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Welch Tuning System: Tune Your Drum Kit in 30 Seconds!

WTS Artistry Series Drums: the first line of drums featuring the Welch Tuning System!

Welch Tuning System: Tune Your Drum Kit in 30 Seconds!

WTS Artistry Series Drums: the first line of drums featuring the Welch Tuning System!

$15,168
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated February 14, 2019

About

Welch Tuning System™: Tune your drum kit in 30 seconds!

Have you ever been playing a gig, one of your drums is out of tune, and you cringe every time you play it? 

Have you ever set up your kit and decided not to tune your drums because it was too much work or you didn't have enough time?  

Ever thought you could really add something to a show by changing the pitch of your drums mid-performance?  

Now you can perfectly tune a drum in 5 seconds or your whole kit in 30 seconds! Spending an hour to tune your drum kit is a thing of the past. So throw away your drum key and be the first to have your own WTS Artistry Series drums featuring the Welch Tuning System! 

The Welch Tuning System (WTS) is a new and revolutionary integrated drum tuning hardware. A system of pulleys and cable bring both heads into tune with the turn of a single handle, similar to tuning a guitar string. With WTS every drummer can Live In Tune™!

How will the Welch Tuning System (WTS) benefit you?

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, WTS offers numerous benefits to any drummer. 

What makes WTS work so well?

  • Self-adjusting pulleys allow tension to equalize around the whole drum, resulting in beautifully tuned drums at any pitch.
  • All pulleys are mounted to the drum hoops, meaning significantly less hardware in contact with the shell and up to 90% less holes drilled in the shell, allowing drum shells to breathe and resonate to their full potential.
  • One point of adjustment locks the tension for the entire drum... no more tension rods loosening while you play!
  • The custom engineered worm gear allows for fine tuning and ultimate control.

We are proud to present the first line of drums integrating the Welch Tuning System hardware: the WTS Artistry™ Series!

Imagine owning one of the first Ludwig drum sets or the first Gretsch drum set available to the market... This is your chance to own a piece of history in the making, the very first WTS Artistry Series shell packs! 

All Kickstarter pre-ordered drums will include an exclusive label on the inside of each shell, signed by our Founder/CEO Samuel Welch, the inventor of WTS!

Features and Specifications

We are working with the professional drum builders from DEG Music to craft the highest quality shells for the WTS Artistry Series drums. The DEG Music team has been building high-end drums for the past 24 years.

We are offering the 4/4 shell pack (full-size), the 3/4 shell pack (portable-size), and Snare Drums! 

All WTS Artistry Series drums come with Welch Tuning System premium hardware.

4/4 WTS Artistry Series shell packs (full-size):

  • Hand-cut double 45 degree bearing edges 
  • 8-ply 100% maple shells hand-crafted in the USA
  • Slightly deeper rack tom and larger bass drum for ultimate stage presence

3/4 WTS Artistry Series shell packs (portable-size):

  • Hand-cut single 45 degree bearing edges
  • 8-ply 100% maple shells hand-crafted in the USA
  • Shallower rack tom and smaller bass drum for portability and a smaller footprint, while still maintaining a full and present sound

WTS Artistry Series Snare Drums:

  • Hand-cut single 45 degree bearing edges
  • 10-ply 100% maple shells hand-crafted in the USA
  • Full-bodied sound and wide tuning range, fitting for any style of music

The WTS Artistry Series drums are available in 4 finishes: 

Each shell is sanded prior to applying the finish, and all lacquer finishes include 12-coats of lacquer. Additional sanding is done for each coat to produce an impeccable premium finish.
Each shell is sanded prior to applying the finish, and all lacquer finishes include 12-coats of lacquer. Additional sanding is done for each coat to produce an impeccable premium finish.

The Perks! 

$30 - WTS company t-shirt 

$50 - (2) WTS company t-shirts

WTS company T-shirts
WTS company T-shirts

 WTS Artistry Series  Snare Drum 

$949 EARLY BIRD PRICE ($646 off MSRP!) - limited availability

$1,049 ($546 off MSRP!)

 3/4 WTS Artistry Series  3-Piece Shell Pack 

$3,049 EARLY BIRD PRICE ($1,576 off MSRP!) - limited availability

$3,195 ($1,430 off MSRP!)

3/4 WTS Artistry Series  3-Piece Shell Pack + Snare Drum 

$3,995 ($2,225 off MSRP!)    

 4/4 WTS Artistry Series  3-Piece Shell Pack 

$3,495 ($1,500 off MSRP!)

 4/4 WTS Artistry Series  4-Piece Shell Pack 

$4,395 EARLY BIRD PRICE ($2,200 off MSRP!) - limited availability

$4,549 ($2,046 off MSRP!)

4/4 WTS Artistry Series  3-Piece Shell Pack + Snare Drum

$4,349 ($2,241 off MSRP!)             

4/4 WTS Artistry Series  4-Piece Shell Pack + Snare Drum

$5,349 ($2,841 off MSRP!)   

