RE­VIEW PDP con­cept lim­ited-edi­tion kit

£890 A strik­ing fin­ish, funky sizes and un­ri­valled lin­eage makes PDP’s Con­cept LTD kit a tempt­ing prospect for well un­der a thou­sand pounds

Rhythm - - DRUM LESSONS - Words: Adam Jones

PDP – short for Pa­cific Drums and Per­cus­sion – was founded in 1999 by US heavy­weight Drum Work­shop. Rather than in­tro­duc­ing en­try and step-up level kits un­der its own moniker, DW in­stead opted to cre­ate a stand-alone brand to tap into this end of the mar­ket. PDP re­mains close enough to en­joy a good deal of the pro­pri­etary knowl­edge and, in­evitably, more than a whiff of the al­lure of its mother brand; the as­so­ci­a­tion alone gives the com­pany a head start on its ri­vals.

Build

The Con­cept se­ries of kits was launched in 2012 and in­cludes maple and birch shell op­tions along with wal­nut ve­neer and retro-chic wooden hoop spin-offs. An­nounced at NAM 2018 and ar­riv­ing in Au­gust, the Con­cept LTD is a lim­it­ededi­tion kit avail­able in one con­fig­u­ra­tion and a sin­gle colour scheme only. The maple shell pack (there is no birch al­ter­na­tive) is made up of a 22"x18" bass drum, 14"x5" snare, 10"x7" and 12"x8" toms and a 16"x14" floor tom.

The bold lac­quer fin­ish of Gulf pow­der blue is in­spired by Ford’s le­gendary GT40 sports car, which won the Le Mans en­durance race in 1968 and 1969 wear­ing the same colours. To keep things au­then­tic the bass drum hoops are fin­ished in Marigold or­ange, which pro­vided the ac­cent colour for the orig­i­nal Gulf GT40. With so many sparkle, sun­burst and fade lac­quer jobs found on the out­side of con­tem­po­rary drums, it’s a re­fresh­ing change to come across sim­ple block colours that com­ple­ment each other per­fectly and also have a his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural res­o­nance out­side of mu­sic. The plans for the colour scheme were pretty much the first thing that PDP came up with when de­vis­ing this kit and it’s not hard to see why it was deemed a good idea; the re­sult is deep, glossy and flaw­lessly ap­plied. With the ad­vent of Remo’s Color­tone tech­nol­ogy it would be pos­si­ble to re-skin the kit with a set of or­ange heads to re­ally ac­cen­tu­ate the colour con­trast (the kit comes shipped with Chi­nese-man­u­fac­tured sin­gle-ply heads that fea­ture the lo­gos of PDP, DW and Remo). As it is, the kit has the look of some­thing more be­spoke and def­i­nitely from a higher price bracket than the listed RRP and specs.

Though PDP proudly states that all of the com­pany’s de­sign work is penned in Cal­i­for­nia, the kit, like the heads, is man­u­fac­tured in China. And well built it is, too; each shell is near-per­fectly round and build­ing the in­di­vid­ual drums finds all com­po­nents slot­ting to­gether ac­cu­rately, turn­ing smoothly and

"It’s a re­fresh­ing change to come across sim­ple block colours that com­ple­ment each other per­fectly and also have a his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural res­o­nance out­side of mu­sic"

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