DW's flagship line, the Collector’s Series, are the original US-made custom drums. Shell note Bb
This DW Collector's Series snare drum has the VLT maple shell without reinforcing rings which produces a slightly broader tuning range than it's standard shell counterparts. The natural satin oil is timeless and is complemented by the chrome hardware. 10 Lugs round out the package and reinforce the broad tuning capabilities of this smooth drum.
In experimenting with different exotic woods as alternate shell making materials, DW's Custom Shell Shop discovered that in addition to the different tonal qualities inherent in every unique type of wood, slight alterations in the shell's construction can also greatly influence sound. Some of the woods sampled possessed a vertical grain pattern that when tested, dramatically lowered the pitch of the shell. Thus, VLT (Vertical Low Timbre) was born. For those players who prefer a lower overall tone while still maintaining maximum resonance and attack, VLT can be ordered as an option on all Collector's Series Maple Drums.
VLT consists of arranging the grain pattern of the plies in the shell so the outermost and innermost plies run vertically, and not the traditional horizontal. The vertical grain places less tension on the shell, allowing it to vibrate more freely, resulting in the lowered fundamental pitch.