2012 NAMM Preview: DW Tamo Ash Exotic Collector’s Series

(Sung to the tune of “Sgt. Peppers Lonley Hearts Club Band”): It was 40 years ago today, Don Lombardi asked John Good to play …

Well, not precisely. In fact, 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of Drum Workshop, the American drum company that rose from a meager Los Angeles teaching studio into a churning powerhouse in the drum and hardware sector. To celebrate this momentous milestone, DW will launch a limited edition Tamo Ash Exotic Collector’s Series drum set at the 2012 NAMM Show in January.

Part of the company’s legacy can be found right inside the veneer of this special, limited-edition kit. It turns out that tamo was one of the very first finishes DW used for its Exotic Collector’s Series, but it wasn’t until just recently that Good found a tamo log whose figuring and grain met with his approval. Good worked with DW’s lead painter Louie Garcia to create a Metallic Pewter Burst lacquer that fades to the natural beauty of the wood. And DW has even gone so far as to create a limited-run of vintage pewter plating to adorn all the drum hardware. Talk about detail.

In addition to the unique finish, the timbre-matched 40th Anniversary Collector’s Series set also includes standard DW Custom Shop features such as graduated True Hoop counter hoops, STM (Suspension Tom Mounts) with newly-reengineered TB12 tom brackets, True Pitch tension rods, MAG throw-off system, DW heads by Remo USA, and a Monorail shock-mounted internal microphone system with custom silver Audix D6 bass drum microphone.

Only 100 40th Anniversary Collector’s Series Exotic kits will be available worldwide and each comes with an official certificate of authenticity signed by Good and DW founder, Don Lombardi. The kit includes 10" x 8", 12" x 9", 14" x 12", and 16" x14" toms, a 14" x 5.5", and a 22" x 18" bass drum. Hardware and pedals are sold separately. Retail price is $11,814.