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DW Throw-off Systems

DW offers 2 styles of snare throw-offs; Traditional Delta ball-bearing throw-off and all new MAG™ throw-off. A purposefully simple design, the MAG™ is a workhorse drop throw-off with horizontal tension adjustment and smooth, easy-adjust action. It gets its name from a clever magnet that's integrated into the body of the throw-off. When the handle is in the up position, it won’t release without a slight tug. When it does release it throws the strainer completely off the head to avoid any strainer buzz. The innovative new 3P, three-position butt plate, allows you to easily and accurately toggle between 3 different levels of strainer tension. The combination of the MAG™ throw-off and the 3P Butt Plate is the most reliable and adjustable strainer system we've ever built. Both throw-offs are available in all five Custom Shop drum hardware finishes.
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Hardware Colors

DW Snare Drums are available in five distinct hardware color options; Chrome, Satin Chrome, Black Nickel, Black Chrome, and 24 Karat Gold. This includes lugs, hoops, STM™, and tom legs. Keep in mind, our stands are available in Chrome and 24 Karat Gold.

DW Hardware Colors


All Custom Shop and Eco-X Project snare drums include DW coated-crimped batterside heads with tuning sequence and DW clear-crimped snareside heads. Both are single-ply Ambassador weight heads and are made in California by Remo USA. For more on DW Heads, visit

DW Heads

True-Tone™ Snare Wires

Every Collector's Series® snare comes with True-Tone® custom wires
for enhanced response and snap. The wires feature specially-designed stainless steel coils and brass-end plates for perfect snare-to-head contact.
16-strands for 10" and 12" drums, 18-strand for 13", and 20-strand for 14".
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True Tone Wires

Counter Hoops

Steel Triple Flange Hoops come in graduated weights (1.6mm for 8" & 10" toms and 2.3mm for 12-18" toms and snares).  They come standard on Performance Series drums and are available in chrome only. Our alloy Die-Cast Hoops come standard on all Jazz Shells drums and are optional on all other Custom Shop drums.  Their stout construction and added weight naturally reduce resonance and provide an alternate tonal quality. Die-Cast Hoops are available in chrome only.

standard and die cast hoops

To make a better instrument, sometimes you have to go back to the basics. We spent nearly a year-and-a-half designing and perfecting the most consistent counter hoop we’ve ever produced. It’s called the True Hoop and it’s a major advancement in the relationship between bearing edge, drum head and counter hoop. As drummers, we know how critical that relationship is to tuning and tone. The True Hoop is just that, round and flat, and without the typical variations you often see around stamped holes. It even has an attractive new touch: a fully-rounded outer edge. They now come factory installed on all Collector’s Series Drums and are available in all drum hardware color options.
True Hoops are also gauged in graduated thicknesses to factory-match various drum sizes.
Drums 8" and 10" in diameter come with 1.6mm True Hoops, while 12"-18" come with 2.3mm. All snare drums come with 3.0mm True Hoops.

new True Hoops

True-Pitch® Tuning Rods

To give drummers even more control over their sound, DW created its patented True-Pitch® rod system. The rods feature 10/32 threads rather than the 10/24 that’s standard on most other drums. The result is a more exacting tuning process. True-Pitch® rods are only available in chrome and gold.

When we created our version of the perfect counter hoop (True Hoop™), we moved our focus to tension rods. While True-Pitch® rods set a new industry benchmark, we still felt there was little room for improvement. After including stainless steel tension rods on our Collector’s Series Stainless Steel snare drum and witnessing their superior quality first-hand, we decided this was the only option. Introducing, SSR (Stainless Steel Rods), our most high-quality, reliable tension rod to date. SSR are now factory-installed on all Custom Shop snare drums; a small detail, but a major upgrade.
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snare tension rods

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