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Pdp Drums

Reviewing: Pdp Pacific Drums N/A  |  Rating:
moose By moose on
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Drums can be very personal, just as most musical instruments are. In the pursuit of a new kit, there are a lot of variables to look at, however, PDP is making some of the best drums for the money out there right now and are definately worth looking into.

PDP is a relatively new player on the scene, but they're under the flag of one of the most respected drum makers in the world - DW (Drum Workshop). I've used the analogy that PDP is to DW what Epiphone is to Gibson. You're getting a product reaping the benefits of the top makers, but not paying all the extra for the details we'd all like, but can't necessarily always afford.

Most of PDP's line is made from an all maple shell, most of there lines after that are determined only by the finishes, dimensions and hardware options that you may be looking for. Most of the line also comes with DW's F.A.S.T. tom dimensions, which you either may or may not be a fan of (although I highly recommend them).

Hardware - Most of the mid-to upper-end lines come with the 8.155 hardware package which for the most part is what you'd expect from the money - it's solid, double-braced hardware that is well thought-out and reliable. I haven't seen their highest level of hardware package, the 9.155, however, from what I can tell, it's the same thing with just a little extra put into the braces and joints. The hardware on the drums, the lugs, are very much the same as what DW uses on their drums with their highly recognizable circle shape, modified into an oval for the PDP lines. When broken apart however, I had a few of the brass screws either strip or break in the lug (this being one of the headaches of not owning a bonified DW kit I'm sure). Although, the lugs do include a molded plastic barrier between the metal and the shell - reducing the metal to wood contact which is always a bonus.

Kick Drum - WOW! The standard 22" bass drum really delivers. I put an Evans EQ batter on the drum and added a nice port in the factory front head and it doesn't matter where that mic ends up - the drum gives you eveything you're looking for - good punch with a resounding low-end you feel in your chest every time.

Toms - Love 'em - It takes a little patience tuning these guys - my current dimensions include: 10", 12" and 14" with DW's F.A.S.T. configuration. Not being used to a shallower shell, it took some experimentation to find where the drums really sing-out, but when you find that sweet-spot, look out! I outfitted my batter heads with Remo's clear pinstripe line and they do a great job of controlling any ring and give the drums a nice clear tone with all the punch you may be looking for.

Snare Drum - Well, you can't have everything. This seems to be the achilles heel of the kit. In my own research before buying I had read similar reviews of the snare drum - It's not a bad drum, it just doesn't seem to sound like it's from the same caliber of the rest of the kit. When you listen to the kit as a whole, what you want to hear is a snare that would probably cost about 3/4 of what the set costs, but it's not there. I put my secret weapon on it (Evans Dry batter - with the pin-hole ports) hoping for a tighter sound - and I got it, but the snare still lacks that fatter sound you'd normally get from a drum with a little more girth to it. It will eventually be replaced, but I'm not in a rush to do so.

Overall, I'm in love with this kit. I did a stupid amount of research before opening my wallet for these, but I'm very pleased with this purchase. For the money, you're getting a kit maybe only one or two other makers can even come close to. Try 'em out - I'm sure you'll agree.