PDP CX Series

Marcus

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I don't know if any of you have played on DW / PDP drums before, but I have to say that I will never use any other brand again! I have a PDP CX Series 6 piece kit that is just over a year old. I love the tone of the toms, the deepness of the bass drum and the crack of the snare! I'm sold for life on these drums! The kicker is that they are affordable, they sound just like the expensive DW drums and they have some great looks to boot!
 

Marcus

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The CX Series kit comes standard with All-maple Shells, True-Pitch® Tuning to stay in tune, F.A.S.T. Tom Sizes (fusion), STM® Pro Tom Mounts (for suspension), Black Onyx Covered Finish, Matching Bass Drum Hoops and Snare, Bass Drum Pillow and DW heads by REMO.

Here my kit layout:
6-piece kit configuration includes: 18x22" bass drum, 8x10”, 9x12”, 12x14”, 14x16” toms and 5x14” snare drum. I also have additional hardware from Gibraltar, 9 Sabian B8 Pro and 3 Wuhan cymbals, Remo Tom and Snare heads and a Aquarian SuperKick II bass drum head, Toca percussion with Ahead limited addition drum sticks and a DW 7002 Double Kick Pedal (new just added).

If you want to see the pictures of my kit go to www.myspace.com/marklanham and check them out!
 

masonvonritchie

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I have a CX series 5 piece at home with Evans hydraulic heads on the toms, evans EMAD on the bass, and aquarian hi energy on the snare. For a cheap set, that set will sing if it's tuned correctly.
 

racefan33

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I just got an MX kit about 6 months ago. 8, 10, 12, 14 ,16 and 22 kick. I wanted the DW, but couldn't swing the price. I thought I could swing the cost of a Pearl or Tama but after I researched the web and played them all I was amazed with the quality and sound of these drums. I don't even need to use the 16 because the sound is so warm and deep.

I changed the top heads to Evans G2s and I put Evans EQ2 clear on the batter of the Kick. I also had to change the front unfortunately the bead on the Black Remo was cut small and was causing the wood hoops to roll over it.

The kit sounds soo good. To the point that on the first gig I used it on the guys in the band shot looks back with the thumbs up the first song that I hit some toms. They all noticed how good they sounded, without me telling them they were new drums. And the kit I was using before was no slouch, Pearl Professional Series DLX (what they call the Masters Birch now)

You can see them at my myspace http://www.myspace.com/gabrielthedrummer
 

Marcus

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I completely agree! I bought mine from a local 4 star drum shop. Before I wanted a DW kit also but could not bring myself to drop that much cash. One of the drum techs took a 12" CX PDP tom off of a kit. Then took a 12" DW Covered Finish Maple tom off the other and tuned them up. To the ear you could not tell the difference in tone just a little difference in the length of resonance. The PDP was about $1000 with hardware and the DW was about $2500 with no hardware. That sold it! I bought it a week later.
 

wolfendenstate

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I'm another PDP convert, with a CX kit, although it took me a while to get the best tom sound out of them, when you find that sweet spot they really sing. All I really want is an 18" kick drum and then I wouldn't buy another kit, unless I had plenty of disposable income of course!
 

Dale

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Marcus":3tm881e7 said:
I don't know if any of you have played on DW / PDP drums before, but I have to say that I will never use any other brand again! I have a PDP CX Series 6 piece kit that is just over a year old. I love the tone of the toms, the deepness of the bass drum and the crack of the snare! I'm sold for life on these drums! The kicker is that they are affordable, they sound just like the expensive DW drums and they have some great looks to boot!
They are great drums. Especially for the price. In fact I prefer them to the DW Collectors series. I'm glad you are enjoying your kit.
 

zen_drummer

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I bought my son a 5 piece CX kit in Red Sparkle for Christmas... They are FANTASTIC drums for the money... heck, they are FANTASTIC drums irrespective of price!
 

theman093

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My current kit is the PDP FXR...the higher end of the Birch drums they offer...and they've been FANTASTIC for me. They sound amazing and they look better than a lot of drums that you'd pay through the nose for. The ONLY criticism that I have is that I'm a touring drummer with very little funds and after a year and a half with this kit, the hardware is starting to crap out on me and it's getting a little more difficult to find a good tone and keep it there.

Therefore, I'd say that if you're out gigging 150-200 nights a year, then you should probably save up some more money and step up to something a little stronger that'll offer some longevity.

If you're either a casual drummer or play less than like 100 shows a year...then ABSOLUTELY get yourself a PDP.

Hope this helps.
 

Steaky

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theman093":2xyp8mh2 said:
My current kit is the PDP FXR...the higher end of the Birch drums they offer...and they've been FANTASTIC for me. They sound amazing and they look better than a lot of drums that you'd pay through the nose for. The ONLY criticism that I have is that I'm a touring drummer with very little funds and after a year and a half with this kit, the hardware is starting to crap out on me and it's getting a little more difficult to find a good tone and keep it there.

