PDP (Pacific Drums and Percussion) which is a subsidiary of DW (Drum Workshop) offers reasonably priced high-class drum equipment to drummers who might not pay for the status DW equipment.
PDP’s philosophy is to integrate the techniques developed in the DW workshops into their manufacturing programs and make them accessible to everyone. For this to be possible, they have developed the use of digitized machines to reduce costs and certain production steps, while creating a quality product, manufactured in large quantities.
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Strictly speaking, PDP was created in 2000s to provide high quality equipment to all those who cannot afford the prestige Drum Workshop equipment. The same technologies that can be found in other DW lines are used for the production of PDP drum hardware.
PDP Concept Series comes in 2 types: made 100% maple wood or 100% birch wood. The both most used woods in the industry for the realization of drums as they have with interesting sound characteristics and because are easy to acquire.
We will look at this review to maple series. The maple is a tree whose wood is white and the American type has a great density, by nature the density of the wood determines its hardness and the harder it is, the longer it takes to grow, therefore the price becomes more expensive. Usually based on the type of wood used for the construction the starting price is established.
Nowadays the maple veneers are not exactly of this species whose population is much decimated, and their place is used other types that are faster growing and therefore cheaper. But this tree produces what is undoubtedly the most used wood in high-end percussion, its acoustic properties are the most comprehensive, it provides the musician with a sound rich in low but not very loud, but very warm.
Drums from maple are the most popular choice of top-level drummers. At first glance it can be said about the big influence of DW drums series over the PDP maple concept including packing, finishing and features. The shells look great; covered with layers of shiny lacquer under which the structure of the wood is visible. They are only faceted on the inside.
Features and Specifications
- Dual-Turret Lug, True-Pitch Tension Rods and Die-Cast Claw Hooks
- Graduated Counter Hoops
- 7-ply Tom/Kick Shells and 10-ply Snare Shells
- MAG Throw-Off and Fully Chromed Snare Wires w/ Carbon Steel Coils and Brass End Plates
- Stands and Cymbals Not Included
The tubular lugs fixed to the corpse in two places show more of the shells which give the set a vintage appearance. The lugs, the tension rods and the tom mount are impressive. In general, a lesser amount of metal on the shells allows for greater resonance. This idea lies at the heart of the proportionate counter hoops.
- The 7 × 8” and 8 × 10” toms come with thin 1.5mm steel rims which guarantee that they will not “Crash” the sound of these small drums.
- The toms of 9 × 12”, 12 × 14” and 14 × 16” come with 2.0mm rims, which help to focus a little more the sound and facilitating it’s tuning.
- While the 5.5 × 14” pdp snare drum comes with 2.5mm rims (almost like the standard “True Hoops” of 3.0mm used in the DW Collectors series) that give excellent power to the “rimshots”.
PDP maple concept versus DW drums design series
The attention to design elements is interesting in this series. PDP maple concept comes with the same tuning screws used in the DW sets called the “True Pitch Tension Rods”, which are special since they have more threads, which promotes an even more specific and sensitive tuning.
To each drum skin corresponds to a sound. It is just figuring out which sound you want to give your drum set to be able to make the best choice. There is in fact a skin more in the right than another. Drum skins are mainly made of plastic with diameters ranging from 24-26”, for the bass drum, to those for the smaller 6-8” tom. The only difference lies in the quality of drumheads to the drum set. For this reason it would be better to focus on the best brands and make a choice accordingly.
The manufacturer Remo produces the most durable and long-lasting; such as the hydraulic drumheads are made with double-ply. The two layers are separated by oil which makes them free to move and which make the sound warm and full-bodied. Each has a thickness of 7 thousandths of an inch.
All the benefits come when the kit is set up and you start playing!
- There is amazing particular involved in sounding to bass drum. The pillow that comes complete with it provides enough muffling, the sound is deep, imbued with pleasant warmth, but the tone is controlled by a pillow.
- The share drum is also good. Perhaps for someone’s taste it has many overtones. But when tuning it produces a sharp and focused sound.
- The mounted toms have full balanced tones and beautiful resonance.
- The floor tom is characterized by the same tonal qualities as the mounted toms. The sound on the floor is spectacular. Warm and full of rumble in the low end.
Are PDP drums any good?
The sound of these kits is quite deep, warm and with enough resonance. As expected, the kits made in Maple have an even deeper character with enough resonance and sustained. Kits in birch produce a sound with a lot of “Punch” that sometimes seems to have a greater projection capacity than the Maple version.
One of the new “sponsors” of the PDP Concept Series is the star Cobus Potgieter who, for those who do not know him, is a South African drummer, thanks to his drum and cover videos that he constantly uploads to his YouTube channel, has achieved more than 110 million of views.
It is always surprising to find excellent products made with quality materials and a wonderful sound at a price accessible to many drummers. These drum kits come in sets of 3, 4, and 5 to 7 drums with prices from €550 to $850 for the 7 piece pdp drum set.
