New (to me) Pearl M Series kit!

aparker2005

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Our band leader was cleaning out their youth building today and found a drum kit in the attic. Naturally, he texts me the pictures of it. It's a walnut lacquer Pearl kit. 22,12,13,16,14. I've always wanted to own a vintage kit and try one out. He sent a few pictures, and I'm definitely getting the 14x5.5 snare if not the entire kit.

After talking with Pearl, it looks like it's an 80s Pearl M Series maple. 8 ply maple shell. Made in Japan. 10 lug snare. Can't wait to try this out! Does anyone know how much these are worth?

Thanks!

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I love these drums. I have 8" and 10" toms from this era and sound fantastic. My gut tells me they're not worth that much on the used market, but I have no evidence to back that up.
 

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Yeah, older Pearls seem to be a buyer's market. Those 8plys seem to be somewhat more sought after.
 

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I had a set of Pearl M’s a few years ago! Very very nice drums. Didn’t even knew there was a lacquer version as mine were wrapped. Strangely I recall my snare to have a parallel action mechanism...I could be wrong though!

Edit: if yours are lacquered they’re not m series, they’re G series!
 

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In that condition? Maybe $200.00. If you get them, strip them, take them to a cabinet maker for refining, then get the edges done. You'll probably have a great sounding and looking instrument.
 

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Can't wait to get these to the house and cleaned up with new heads!
 

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Congrats,
I remember another member came across a similar kit a few years ago he was very happy with it.
Great find.
I have an early 80s, wrapped Pearl set. Maple shells always sounded great

This looks similar to your finish. I believe at the end of that catalog, there is a pretty detailed explanation of all the different shell types you could get with those sets.
 

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Those are my favorite drums, and in my favorite finish! :love10:

I have 1980 G-Series Big Beat kit just like the catalog shot above. I only paid $600 for them, but I'll honestly never sell them. They're the best sounding drums I've ever played! I have the COB Jupiter snare, but I've been trying to find a matching Maple snare in high gloss Walnut lacquer to add to the kit. They don't show up in this finish too often. I feel very lucky to have found mine.

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