I'm in love!!! (Pearl G-Series Maple Shell project log)

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The Jupiter's looking gorgeous!
Thank you! I think so too. I know a lot of people think of them as cheap looking, but I find them to be beautiful! They're fairly heavy and well made with nice chrome. This is actually the first snare I've ever had or played witha parallel strainer, and I'm LOVING it! The sensitivity is amazing, and with everything being adjustable it's extremely versatile! There are so many really nice, useable sounds it can do that it's been hard to settle on one! Another thing I really like is that when I flip the wires off they move WAY away from the head so I get zero rattling while playing with the snare off. Then when I flip them back on they're at the exact same tension as they were initially. Overall it's just a delightful drum all around!
 

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The non-parallel version, the 4214 has been my main snare for the last half a decade, actually one of two. There isn't a gig I haven't thrown at it: klezmer, funk, swing, reggae, classic rock, country, hip-hop, you name it!
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The non-parallel version, the 4214 has been my main snare for the last half a decade, actually one of two. There isn't a gig I haven't thrown at it: klezmer, funk, swing, reggae, classic rock, country, hip-hop, you name it! View attachment 397383
That's awesome!!! I wouldn't mind finding myself a nice 5×14 like that to add to my collection. Be it parallel, Gladstone, or maybe even one of each lol! Is that a 5" or a 5.5? Either way I really dig it.
 

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Figured I'd continue the updates in this thread. I've been playing the hell out of this kit lately! A while back I was experimenting with different bass drum tunings, and broke a swivel nut on one of the batter side bass drum lugs. I didn't think it would be a big deal to get a replacement, but after some internet searching I found Pearl and a few other manufacturers use larger 6mm swivel nuts on their bass drum lugs. I also found that it's nearly impossible to find replacement swivel nuts these days that have both large 6mm thread, and are also designed for use with springs like most older drum lugs have.

After striking out on finding new replacements, I turned to the Facebook drum groups. I did end up finding a guy who sold me a vintage replacement from an old Pearl bass drum lug, and all was good for a few weeks... That is until I sat down to practice one afternoon and decided to change my bass drum tuning again... Went to loosen a T-rod and it just came right off in my hand lol.

After breaking 2 and knowing these swivel nuts are nearly 40 years old, and look like they've been cranked up WAY too high just one too many times, I started looking for a lot more than just a single replacement. It took quite a bit of searching, but I finally got lucky and found these 3 bags of 12 Gibraltar large 6mm swivel nuts on Reverb for under $20 shipped. While they're not exact copies of the original Pearl swivel nuts, they are the correct dimensions and threading, and they fit perfectly. I know it may not seem like a big deal to some, I'm really happy I found them as I just hate having to Jerry rig stuff on my drums. Drives my OCD nuts!

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Another small update to this thread, but a big relief for my OCD. The tom arms are supposed to have 2 memory locks each. One for the base where they attach to the bass drum, and one on the top where the tom slides on. There is a difference between the left and right side memory locks so that the bolt heads all face outward for easy access.

When I got the kit it only included 3 locks, and all 3 were for the right side... I've had my eyes out since I got them, and finally found someone selling an old left side arm with the correct left side memory locks. I sent the seller a message, and luckily he agreed to sell me just the 2 left side memory locks!

I know I could have just replaced them all with modern ones, but I like to try to keep things correct and vintage whenever I can. I also really like the sandblasted finish that matches the rest of the hardware.

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Nice job on everything, man. I love this thread. I've noticed it along the way and have kept up with you. It's so refreshing to read about someone loving they're stuff. We all love our drums, but the majority of the content here is about what else might be out there for us, which is kind of negative in a way. Thanks for keeping us updated, I know I'm not the only one following along!

Also, not sure if you already mentioned it and I just missed it, but what heads are you using on your bass drum?
 

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Thank you! It does feel nice to be genuinely excited about what I have. In the past with some of my other hobbies (like vintage bicycles) it's always seemed to be more about the hunt. Once I finally found what I was after, it would just get set aside, and then it was on to the next thing I thought I just had to have... Kind of a chronic case of "the grass is always greener". I quickly ran out of room to store things doing that lol.

