi-hat stands. The pedals are machined from aircraft-grade aluminum in California, and are offered as single and double pedals…

Modern Drummer
May 17, 2021

Gretsch, 64 Audio, DW, Malletech, Dust Palace, Craviotto

In 2011, Gretsch introduced the special-edition Renown 57 drumset, which had a unique look borrowed from classic car colors and the chevron logo. Ten years later, the company revived the series for a limited run of drumsets and snares featuring…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Gretsch, 64 Audio, Istanbul Mehmet, Latin Percussion, Promuco Percussion, DW

Gretsch Heritage Build Setups USA Custom and Broadkaster drums are now available with a Heritage Build option. This vintage-style look is available in any drum finish and features center-mount, double-ended lugs and extended tension rods of different lengths to suit…

Modern Drummer
Sep 1, 2020

New Gear from DW, Aquarian, Gon Bops, Tama, Pearl, and more

DW Collector’s Series Pure Almond Drumset Pure Almond drumsets have been added to the Collector’s Series. Features include a new staggered tandem core shell that’s said to put less tension on the shell and to balance the inherent attack and…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2019

New Gear from Gretsch, Latin Percussion, DW, 64 Audio, Nordic, and more

Gretsch Catalina Series Additions The Catalina Special Edition kit features 7-ply all-birch shells, 30-degree bearing edges, a round tom mount on the bass drum, GTS suspension mounts, and Gretsch-branded thumbscrews and bolts. A limited number of Ebony Satin and Blue…

Modern Drummer
Mar 27, 2019

DW — Collector’s Series Pure Almond Snare

Almond is a difficult timber to work with, especially for drums, because the trees are thin and they rarely grow above 30 feet. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital…

by Mike Dawson
Jan 30, 2019

DW - Contemporary Classic Drumset

When DW’s “wood whisperer,” John Good, met with studio legend Russ Kunkel to discuss building one kit for touring and another for the studio, an idea was born. For the road, DW’s Classic series was a no-brainer for Kunkel. However,…

Article by David Ciauro | Video by Michael Dawson
May 30, 2018