 Custom WTS Artistry Series Collector's Package

$9,995 

A one-of-a-kind collector's item; be a part of history. You will receive the first custom WTS Artistry Series 5-piece shell pack sold to the public. Work directly with the WTS team to choose your shell sizes (within our capabilities), hand-cut bearing edge (single 45 degree or double 45 degree), and unique finish (many options to choose from!). Each shell will have a custom label inside signed by the full WTS team. Also, be our esteemed guest for the 2020 Winter NAMM Show with 2 free show badges and dinner with our team. FREE SHIPPING (U.S. only)

Includes:  

  • Your choice of 10", 12", or 13" tom tom 
  • Your choice of 14" or 16" floor tom 
  • Your choice of additional tom tom or floor tom 
  • Your choice of 18", 20", or 22" bass drum 
  • 8" x 14" maple snare drum 
  • 2 Badges to the 2020 Winter NAMM Show  
  • Dinner at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show with the WTS team 
  • Custom drum labels inside each shell 

Sound samples of each individual drum:  

How do you change the drum heads?

 *Note: You do not have to cut the cable every time. You can simply unlace the cable from the winding post of the tensioner and re-use the cable. However, this method does take a bit longer to completely unwind the cable. If you need to change heads quickly on stage, cutting the cable and replacing it will save you time!  

We need to raise $50,000 to order the MOQ (minimum order quantity) of our WTS hardware and fulfill your pre-orders.  

Your contributions, combined with our official launch at the NAMM Show in January 2019, will help us reach our ultimate funding goal of $150,000. If we hit our ultimate funding goal, we will be able to order additional inventory, allowing us to provide shorter lead times for future orders.

We have worked very hard over the last 3 years to make the Welch Tuning System and the WTS Artistry Series  line of drums each a reality. Here are some of the huge milestones we have accomplished so far:

  • We hold a granted U.S. Utility Patent with other U.S. and international patents pending. 
  • WTS has been tested in many live performances over a 1 year period to ensure the hardware is consistent and reliable.
  • Our team debuted our prototype at the NAMM Show in January 2018 and received an enormous amount of interest from professional drummers, drum techs, and drum manufacturers. 
  • We have finalized our designs, built our molds for producing all of our parts, and approved first article samples.

Each WTS component went through many design phases--pencil drawings, clay carvings, CAD drawings, 3D prints, and machined prototypes--before they became the finished die-cast product you see now.

Every detail of WTS plays an important role in creating the best quality product. After testing the functionality of our machined prototype for over a year in live performances and everyday use, we made small adjustments to make WTS the best it could be. 

Designed by a working drummer, WTS was built to solve the headaches of tuning and expand the versatility of the drum set. Our goal is to share these benefits with every drummer so that they too can Live In Tune™!

Samuel Welch, founder and CEO of Welch Tuning Systems, Inc.
Samuel Welch, founder and CEO of Welch Tuning Systems, Inc.

From all of us at WTS, thank you for your support!

The Welch Tuning Systems team (from left): Patrick Auell, Laura Kraft, Samuel Welch, and John Montaña
The Welch Tuning Systems team (from left): Patrick Auell, Laura Kraft, Samuel Welch, and John Montaña

Risks and challenges

While there are always risks and challenges with creating and delivering a brand new product, we've minimized both through the following steps:

- We've done countless prototype revisions based on over 3 years of professional drummer testing.
- The WTS prototype was finalized based on industry professional insights after testing.
- We've already built our molds and received and assembled the first pieces from the molds--they came out flawless!
- We are working with professional drum builders from DEG Music to craft the highest quality WTS Artistry Series drum shells.
- We're working with production and fulfillment experts.

The last step of the process is just placing the production order, assembling the drums, and shipping them to you. All of this, along with our strategic partnerships with experienced fulfillment experts, leaves little room for error and ensures an on-time delivery. We do not foresee any issues, but in the event of an unforeseen delay in production, we will keep everyone informed with clear and prompt communication of our solution and resolution plan.

We look forward to helping you be one of the first drummers to Live In Tune with the WTS Artistry Series drums!

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    Custom Collector's Package

    A one-of-a-kind collectors item, be a part of history. You will receive the first custom WTS Artistry Series 5-piece shell pack sold to the public. Work directly with the WTS team to choose your shell sizes (within our capabilities), bearing edge (single 45 degree or double 45 degree) and unique finish (many options to choose from!). Each shell will have a custom label inside, signed by the full WTS team. Also, be our esteemed guest for the 2020 Winter NAMM Show with 2 free show badges, and dinner with our team. (FREE SHIPPING to contiguous U.S. only)

    Includes:
    • Your choice of 10", 12" or 13" tom tom
    • Your choice of 14" or 16" floor tom
    • Your choice of additional tom tom or floor tom
    • Your choice of 18", 20", or 22" bass drum
    • 8" x 14" maple snare drum
    • Custom drum labels inside each shell, signed by the WTS team!
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