NAMM 2019: Pearl Drums unleashes barrage of new products
Pearl Drums unveiled a host of new products at this year’s show, led by its new Masters Maple/Gum Series Drums.
Introduced in 2017, Pearl’s Sonic Select Shell Recipes gave a performance-formula focus to the boutique-level Masterworks series, Pearl says. ‘Though each sonically-tested option represents the very best in form and function, the Studio Recipe won the favor of many a Pearl Artist due to its explosive midrange warmth and extended low-end power.
‘Starting in 2019, the Studio Recipe will be available for a limited time as Masters Maple/Gum series drums. Available in a pre-selected offering of hand-lacquered and wrapped finishes, each will feature a vault-cured EvenPly-Six layered premium North American Maple and Gum wood shell with 60-degree edges, Mastercast Die-Cast hoops, and Pearl’s CL bridge lugs.’
Available in Hand-Rubbed Satin Natural Maple (#189) Black Diamond Pearl (#421,) Matte White Marine (#422,) and Platinum Gold Oyster (#453,) Masters Maple Gum will be offered in two shell packs with a limited selection of component add-on drums.
Masters Maple/Gum 22”x16”/10”x07”/12”x08”/16”x16” Shell Pack (MMG924XSP/C) Suggested Selling Price: 2,999 Euros Masters Maple/Gum 22”x16”/12”x08”/16”x16” Shell Pack (MMG924XSP/C) SSP: 2,599 Euros.
Meanwhile, Pearl’s Modern Utility Snare drum line has been expanded to include one new Maple14”x10” Floor Snare model as a Limited Edition. ‘We developed the Modern Utility Snare Drum line to give the working drummer a wide range of high-performance models to choose from,’ says Raymond Massey, Pearl’s Director of Research and Development. ‘Adding this 14”x10” Floor Snare model to the mix gives the player an even more modern and unique voice; with the same quality and value promise as the other models in the line.’
Limited Edition Modern Utility Maple 14”x10” Floor Snare (MUS1410FM/C220) in Satin Mahogany. SSP: 299 Euros.
Developed in 1983 with Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro, Pearl’s original DR-1 Drum Rack was the first free-standing, frame-based drum support system available. In celebration of its 35 years Pearl’s ICON (short for Independent CONtrol,) Rack systems are being expanded with a new selection of clamps and accessories. All new pre-configured single and three-sided rack packages and individual ICON components have been upgraded to include a rotating support foot. In addition, eight new accessory clamps have been developed for the slip-free ICON square rack rail and round support pipe; ‘…dramatically increasing the level of set-up flexibility and function variety’.
To showcase the possibilities of these new additions to the ICON cannon, Pearl will launch an online player resource and ‘idea centre’ of ICON Rack Recipes; featuring step-by-step instructions on how to get the most from existing and available Pearl Rack parts.
Yet more came with the announcement of three new lacquer finishes available on Oak Elite Series drums, #504 Mocha Burst, #506 Merlot Burst, and #510 Carmel Brown. The company has also introduced a new 8” Guiro Cowbell with a steel construction designed. When played as a cowbell, the ribbed side products a dryer tone and the opposite side produces a traditional open cowbell tone. The ribbed Guiro side features 9 parallel ridges that produce a ratchet sound when played like a traditional Guiro.
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