GMS Special Edition SE 5-Piece Kit Chestnut Burst Satin Oil finish
This kit was featured at NAMM this year.
One of the more innovative drum companies in the market, GMS Drum Co., is known for creating ingenious, yet functional products for drummers. Knowing many drummers prefer the split-lug look and to see more of the shell's finish, they developed the "SE" (Special Edition) lug. Despite its very small footprint, it provides the same musical quality and resonance of its larger predecessor, the "Grand Master lug." It also has the same swivel nut as the "GM" lug, but diverts shell stress, by tensioning from the bottom of the lug casing, as opposed to the top. This makes it visually appealing while also contributing to the quality of these Special Edition snare sound.
North American hard white ash is distinguished from maple, birch, oak, and mahogany by its exceptional punch and focus. Keller's VSS technology extends this wood's low-frequency sustain to produce richness and balance that's unequalled even by other ash-shell drums. GMS uses a staggered seam construction so none of the ply seams line up on each other. GMS bearing edges utilize a 45-degree cut on the inside of the shell and a shallow 45-degree counter cut on the outside. SE series drums feature single ended small-bodied brass lug. These lugs were designed to withstand stress and hold up under tension. The throw-off and butt system was designed to be simple, trouble free, and effective. The snare drum features 20 strand heat treated high carbon steel snare wire. Hoops on all drums are 2.3mm steel triple flanged. All toms feature Evans coated G1 top, and G1 clear bottoms. All bass drums feature the Evans EQ system. All snares have coated G1 top, and 300 gauge snare
GMS bearing edges utilize a 45-degree cut on the inside of the shell and a shallow 45-degree counter cut on the outside, a gradated bearing edge around the set. In essence, the edges are sharper on smaller-diameter toms and get rounder as the diameter gets larger. This exclusive process enhances the drums' attack and sustain, while offering larger drums more low end and punch.
As you can see in the pictures, these aren't just well-built drums, but visual beauties as well. To get there, they go through an intense process that starts with hand sanding of the raw shell to give the paint a better surface to which to adhere. They're then primed with a clear primer. They get sanded again until they are flat and even and ready for the paint. After they dry for 10-14 days, they are sanded with no fewer than 6 grades of sandpaper. As soon as they are deemed smooth as glass, they are sent to be buffed by two grades of imported European compounds. The end result is an unmatched mirror-like finish.
8 x 12 mounted tom
12 x 14 floor tom
14 x 16 floor tom
18 x 22 virgin bass drum
6.5 x 14 snare drum