Snares On Steroids

DW is beefing up its Collector’s Series big time with four new snare drum models. That alone would be enough but they each get a major hardware upgrade with DW's proprietary MAG Throw-Off system.

The new models include the Top Edge, Super Solid Edge, Solid-Stave and Vintage Steel models. The Top Edge (retail pricing from $1199-$1699) features a heavy-gauge alloy Edge ring at the top and X-Shell 10-ply maple below. Edge rings are available in chrome and gold only and the wood section can be customized in any available Custom Shop finish. The Super Solid Edge (retail $1499-$1699) is a 3-piece maple/walnut solid wood shell that’s available in a 3/8”, ½” or ¾” thickness.

Also added to the DW solid shell selection is the Solid-Stave (retail $999). Offered in Oak with a Natural Lacquer finish, Ash in an Ebony Stain Lacquer and Para wood with a Walnut Stain Lacquer finish, each can be customized in any of five drum hardware plating choices.

The Vintage Steel (retail $749-$799) drums feature thick rolled 5 mm steel shells with a unique ribbed exterior. Available in Vintage Copper and Vintage Brass, each can be customized in any Custom Shop drum hardware color.

A new upgrade to these drums and all other Custom Shop snare drums is the new MAG Throw-Off System. The system includes the MAG drop throw-off and 3P 3-position butt plate. The throw-off features a magnetic drop-style mechanism with unique horizontal strainer adjustment and the 3P butt plate allows drummers to quickly and easily select one of three wire tensions with the flick of a lever. The new MAG System is available in all five Custom Shop drum hardware offerings. The side-to-side Delta ball-bearing throw-off is still available upon request.