DW Performance Series Snare Drum - 5.5"x14" - Cherry Stain Lacquer

5.5" x 14" Snare Drum - Cherry Stain
DW Performance Series Snare Drum - 5.5
DW Performance Series Snare Drum - 5.5
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DW Performance Series Snare Drum - 5.5"x14" - Cherry Stain Lacquer
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DW Quality, Amazing Price!

Delivering unbelievable resonance and projection thanks to DW's proprietary HVX shell, Performance Series drums provide you with great sound at a real-world price. Built from a blend of eight plies of hand-selected North American hard rock maple, they dole out solid, thunderous punch every time you step onstage. On top of that, you get a scaled-down version of DW's trademark turret lug, as well as onboard True-Pitch tuning and 45-degree back-cut bearing edges. The DW Performance Series drums are an amazing value.

DW Performance Series at a Glance:
  • Punchy tones from HVX maple shells
  • Engineered for superior sound
Punchy tones from HVX maple shells

The Performance Series HVX shells blend horizontal, vertical, and diagonal plies of hand-selected North American hard rock maple (eight in total) and are voiced to give you solid low mids with a lot of punch and articulation. You'll find that these drums offer resonance and projection that's perfect for live performance. The maple shells give your sound definition and great response. You won't have to fight with mushy tones that get lost in the mix either, thanks to maple's natural brightness and clarity. Add a powerful punch and attack to your kit with the DW Performance Series.

Engineered for superior sound

Gain more control over your tuning and your tone with DW's Performance Series. True-Pitch tuning rods use a tighter threaded tension rod so you can more precisely intonate your kit. True-Pitch tuning rods have 20% more threads than common tuning rods, so the DW Performance Series drums can be tuned more precisely than most drums on the market. Plus, DW endowed the Performance Series drums with their STM suspension tom mount. This patented system allows your toms to resonate freely, maximizing the tonality while keeping the drum securely in place. And the 45-degree back-cut bearing edge minimizes contact with the drum head, which allows the head and the shell to resonate more freely for incredible sound. At Sweetwater we understand the importance of value, and we're confident that you'll be impressed at how much drum you get for the money with the DW Performance Series!

DW Performance Series 5.5" x 14" Snare Features at a Glance:
  • Finish: Cherry Stain
  • 5.5" x 14" Snare
  • New Quarter Turret Lug
  • Low-Mass Die-Cast Claw Hook
  • New Badge
  • Logo head
  • Hand-sprayed Specialty Lacquer finishes
  • Easy To Tune
  • Sounds like what you'd expect from DW
  • Superior sounding HVX shells
  • DW Heads by Remo USA
  • STM (Suspension Tom Mounts
  • TruePitch Tuning
  • 45 degree back-cut bearing edges
Serious drums at a great price with DW's Performance Series!

Tech Specs

Type Snare drum
Shell (Depth x Diameter) 5.5" x 14"
Shell Construction 10-ply
Shell Material Maple HVX blend
Color Cherry Stain
Finish Lacquer
Heads Remo USA
Manufacturer Part Number DRPL5514SSCS

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This is truly a fine musical instrument.

I originally wanted to give this a 4.5 star rating because for some reason, the heads were not *properly* installed and tuned up. They were too loose and the tension was extremely uneven. The sound it produced out of the box was completely unusable (this wasn't a surprise though because the 6-piece Performance Series kit and 7-piece PDP Concept Maple sets I put together had the exact same problem). Fortunately, something happened that was awesome and totally unexpected. Read on. :) When I discovered that the heads seemed to have been installed by someone who doesn't know what they are doing (or doesn't care), I thought I was going to find that they're permanently damaged from sitting in the box so long with that uneven tension just like I had with the two sets I mentioned parenthetically above (yeah, I had to replace all the heads on those drums). So, I carelessly "tuned" the drum without testing the sound ONCE (I fully expected to be replacing the heads at this point). All I did for both heads was I raised the tension to something that felt normal and mostly even to me with my ~20 years of tuning experience, and then I played one solitary note on the drum. I mean, I only hit the drum once. After that, I was instantly in love! I sat there for a few seconds in disbelief at what I just heard. There I was, hearing a FANTASTIC sound from these heads that were installed extremely carelessly by someone. So then I kept playing it. I couldn't stop. This thing is unbelievable! It has a sound that has to be heard to be believed. It's powerful and yet extremely musical. It has a very very very wide tuning range and it always produces a fantastic sound in all tunings. This snare is truly a fine musical instrument. It's very easy to play this drum too because it's almost plays itself due to being quite loud. It definitely projects! Even so, it's fully capable of being super quiet too. It is truly a high-end DW maple snare drum. It is truly a fine musical instrument. I'm still using the stock heads and even the stock snare wires (but I realize that these are actually high-end DW stock heads and snare wires). I purchased my preferred heads and wires before buying this snare with a plan to replace them all immediately, except now I don't want to! I haven't even taken these heads off yet to have that fun of inspecting the interior and admiring the DW craftsmanship and I've had this snare since early December of 2016! Then there's the awesome DW MAG Snare Throw-Off (but with a standard style but stylish butt-plate, so it's not the full system). This thing is awesome for more than just the magnetic design that holds the lever up. The tension adjustment knob is designed in such a way where even turning it just a couple of millimeters adjusts the snare wire tension noticeably. It's extremely convenient because making big adjustments to the snare wire tension can be done SUPER fast with this. I used to hate changing my snare wire tension for certain songs because sometimes I didn't have enough time and I'd have to continue trying to find the right tension after the song started, but now I just make one little adjustment and I'm done. Even if I need to make another adjustment after the song starts, that's fine because it's super easy with this. Even though noticeable changes can be made with super tiny adjustments to the knob, it's still super easy to make extremely tiny changes for fine-tuning the tension. Unfortunately, I have to nit-pick something, but I think it's something most people don't care about. There's one more reason why I wanted to give this a 4.5-star rating. Out of the box, this snare drum was rather dusty and it had some sort of greasy or oily finger prints in several places on the shell, lugs, snare throw-off, and the hoops. So yeah, I had to clean it. Well I guess I didn't *have* to, but still. No, the fingerprints weren't coming from me (I checked, and besides that, I washed my hands just before unboxing it). Anyway, so yeah, this snare drum is truly a fine musical instrument. My only disappointment is, DW didn't do the high-gloss lacquer on the inside of my snare. I am guessing they decided to stop "enhancing brightness and attack" with that. So, this disappointment is extremely mild. I was really only looking forward to seeing the clear high-gloss lacquer on the inside for myself. I was thinking that I'd like to see that in person to admire the beauty. The snare still produces an absolutely fantastic sound with a "normal" interior. I think I'm glad they didn't do the high-gloss lacquer on the inside because this snare doesn't need enhanced brightness or attack. It's perfect as it is!
Music background: Playing drums semi-professionally for close to 24 years
See also: drum snare, DW, DW Snare Drums