I guess I just got really lucky in finding a kit that literally checked off all the boxes for me on my first try! Of course that's not to say I won't continue looking for cool drums to buy though!

I've been slowly stashing away funds to eventually replace the heads on everything, but for now I'm still using the heads that were on it when I got it. For the bass drum that would be a clear Remo PS3 on the batter side, and a smooth white Remo PS3 on the reso side with a 6" port, and one of those little black plastic port protector things. It sounds great as is tuned both high and low, and I often switch back and forth between the two. I'd really love to hear what it would sound like with an intact reso head though!
 

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Thanks to forum member "squidart" I finally have a vintage Pearl badge to replace the missing one on my 14×6.5" COB Jupiter snare! Since these originally came from wooden shells I'll have to get creative in covering the little holes left from the tacks, but that's alright with me! I think it'll look perfect once I'm done.

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Thank you! It does feel nice to be genuinely excited about what I have. In the past with some of my other hobbies (like vintage bicycles) it's always seemed to be more about the hunt. Once I finally found what I was after, it would just get set aside, and then it was on to the next thing I thought I just had to have... Kind of a chronic case of "the grass is always greener". I quickly ran out of room to store things doing that lol.

I guess I just got really lucky in finding a kit that literally checked off all the boxes for me on my first try! Of course that's not to say I won't continue looking for cool drums to buy though!

I've been slowly stashing away funds to eventually replace the heads on everything, but for now I'm still using the heads that were on it when I got it. For the bass drum that would be a clear Remo PS3 on the batter side, and a smooth white Remo PS3 on the reso side with a 6" port, and one of those little black plastic port protector things. It sounds great as is tuned both high and low, and I often switch back and forth between the two. I'd really love to hear what it would sound like with an intact reso head though!
Oh man ,don't i know it . I have like 10 vintage bikes I'd love to get rid of .
 

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Oh man ,don't i know it . I have like 10 vintage bikes I'd love to get rid of .
Hmm, where ya located?? Lol really though, there is a pretty good market out there for vintage bicycles. Snap some good pics, and post them up for sale! You might end up with some free space, and some cash you could use to fill that new found free space with more drum gear!
 

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I wouldn't worry about the tack holes in the badge. If it really bothers you, put a piece of masking tape on the back, then fill with a little 2-part epoxy. Once the epoxy dries, remove the tape and get a little bottle of semi-gloss model paint. Touch it up with the paint then install it.
 

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I wouldn't worry about the tack holes in the badge. If it really bothers you, put a piece of masking tape on the back, then fill with a little 2-part epoxy. Once the epoxy dries, remove the tape and get a little bottle of semi-gloss model paint. Touch it up with the paint then install it.
I sent him a spare just in case. :)
 

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Well I'm a little bit OCD, so last night I spent some time out in my shed rooting around through old drawers of stuff my grandfather had collected over the years, just searching for that perfect solution... After some trial and error with lots of super small screws, I eventually found these 2 really tiny rivets?? I guess that's what they are?.. Anyway they fit PERFECTLY, and look just like the original tacks Pearl used. Amazingly I was able to find 2 of them. I looked for more, but this was the only pair to be found.

To install them, I clipped off the majority of the shank from each rivet with some small wire cutters leaving just enough to center them in their holes. Then I carefully glued them in place with some super glue. Once the glue is completely cured, I'll probably touch up the back sides with a small file just to make sure the badge will lay totally flat against the shell. Then all that's left to do is to glue the completed badge onto the shell! I'm really happy with the way this is turning out! Thanks again squidart!

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I've been a bit busy since prepping the badge for installation, but I did eventually get around to putting it on. I used some 2 part epoxy and placed it right back over the original glue spot, so it's in the exact same position the original badge was from the factory. You can see the glue spot in this old pic from when I was cleaning and re-heading it.

