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
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.
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"