Drum sets are available in a variety of colorful sparkle finishes including Natural to Charcoal Fade; a color exclusive to Guitar center DW drums. Finishing is that you expect from a top-level drum kit.
Choose your perfect drum set
At present there are so many different of drum kits on the market which in turn can be defined by high (professional), medium (semi-professional) and economic (beginners) ranges. First of all, they differ in price. Very part of the range that you chose and you are willing to pay, also you will find yourself with a real dilemma. Now you have to choose between a variety of models, brands, sizes, finishes, type of wood, type of hardware and so on, but the main thing: a variety of sounds… and if you don’t have a slight notion of what we really want to acquire, we will be easy prey for some seller that to earn your commission.
Today competitiveness is the bread of every day in a globalized era and if a company is not competent, it just dies. In that competitive race, many brands offer almost the same and only differ in the systems patented by each manufacturer. The only thing that experienced musicians can do in this regard is to give personal appreciation based primarily on the desired sound and quality.
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Depending on what the musician looks for in sound, it will be the basis for choosing a particular brand. Of course, this also depends on the factors of price-quality and type of wood. Definitely a recognized brand will offer something good, but it all depends on the taste of the musician. For example, if a warmer, more harmonious sound is required, and it will be used inside a closed zone or for recording in the studio, birch wood will be ideal, but in case a thicker, more powerful tone is required will be used in open spaces, such as a concert, maple wood will be the most revealing.
Of course, all this will depend on the thickness of the shell, the number of layers in it and the size or depth of the drum. The manufacture of the drums is done through layers wood superimposed one on top of the other, and the amount of these layers will also influence the sound.
- Six- to eight-ply shells have a higher stiffness and resistance of energy transfer from the patches. With a lower vibration of the shell the sound is greater projection. Drums made of this thickness are ideal for general purpose applications or situations that need more power, such as a more open area or for a concert.
- Nine- to eleven-ply shells are very efficient and allow most of the energy of the musician to easily reach the audience. These drums are ideal for theaters, open-air concerts, venues, etc. and other uses that require high levels of sound pressure. Drums made in this thickness make each detail appreciate with intensity and projection. Bass drums and the floor toms sound well with thicker shells.
For greater versatility, toms with “standard” depths are required, that is, sizes of 12×8”, 13×9”, etc. To produce power, sizes 12×10”, 13×11”, etc. is considered. For greater sensitivity, the depths below 12×8”, 13×9”, offer it to you. Medium term between both would be 12×9”, 13×10”, etc. offering a great sensitivity and also a wide range of tonal projection. The diameter of a drum affects the tone more than anything else: the wider the drum, the lower the tone.
What do competing brands offer?
It is the musician who must find the right sound for himself, and as such, no one can say exactly this drum kit is better than another, because this will depend only on tastes of each person. The drum kit that best meets the expectations of the musician himself in sound, design, quantity pieces, finishes, etc., will be the best for him.
How much does a drum set cost?
A price for drum sets start from € 100 (basic instrument without cymbals). These drum sets are naturally “made in China” and last very little. In fact the price is so low that the test is the desire to buy one with the hope of improving their own in the future if you decide to get serious, but there is a drawback: the equipment is really pathetic and it breaks after a few uses, in addition to the fact that second-hand is not if the buy none because these pieces of cardboard are not have the market.
Starting to make a few names we find instead the various brands such as Tamburo, Tama, Mapex, Yamaha, DW/PDP that offer according to the needs a varied offer of excellent models to start having fun and at the same time they can be good to play in public. As the difference in the quality of the woods is not significant in the economic bands, it is therefore advisable to move towards the models starting from € 350 to € 600.
Moreover these drums are very commercial and are among the most used as utilitarian, that is as second drum sets. Any sale on the used market always makes a few hundred euros.
You get a lot of DW quality with the Design Series 5-piece Shell Pack! The Design Series drums feature DW’s Hard Rock maple HVLT shell, known for their incredibly punchy, snappy tone. When you’re putting together a drum kit for stage or studio use, you want top-notch quality that you know will last for years. DW created the Design Series to offer you the chance to play DW’s legendary tone and reliability at a lower cost.
And the high-gloss lacquer finish looks awesome under stage lights – sound like a pro, look like a pro! For reasonably priced drums that will exceed your expectations choose DW’s Design Series drums. DW Design Series 5-piece Shell Pack Features: 8″ x 10″ rack tom 9″ x 12″ rack tom 14″ x 16″ floor tom 18″ x 22″ bass drum 5.5″ x 14″ snare Maple shell enhances snap and attack for a punchy sound True Pitch tuning rods let you fine-tune your sound Full-suspension floor tom legs included Gloss lacquer finish
- The Design Series offers you DW quality at fraction of the price
- HVLT shells are sturdy with a warm, open tone and added projection
- Low-mass mini turret lugs put less weight on the shell giving you a more true, and resonant sounding drum
- MAG throw-off delivers precise and stable snare tension
- Remo heads give you the best possible sound, right out of the box