Therefore, I'd say that if you're out gigging 150-200 nights a year, then you should probably save up some more money and step up to something a little stronger that'll offer some longevity.

If you're either a casual drummer or play less than like 100 shows a year...then ABSOLUTELY get yourself a PDP.

Hope this helps.
I geuss thats the ultimate test of a kit. The difference between a PDP and a Collectors can't be really distinguished in the shop(the same with all the makes really). I can understand why people are bemused to find a £1500+ price difference but without a great leap in sound. But give it a couple of years and 300-400 shows and then you find out. That being said I'm sure you can be lucky with a lower end kit, but the construction and craftmanship cannot really be compromised if your a pro. It's just a shame it costs so much.
Apparently a brand new Gretsch Jazz kit in the 60's was the equivalent to a whole years wages for the average working man in the UK. That would be around £20-25K today ($40-50k). My Grandfather was a club drummer and I remember him telling me that a few years back.
:shock: :shock: :shock:
 

SGarrett

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Steaky":3gsjeljz said:
theman093":3gsjeljz said:
My current kit is the PDP FXR...the higher end of the Birch drums they offer...and they've been FANTASTIC for me. They sound amazing and they look better than a lot of drums that you'd pay through the nose for. The ONLY criticism that I have is that I'm a touring drummer with very little funds and after a year and a half with this kit, the hardware is starting to crap out on me and it's getting a little more difficult to find a good tone and keep it there.

Therefore, I'd say that if you're out gigging 150-200 nights a year, then you should probably save up some more money and step up to something a little stronger that'll offer some longevity.

If you're either a casual drummer or play less than like 100 shows a year...then ABSOLUTELY get yourself a PDP.

Hope this helps.
I geuss thats the ultimate test of a kit. The difference between a PDP and a Collectors can't be really distinguished in the shop(the same with all the makes really). I can understand why people are bemused to find a £1500+ price difference but without a great leap in sound. But give it a couple of years and 300-400 shows and then you find out. That being said I'm sure you can be lucky with a lower end kit, but the construction and craftmanship cannot really be compromised if your a pro. It's just a shame it costs so much.
Apparently a brand new Gretsch Jazz kit in the 60's was the equivalent to a whole years wages for the average working man in the UK. That would be around £20-25K today ($40-50k). My Grandfather was a club drummer and I remember him telling me that a few years back.
:shock: :shock: :shock:
Makes me wonder how the internationally touring and major label signed pro's keep their PDP kits together...
 

PDP9000

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Ya i have 2 PDP sets i have the X7 one and my Cx series one that is about four years
old and it sounds like i just bought it. There great drums to have.
 

Steaky

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Makes me wonder how the internationally touring and major label signed pro's keep their PDP kits together...[/quote]

A good Drum Tech probably goes a long way. And they probably only keep the shell pack going for an Album cycle (around 18 months to 2 years touring). Also the bands (including the drummer of course)often use hired backline to save on shipping costs when touring overseas. This is when an endorsement is really valuable because it becomes the Manufacturers responsibility to pick up the bill. So that little PDP kit isnt going to be always on stage.
A friend of mine is a Drum tech for a high profile British Band, he told me his Drummers Yamaha Absolute kit had lost its round and therefore its oomph over only a year of touring, so he rang yamaha and had them swap the kit for a new one. The guy is endorsed by them so they bent over backwards for him, but it still had to be done.
Anyway they are great kits for sure. I feel there is a difference in better made shells that gives you more back dynamically and feel wise, and they get better and looser with age as opposed to getting wacked out. As for hardware, manufacturers will obviously make concessions with the materials used depending on the projected level of the kit. Its the same with all things we buy. And it's down to how you treat it.
Food for thought
 

SGarrett

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Steaky":1d2tr5nh said:
SGarrett":1d2tr5nh said:
Makes me wonder how the internationally touring and major label signed pro's keep their PDP kits together...
A good Drum Tech probably goes a long way. And they probably only keep the shell pack going for an Album cycle (around 18 months to 2 years touring). Also the bands (including the drummer of course)often use hired backline to save on shipping costs when touring overseas. This is when an endorsement is really valuable because it becomes the Manufacturers responsibility to pick up the bill. So there little PDP isnt going to be always on stage. A friend of mine is a Drum tech for a high profile British Band, he told me his Drummers Yamaha Absolute kit had lost its round and therefore its oomph over only a year of touring, so he rang yamaha and had them swap the kit for a new one. The guy is endorsed by them so they bent over backwards for him, but it still had to be done.
I think you missed my point. :)
 

writheindecay

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amazing kits, they definately slay their pearl and tama counter parts. i was in love with the cx i had, sounded amazing. they look good too. im playing a custom kit now, but i kinda miss the pdp at times.
sucks pacific is still remembered as "that shitty cheap brand"
 

Tgaff08

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besides my CX most of my hardware is PDP as well, not cause im loyal to the brand cause its always the cheapest stuff at Guitar Center! i really have to play around to get the toms in the right position but no complaints. sweet kit.
 
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