Pearl Master Series Free-Floating 3.5"x14"

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Hi guys,

I know Oo-gotz about Pearl drums. But I couldn't pass up this little piccolo snare drum because of the Free-Floating system and the price. The drum is near mint, just needed some accumulated dust removed and the sound of this thing is amazing. Does anybody know anything about these Pearl free-floating snares? It 'sounds' like a quality drum to my ears but like I said, I don't know beans about them. I got the drum for $47.00 out the door.

What are these things worth? This one came with 2 interchangeable shells - 1- 3.5" black steel shell and 1- 3.5" Maple shell. Two drums for the price of one! I'll post some pix shortly. This is a photo of the drum I found on the web. Anybody own/play one of these?

How'd I do?

John
 

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I've got the same with the brass and maple shells. I recently cranked it up more than I usually do. WHAT A CRACK! I'm keeping it up there.

I usually had the heads a little less tight and used it for brushes due to it's lively response.

Luv the little drum!

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I had the brass version several years ago. $47 for two shells, top line Pearl snare. You did good man! Enjoy :occasion5:
 

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I say the steal of a lifetime! I have an 8 in maple shell FF from the early years and it sounds incredible! It's a concert style with adjustable strainer on both ends
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Congrats on a great find!
 

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I had a 5.5" maple free floater than I wish I hadn't sold. Nice drum. Mine wasn't this "Master Seres" though and so I wonder what the differences are.
 

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lol - You can't have it back, Tommy!

Yep, this one has the adjustable snare butt so it must be one of the older ones. Still, the owner either never played it or it was in a protective bag or case because this puppy looks spanking new. I like the sound of the maple shell a lot more than the steel one. The steel shell is much dryer and 'ringy-er, toney-er' than the maple. Both great shells to have, I just prefer the maple. I'm going to buy some EZ wrap for the maple shell so I can use it with my Camco orphan kit from time to time. I'll post up some pix shortly.

Thanks for the feedback on this drum, I know beans about Pearl stuff.

Re: Master series... It says, "Pearl Master" on two clear tags attached to the rims. I really don't know what distinguishes this snare from the rest of the line. I just know it sounds good. I have it cranked and it kills.

John
 

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View attachment 99808 It's not an older version if it has round tube lugs. The old version are rectangular and etched or grooved. See attached photo. Yours if similar to the posted pic is a modern one.

The pics attached ae of my 8in FF. Concert Version with extended snares and adjustable strainers. They adjust up and down and diagonally or on an angle....

Peace!! View attachment 99807
 

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I covered the maple in some self-stick red sparkle I found in a local plastic shop that works just like EZ wrap. Cut, peel & stick. Came off a huge roll of the stuff, cheap too. It actually looks as good as real wrap! I may use this stuff again in the future. Here are a few shots of the drum with the covered maple insert. Notice the lugs, not tube lugs at all. They look like machined barrels that are not perfectly round, they have some rounded corners to them. Are these the old ones?

The drum looks and sounds great. I'm real happy with the score.

John
 

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Awesome snare drum at an awesome price! If you're not too hip on the steel shell you could flip it for $47.00 ;) :-D
 

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LOL - Not a bad idea! Although, (check this out) today I was walking out of a convenience store and found two twenty dollar bills and one five dollar bill rolled up laying on the ground. It was like the Universe was giving me back the money I spent on the drum yesterday! Can you say, FREEBEE!


John
 

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It's definitely not an older model but then again, who cares! Lol! Any FF, new or old is excellent and for the price you paid and then finding some cash, Mega score!
Peace!
 

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Hey Johm,

Great find and nice looking drum.

Maybe finding the money was the universe telling you to keep an eye out for another drum.

Scott
 

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The cool thing about the shallow Pearl FFs is that you can actually use ANY depth shell, provided you have the tension rods to make it work. Nice find.
 


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