DW Drums 45th Anniversary Kit from the Forest of the Violins 145 drum sets made from Italian Stradivarius Spruce DW Drums Limited Edition Collector's Series 45th Anniversary drum set Officially named the Limited Edition Collector's Series 45th Anniversary drum sets, the 145 kits that DW Drums makes to celebrate their 45th Anniversary as a brand, are a unique piece of work, wood and craftsmanship. And it gets better: they are made of Stradivarius spruce, the same wood used for building the most expensive violins in the world. John Good, DW's 'Woodologist,' found this special wood in the Paneveggio Forest - also known as the 'Forest of the Violins' - in the Fiemme Valley in Northern Italy. DW Drums is the first-ever drum manufacturer to be allowed to harvest the most sought after acoustic wood in the world.

Crafted in DW's California Custom Shop in Oxnard, CA the drum sets feature a core of Norwegian Spruce with an outer layer of highly figured European Sycamore finished in a Natural-to-Candy Black Burst Lacquer Specialty finish.

Each drum is encircled with a detailed center inlaid band with the DW logo and the Roman numeral 45. These inlays are laser-cut and hand-assembled exotic woods including Italian Grey Poplar, Black-Dyed Pearwood, and Blue Sapphire-Dyed Koto. Naturally, a special 45th Anniversary DW logo badge is on the drums as well.

DW Drums 45th Anniversary Kit

DW 45th Anniversary 6-piece Shell Pack
  • Natural to Candy Black Burst fade Finish
  • DW Custom Shop nickel-plated hardware
  • Graduated True-Hoops impart the appropriate weight to each shell size
  • True-Pitch 50 tension rods have high thread counts for exact tuning
  • S.T.M (Suspension Tom Mounts) to enhance tom resonance
  • M.A.G. Throw-Off System with 3P (3 position butt plate)
  • Includes 2 DWSM991 high tom holders
  • DW Heads by Remo U.S.A.

  • Snare 6.5" x 14"
  • Mounted Toms 8" x 10", 9" x 12"
  • Floor Toms 12" x 14", 14" x 16"
  • Bass Drum 18" x 22"
  • A signed certificate of authenticity

The price of the kits is quite the number, but it doesn't come near the $12,000 Yamaha asks for their 50th Anniversary kits, of which there are only 50 made, we should add. The DW 6-piece kit costs around $7,999.99, including the snare.

DW 45th Anniversary Kit with John Good and JR Robinson
DW's John Good and legendary drummer and session musician John "JR" Robinson give a show and tell on the Collector's Series 45th Anniversary drum set.

The Making of the 45th Anniversary Set
Join John Good as he travels to the Stradivari Forest to hand select lumber for this very special, limited edition Collector's Series 45th Anniversary drumset. From log to finely-crafted instrument, experience each painstaking step of the manufacturing process as narrated by DW's resident Woodologist.

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