Florida-based Ddrum debuted all-maple Dios series drumsets in 2008, and they quickly became the top choice of many of the company’s artists and customers. So why was the Dios line discontinued in 2012? We asked Ddrum’s director of marketing and artist relations, Felix DeLuna. “We were attempting to follow suit with the rest of the industry with drums that had a bit of vintage swagger and traditional sizes,” DeLuna explained. “That was the origin of the Paladin Maple series, which were great-sounding drums. However, that aesthetic wasn’t embraced by our current fans, nor did it really bring in any new fans. We were too young of a company to succeed with a ‘vintage-inspired’ line.”

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