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Drum Workshop (DW, DW Drums) is a very young company in comparison to other drum manufactures .DW was founded in 1972 as a drum workshop from Don Lombardi. Two years later Mr. Lombardi and one of his students John Good, started making first hardware, after spending a long time in development. After acquiring the company Camco Drum Co. in 1977, DW started producing more and more hardware. In 1978 DW moved into a 230 m² large building and changed from teaching drums to manufacturing them. An ad in the magazine “ Modern Drummer” in 1979 was the start of DW´s international recognition. DW was the first to produce a double pedal and started a new era of drumming with this product. 1985 saw the introduction of the first remote HiHat and first 2 legged HiHat and the production space was increased to around 1400 m². Dons son Chris and his daughter Carrie start working in production and dispatching whilst in high school. Whilst having a pedal tuned in 1989 Tommy Lee of the Mötley Crue tried a drum set by DW and bought it, a year later he was the companies first endorser and brought them to mainstream rock. In 1991 the 9000er series was born was DW´s first full range of hardware incl. stands. Sales were growing and so DW again moved, this time to Oxnard ( California), the new plant had a floor space of around 5300 m². The pedals were constantly improved and in 1985 the patented state-of-the-art ball bearing hinge was introduced, furthermore the Edge snare drum and the tuning screws were designed by John Good. DW started there own drums production and introduced the patented timbre matching process. In 2000 the product range was extended with the Pacific Drums & Percussion range. Now DW is serving all price ranges and once again moved into the new HQs offering over 16000 m² of floor space. After 16 years in the company Chris Lombardi was elected chairman. In 2003 the 9000 series of foot pedals was introduced and are to date the only pedals with free-floating rotor-drive system. DW is still inventing and improving hardware and drum sets, made to suite the customer’s demand of desired wood and finishing. Today DW has a reputation of making the finest drums and drum sets in the world. The top of the range is the "Collectors-Series". DW endorsers include: Neil Peart (Rush), Terry Bozzio, Sheila E., Chad Wackerman (Steve Vai, Alan Holdsworth), Chester Thompson, Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Nigel Olsson (Elton John), Tommy Lee (Mötley Crue), Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne), Marco Minnemann, Josh Freese (Guns´n´Roses), Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver), Brain (Primus), Greg Eklund (Pat Metheny), i.e.