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I'm ecstatic with the way this has turned out though, and I really had a lot of fun doing it as well! Thanks again to forum member squidart for providing the badges to make it possible. Like the missing memory locks I tracked down previously, I know the missing snare badge was a pretty insignificant little detail overall, but it's those little things that keep me up at night thinking, and I feel SOOO much better now that the drum is 100% complete!!! That's one more thing crossed off the to-do list for this kit!
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Another little update on the kit... I like my old Pearl hi-hat pedal so much that I've been wanting to pick up an old Pearl double bass pedal with matching footboards for a while now. Problem is, the matching double pedal is an entry level P-792TW from around 1988-1990 with very few features and adjustments...

After some internet research, I decided on a plan though. I'm going to hot rod some old P-792TW pedals with upgraded parts from more modern, higher end Pearl pedals! The first step was finding the right platform to start with... Luckily I managed to find a complete Pearl P-792TW double pedal in really nice condition on eBay for a decent price. They're surprisingly not all that common! Here are a few pics from the eBay ad.

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So basically I'm planning to upgrade the stock, non-adjustable spring cams to higher end versions which offer better springs, ball bearings, and fully adjustable beater angles. I may have to upgrade the axles too in order to fit those modern spring cams. I'd also like to replace all of the bearings, and see what I can do about taking some of the slop out of the heel plate hinges too. I'll probably be on the lookout for a nicer driveshaft as well, along with some nicer beaters. I've always wanted to try hot rodding an old double pedal into something special, and I think I've found the perfect candidate!
 
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Another little update on the kit... I like my old Pearl hi-hat pedal so much that I've been wanting to pick up an old Pearl double bass pedal with matching footboards for a while now. Problem is, the matching double pedal is an entry level P-792TW from around 1988-1990 with very few features and adjustments...

After some internet research, I decided on a plan though. I'm going to hot rod some old P-792TW pedals with upgraded parts from more modern, higher end Pearl pedals! The first step was finding the right platform to start with... Luckily I managed to find a complete Pearl P-792TW double pedal in really nice condition on eBay for a decent price. They're surprisingly not all that common! Here are a few pics from the eBay ad.

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So basically I'm planning to upgrade the stock, non-adjustable spring cams to higher end versions which offer better springs, ball bearings, and fully adjustable beater angles. I may have to upgrade the axles too in order to fit those modern spring cams. I'd also like to replace all of the bearings, and see what I can do about taking some of the slop out of the heel plate hinges too. I'll probably be on the lookout for a nicer driveshaft as well, along with some nicer beaters. I've always wanted to try hot rodding an old double pedal into something special, and I think I've found the perfect candidate!
Thats awesome.
 

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Well I didn't remember to take any of my own "before" pictures of the P-792TW double pedal before taking them all apart, and I also failed to get any progress shots while cleaning them up, but here's an "after" pic lol! Now I'm going to have to clean up the hi-hat pedal too so it doesn't stick out so bad!

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They're still pretty much stock at the moment since I haven't been able to get the newer double pedal for donor parts in yet. I just took them completely apart to clean and lube everything, and to try to tighten up any play in the shaft joints, hinges, bearings, etc... I must say, it was quite successful!!! The overhaul made a BIG difference in the performance of these pedals. Everything feels really solid and buttery smooth now. I was actually able to get them pretty well dialed in too despite the lack of adjustability! I definitely think with a few upgraded parts, I'll have myself exactly what I was looking for with this... I guess quarantine could be worse!

Man, I sure do love these drums though!

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Well I didn't remember to take any of my own "before" pictures of the P-792TW double pedal before taking them all apart, and I also failed to get any progress shots while cleaning them up, but here's an "after" pic lol! Now I'm going to have to clean up the hi-hat pedal too so it doesn't stick out so bad!

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They're still pretty much stock at the moment since I haven't been able to get the newer double pedal for donor parts in yet. I just took them completely apart to clean and lube everything, and to try to tighten up any play in the shaft joints, hinges, bearings, etc... I must say, it was quite successful!!! The overhaul made a BIG difference in the performance of these pedals. Everything feels really solid and buttery smooth now. I was actually able to get them pretty well dialed in too despite the lack of adjustability! I definitely think with a few upgraded parts, I'll have myself exactly what I was looking for with this... I guess quarantine could be worse!

Man, I sure do love these drums though!

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Love it.
 


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