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, he also desired something that offered a “crossover feel for diversity in the studio,” according to Good. The result is the Contemporary Classic series. These drums possess similar sonic qualities to the Classic series, with a little something extra that would allow Kunkel to adapt to the ever-changing musical demands in the studio.