Early DW Set

Early DW Set

[color=rgb(51,51,51)][font='lucida grande'][size=3][left]Another Trip to Storage.[/left][/size][/font][/color]
[color=rgb(51,51,51)][font='lucida grande'][size=3][left]This time it is the "Pampered D.W. Set"[/left][/size][/font][/color]
[color=rgb(51,51,51)][font='lucida grande'][size=3][left]This set has never been used on a single live gig, and since its purchase in the early 1980s, has only seen Recording Studio work. When famed producer [/left][/size][/font][/color][url="https://www.facebook.com/michael.wagener1?directed_target_id=0"]Michael Wagener[/url][color=rgb(51,51,51)][font='lucida grande'][size=3][left] showed me an invoice from a well known Studio Drum rental company in the 80s, I said "for that amount, I could provide the best set of drums money can buy". So Michael[/left][/size][/font][/color][color=rgb(51,51,51)][font='lucida grande'][size=3][left]said "Do It!", and thus was born my company "DEAD BEAT DRUMS". Wagener and select other friends have used this set on more hit records than I could count.
In the early days of [url="https://www.facebook.com/dwdrums?directed_target_id=0"]Drum Workshop Inc. (DW Drums)[/url], I had to explain to my clients what they were ... now they are everywhere! This VERY early DW set in a walnut lacquer consists of 24", 22", 16", 14",13",12' and 10" drums. They have only become better over the last 30 years. It does have a few battle scars from Heavy Metal bands and Duck tape (thanks [url="https://www.facebook.com/garth.richardson.98?directed_target_id=0"]Garth Richardson[/url]![/left][/size][/font][/color]
Awesome looking kit! I thought early to mid 80s was 1 finish choice only, Natural Maple. Do you know the depths off hand?
The finishes were lacquer only, but there was more than one choice of stain. The sizes are:

9 x 10 200073
10 x 12 200074
11 x 13 200075
12 x 14 200076
17 x 16 200077
16 x 22 200078
16 x 24 200411
Thanks, I just looked at a 1981 catalog and order form where I had originally ordered Cherry (Starburst) color.
It's by far one of the most beautiful kits I've seen and it still looks new even after all these years. A stellar example of the earliest DWs which sold based on sound quality primarily.
I personally believe the very early DW drum outfits are some of the best ever made in the history of American Drums...They had far more orders than they could handle throughout the 1980s and no problem securing endorsers.
Yes, in fact in the early 1980s the were not even interested in Endorsees. You could go to the factory in Gardena and watch them hand pick (and tune) raw shells together to be "sets".
My intention at the time was to buy the best drums in the world. They did not disappoint me.

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