I think Pearl is sort of like Apple, SpaceX/Tesla, and Tom Brady; people like a winner to a point but get tired of them winning all The DAMN TIME.Why do Pearls not get any "love" around here? Around the middle of November I'm going to refurb a set of 70s wood-fiberglass Pearls. I had a couple of sets back in the day and really liked them. They are orphans that I got off ebay almost 20 years ago. I have nice Pearl hardware to put on them and am going to recover them in gold sparkle and that is going to be "my go to set". I'm going to be selling all my other drums, 23 sets, so when I pass, I'm no spring chicken, my wife can sell these and not take a bath in the transaction. Now, again, why do Pearls not get any love here?
For the last two decades I’ve beat on them, Pearl Drums have easily been the best bang for the buck here in the U. S. of A. Build quality & tone have been first-rate.
Now yeah, DW has suckered a lot of professional drummers and I will confess that over the years that, when I compare DW to others, they are noticeably louder when struck with the same force. But I wouldn’t market a couple of my organs on eBay to get a kit. I doubt I’d expend lottery winnings or a stolen credit card on them either.
I’d certainly cough up for a used Masters Mahogany or even a Masterworks kit in the same configuration and kick myself to this day for not having gone for an MHX kit back in 2003, when I could have acquired a set. Snooze & lose.
Today, I’m also building a kit based on old ‘90s Export maple shells rescued from eBay. The wrap is miserable to remove, though. Still, it’ll be worth the pain, as 30 year old maple ought to sound pretty good and the drums are in fine condition. Hardware is kind of crap, though I planned on replacing it anyway.
So yeah, Pearl drums at any price point and vintage beat anyone else IMHO, and with careful head choices, sound great and will last. If that opinion isn’t shared by others, it a free country; folks have the right to be ignorant, misguided, and live a happy life despite the fact the marital status of their parents at the time of their conception would not stand close scrutiny… You naysayers know who you are.