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  1. There really is a Kalamazoo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by musiqman View Post
    My bad you guys are correct. I was mis informed <img src="https://www.pearldrummersforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=496228"/>
    It's ok!! The term seems to have become what people call pre 1997 Keller DW kits (even though it is wrong).
    I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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    Still I am wandering when they started to use the term Collectors, since they made drums since '77 and the ''Collectors'' badge was used from '93.

    My vintage kit from the 80's used Dw's first badge btw:



    (It also feautures the old Tama brackets, the original Camco T-rods on the kick were replaced for regular ones by the previous owner)

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    Quote Originally Posted by musiqman View Post
    Still I am wandering when they started to use the term Collectors, since they made drums since '77 and the ''Collectors'' badge was used from '93. My vintage kit from the 80's used Dw's first badge btw: (It also feautures the old Tama brackets, the original Camco T-rods on the kick were replaced for regular ones by the previous owner)
    I would also love to know when they started using the term Collectors series. I love those 80's DW kits...they are hard to come by. Yours must be especially early!
    I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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    They are amazing. So thin and light. The sound is so different then modern models. And it aged so well (like very mint condition) having spend its time in a Nashville studio environment (and now in a Dutch environment)

    Serial numbers are 4 digits so very low:
    8x8: B1634 (this is a early 90's tom, made later for the kit, only the badge and slightly lighter wood is the only difference)
    10x9: 03805
    12x10: 03806
    14x12: 03807
    16x14: 03808
    22x18: 03809

    The internal stamp in every shell says: 01189

    Fun thing, usually the B stands for Birch, but in this case its a Maple tom like the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsgnst View Post
    Do you have an info you can pass along to back this up, or is this just a hunch? I have 1996 DW catalog that refers to them as Collectors series, but I don't have any catalogs before this.
    Good call. I looked at the MD digital archive and saw a DW collectors snare in the first issue I looked at in '96. I checked several issues in 1995 and couldn't find one reference to DW Collectors drums, just DW or Drum Workshop.

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    My guess would be 1993 from the moment they start using the black/gold badges with their Keller shells.

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    Speaking of old, this is.

    Probably 70's, could be even the famous Camco/DW shells (it even has the Camco ft brackets):
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DW-Drums-Dru...p2047675.l2557

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bri6366 View Post
    Good call. I looked at the MD digital archive and saw a DW collectors snare in the first issue I looked at in '96. I checked several issues in 1995 and couldn't find one reference to DW Collectors drums, just DW or Drum Workshop.
    I dug a little deeper and found a review of a "Drum Workshop Collectors Series Drumkit" in the October '93 issue (Vinnie Colaiuta on the cover!).

    I also have the 89/90 and 1991 MD Buyers Guide issues. Both of them contain price lists for "DW Collectors Toms, Bass Drums and Snare Drums".

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    Wow. Can you scan those 89/90 pricelists? Fun to see what a kit would cost back in those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musiqman View Post
    Wow. Can you scan those 89/90 pricelists? Fun to see what a kit would cost back in those days.
    No scanning or photo but I can give you as an example:

    16x22 BD: $1078 (no 18" depths)

    9x10 TT: $363

    14x14 FT: $649

    5x14 SD: $455

    Those prices are from 1989-1990. All drums are 6+6.

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    No 18'' depths? interesting, as my kick is a 22x18'' (and 10x9,12x10,14x12 and 16x14)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinuatus View Post
    I dug a little deeper and found a review of a "Drum Workshop Collectors Series Drumkit" in the October '93 issue (Vinnie Colaiuta on the cover!). I also have the 89/90 and 1991 MD Buyers Guide issues. Both of them contain price lists for "DW Collectors Toms, Bass Drums and Snare Drums".
    Wow...good information there!
    I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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