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True-Sonic Snare Puts a Modern Twist on a Vintage Favorite

Article by Sean Mitchell // October 01 2014
True-Sonic Snare Puts a Modern Twist on a Vintage Favorite

Drum Workshop, Inc. has recently announced the release of a snare drum that pays tribute to an American classic, but also includes today’s latest innovations and build-quality. The aptly named True-Sonic features a pre-tensioned, highly-adjustable Snare Bridge™ that provides orchestral- like sensitivity and articulation. DW Founder, Don Lombardi, expounds, “So many drummers had the original design, I happen to be one of them. Today, drummers prize these snares because they have a very distinct voice. We thought we could bring this drum back, but make several key improvements. The pre-tensioned wires worked, but were never easy to adjust and wouldn’t throw-off completely. The shells were also very inconsistent. After playing it for a while and showing it to some of our artists, I feel that we’ve added another interesting texture to our DW snares. That’s what it’s all about, giving drummers more to work with and more sounds to spark their creativity.”

The 5x14” dual-beaded chrome-over-brass shell comes with chrome hardware, MAG™ throw- off system with 3P™ (3 position) butt-plate, True Tone™ snare wires, True Pitch™ stainless steel tension rods, 3.0mm steel True Hoops™, and DW Heads by Remo® USA.

Lombardi adds, “Rich Sikra (DW Head of Manufacturing) and I worked very hard on this project. We wanted to make sure it had the character of the original, but with all of the modern upgrades that drummers expect these days. We spent a lot of time dialing in the snare beds and testing them to make sure the Snare Bridge was doing its job. We even added a resonant Diplomat head to achieve the sound we thought most drummers like about this type of drum. The details always take the most work.”

Retail price is $915.00. For further information, contact your local DW drum dealer or Drum Workshop, Inc. at: 3450 Lunar Court, Oxnard, CA, 93030, tel: 805-485-6999, fax: 805-485-1334, web: www.dwdrums.com.


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Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell has been an active participant in the drumming industry for over 20 years. He has studied under Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge and Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Sean is also a songwriter and regularly performs with his wife (and singer) Jill Mitchell. Sean proudly endorses Aquarian Drumheads.

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