Pearl Fiberglass Floor Tom - ID Year?

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I just acquired this Pearl 16x16 Floor Tom. It is fiberglass and has 1.6mm hoops so I'm guessing it's from the 1970s. Can anyone give me a better idea on the year it was made and what is this color wrap called? [EDIT: I figured out it's Gold Satin]. I'm planning on selling/trading it so if anyone is interested, let me know.

Thanks in advance.

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The only thing that changed between the generations of FG 's was the shell thickness , and even that was very slight . Art Blakey's Pearl fibreglass had the same colored wrap , that may point you in the right direction . Floor tom legs and leg housings were the same for 70's and early 80's .
 

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Leg brackets appear to be newer replacements (got those darned gaskets) so don't let that throw you off the trail. Looks somewhere between 1973-78ish by the badge.
That might explain why the 9.5mm legs are thinner than the brackets were designed for, unless the legs are also not original. Thanks.
 

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The stick-on label of the earlier runs specified “Fiberglass Shell” however the labels were readily available in shops or from Pearl back in the day so it’s possible these are mid ‘70s with new labels.

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The legs look original to me comparing to a set I have here from mid-70s. If leg brackets were original it would be easier to nail down a timeframe as the design did change from a diamond shape plate to more of a coffin with center ridge at some point.
 

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Are you saying the mounts on my drum are a later (newer) version than the one you have pictured? There are no extra holes. Would both mounts have the same hole spacing?
Yes. I think yours are more 80s to newer. Pretty sure hole spacing remained same 70s thru 90s at least. I'm sure someone else can chime in with more definitive info.
 

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Yes. I think yours are more 80s to newer. Pretty sure hole spacing remained same 70s thru 90s at least. I'm sure someone else can chime in with more definitive info.
I now feel compelled to remove one of the mounts to see if there are markings from a previous mount. Figures that I have to remove the reso head, since I finally have the tuning dialed in and its set up at my kit. One thing for sure about this drum, it sorely needs Booty Shakers or Air Suspension Feet because these legs suck the life out of it. Kind of surprised since they are lightweight 9.5mm.
 

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With Pearl ISO feet on the floor tom, I can feel the soundwaves against my pant leg , and with those fiberglass shells its like thunder .
 

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Looks like the leg brackets are non-original - see the photo. Probably changed to accommodate larger diameter legs. Based on everyone's input, I surmise this drum is from the mid-70s. I'll keep the legs brackets as they are. Thanks everyone for your input.

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Correction:
Now that I looked at my drums, it’s actually 2 different stick-on labels.
This pic is an 8x12 from the first year on the market and the separate sticker is on the opposite panel. On the bass, it’s matched up right below the one shown above.

Phil
 

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