Matt Garstka Moves To DW

Quai34

Junior Member
There are many reasons a player makes a switch, and with pandemic conditions, it's possible he just couldn't get new Tama product/hardware/parts from Asia.




Few artists get a completely free ride, and I guarantee that DW is not giving Matt any kits. They may have comped him a snare or some pedals, but he's buying everything else (at a nice discount, of course!) But DW drums are not inexpensive, so it's doubtful Matt made the change in order to save money. I have to assume he switched because he likes DW's sound better, which is a good reason.

BTW, I'm one of those who didn't know his name although I've heard of the band. Doesn't mean he's not a good player or that he doesn't have good exposure to the band's fans.
I discovered his name and his band as an endorser with Meiñl and I liked a lot his signature China equilibrium 20". I like Tama more than DW so, I would prefer drummers to stay or be with Tama but that's all for me. But yes, the availability of high end product form Asia these days could be a major reason he switched. We are confronted to that every day when we order a product...he might have "ordered" too many time things that didn't come on time so, he changed his mind.
 
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madjack956

Well-known member
I really don't see what the big mystery is here.
DW is hands down the best sounding, sexiest looking drums in the world. Their hardware is beyond reproach.
My only question is what took him so long.:D:D:D:DLOL

p.s. apologies to C.M. Jones
 
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Lee-Bro

Senior Member
In the upcoming, yet to be released podcast from Humbolt Dangon, Matt explains that Tama is a porpoise type company and DW is more of a dolphin type company. That in itself wasn't the whole motivating factor, but when he found out that DW prefers two-hump camels and Tama prefers one-hump, he had no choice but to go ahead and make the change. Then there's the whole matter of the argument of "every square is a rectangle, but not every rectangle is a square" he was a part of -but that's another story for another time.
 

spelman

Senior Member
In the upcoming, yet to be released podcast from Humbolt Dangon, Matt explains that Tama is a porpoise type company and DW is more of a dolphin type company. That in itself wasn't the whole motivating factor, but when he found out that DW prefers two-hump camels and Tama prefers one-hump, he had no choice but to go ahead and make the change. Then there's the whole matter of the argument of "every square is a rectangle, but not every rectangle is a square" he was a part of -but that's another story for another time.
Never heard of that podcast.

Then again, I only follow the Baron von Münchhausen podcasts.
 

Scottie15

Senior Member
These are business decisions, and rarely made because the player truly prefers a particular sound. Of course they ALWAYS say that the new company’s drums spoke to them, and are the best they’ve ever played. … and if it it were about sound, no one is ditching Tama Star drums for thuddy Collector’s Series.😀

Don't think he played Star drums though. I think it was only Starclassic or W/B.

But I agree, never ever understood the appeal of DW drums. I find his explanation to be bullshit. These guys are pro, it's always about the deal they're getting and the relationship.
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
All joking aside, there are a lot of companies out there making great drums. Buy what excites you and smile. We are fortunate to have such a variety.
Agreed. We're unbelievably fortunate these days.

I own Gretsch, Yamaha, DW and Ludwig kits at present. They're all charming and enjoyable in their own way. I've owned Pearl, Mapex and Tama kits in the past and felt the same way about them.

Biggest and best surprise was DW. Once I got a set of my own it became clear to me why so many professionals choose them. Why it's still a mystery to anyone... well, that's a mystery to me!
 
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River19

Senior Member
Well, the real news here is that I am still playing Tama, so I doubt the brand will feel the loss....... so there is that...... :)
 

PaisteGuy

Well-known member
Once you own a set of DWs, you get it. They're phenomenal drums.
I owned a collectors set for about a month, then traded it back to store I bought it through for a Tama kit. The collectors were good drums, but the Tama’s suit me better.
 

Icetech

Gold Member
Well, the real news here is that I am still playing Tama, so I doubt the brand will feel the loss....... so there is that...... :)

I have a soft spot for Tamas.. i want that yellow kit that Erskine was doing ads for like 7 years ago... mmmmm (plus nice yellow tony vibes)
peter-erskine-joins-tama-95162.jpg
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
I owned a collectors set for about a month, then traded it back to store I bought it through for a Tama kit. The collectors were good drums, but the Tama’s suit me better.
I think it's safe to say that the Collectors Series draws the most criticism out of all of DW's lines. There's a host of reasons for that and no doubt some of it is warranted. I struck gold and came in at the entry level of DW's product line where they've had a hit with the Design Series.

I would grab another Tama set gladly, and probably will one day. They were my first love in terms of drums.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
I think it's safe to say that the Collectors Series draws the most criticism out of all of DW's lines. There's a host of reasons for that and no doubt some of it is warranted. I struck gold and came in at the entry level of DW's product line where they've had a hit with the Design Series.

I would grab another Tama set gladly, and probably will one day. They were my first love in terms of drums.
What criticism do the Collector's series draw? I don't think I've ever encountered a Collector's I couldn't tune up and play - unless we're talking about people who "buy before they research" and end up deciding to talk about it online instead of playing them out on a gig ;)
 
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