DW Classics Buddy Rich Commemorative Kit #32

October 29, 2007 at 4:23 am 2 comments

This classic Buddy Rich kit is currently set up in my home office…right next to me waiting to be played whenever I get tired from reading or working on the computer. When I found it in one of my aimless searches of everything that is ‘drum’, I knew I couldn’t let it pass–#32 out of 32 made by DW.


Email clayr@rainbowguitars.com for pricing. DW Classics offers drummers a strikingly accurate tribute to the drum sounds of yesteryear in a dependable, road-worthy design. Now, it’s easy to capture that sought-after, mellow tone with an open bass drum sound and warm snare crack that pros and studio engineers have prized for decades. Both include a host of features you can only find on today’s high-end custom kits. DW Classics—it’s the way they’re made. Classic sound and look. Above, left: Vintage lug with inlay counterhoop and T-handle bass drum rods. Above, center: Specially-designed shell featuring mahogany and poplar construction with oversized 10-ply maple reinforcement hoops and vintage-style “butter” bearing edge. Above, right: Solid-shell maple snare drum with DW’s patented Delta ball-bearing throw-off. DW Classic Kit #2 14×24” bass drum 9×13”, 16×16” tom-toms 5.5×14” solid-shell maple snare drum bass drum 9×13”, 16×16” tom-toms

It took quite some convincing my wife, but she finally relented. I shall enjoy this baby…until I decide it’s time to part with it when I retire in the Philippines.


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  • 1. ed ellis  |  February 18, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I also have the same Buddy Rich drum set!! How many of those sets were made by DW?? Ed Mine are vintage marine pearl

    • 2. drumblogger  |  June 17, 2011 at 1:25 am

      Hi Ed,

      Thanks for the comment and sorry for the long, long wait. I never thought anyone would comment so I didn’t check. When I bought the set from West Coast Drums out here in California I was told by one of the reps that DW only made 32 of these sets. But my friend Steve Maxwell told me DW made 100 sets. And this makes more sense to me. If there were only 32 sets made the collector/resale value would be from 8 to 10k. The set I sold about a 2 years ago went for $3500 with hardware. But I must say that I haven’t seen many of these sets for sale for quite some time.


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