Pearl "Wild" cymbals from the 80s

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I have one of their non rudes (500 series I think). Sound is pretty good but the cymbal seems to have a choke/max volume. I know that THE cymbal book mentions them as well...I think the higher the number the better. I'm curious when they stopped.

Some talk on the Vintage Drum forum about some of them saying made in Canada (more recent?)...a few vids on you tube of the wilds. They sound decent.
 
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I have a Wild 500 crash that I got in the 80's (cracked now these days it's the only cymbal I've ever cracked and cracked it due to not having it setup properly in my younger days). It is a heavy crash so along the lines of the Paiste Rude line, etc.
 

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Yes, Pearl used to have it's very own cymbal factory in Japan which they closed in the early 1990s.

The cymbals were not made by Paiste but seem to modeled on them which is not surprising as Pearl distributed Paiste in Japan from the late 60s until the end of the 1970s.

The CX-300 were brass beginner cymbals, the CX-500 were midline B8 cymbals (similar to 505s) and the B8 CX-600 were the top of the line (for Pearl - not quite up to the Big boys of the time) from 1981 to 1986. In 1987, the CX-600s were replaced by the CX-900 which were made from 1987-1989. There were Wilds in each line and the CX-900 also had brilliant finish cymbals.
 

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They had their "own cymbals' way before those. early-mid-late 60s "Pearl Special" brass (and all the stencil variants "Astro" "Kingston" "Maxitone" etc) are all around.
(in addition to the "Old- J's" ) I have later brass Pearl CX-500 China-type 18" cymbal .




It holds it's own against anything is unique & I've taken it to gig..(it's made me money ) earned it's keep..
https://soundcloud.com/jda56%2Fpearlchiner
 

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I remember footage of Maceo Parker where the drummer used some Pearl Wild cymbal(s).
Great movie anyway, glad this thread reminded me of it:
 

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Yes indeed Pearl made cymbals going all the way back to the 60s. The "Paiste-like" ones are the 80s era ones when they came out with the Wilds.

I think the ones from the 1970s were the 300 and 400 series if I remember correctly.

I have a pair of the green label CX-500 Hats (B8 not brass btw, the lower CX-300 were brass) and a 20" CX-900 Heavy Ride from 1987 which even has a six-digit serial number like a Paiste! Both sound pretty damn good, not as good as my Paistes but not as far off as one not familiar with these cymbals would think.
 

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I realize this is an old post but would like to add that I have owned 4 or 5 sets of Pearl Wild 500 hi hats, and all were good sounding hats, 2 sets were as good as anything, super nice sounding. So much so I just took a gamble on another set. I should have kept the best set I had, but I made a decision to pare down my collection and those just missed the cut. Anyway, I can say the Wild 500s were all made by Pearl in Japan. Not Rude seconds or anything. In fact I believe the Wild 500s came out before Rudes. The 18" crashes are good, the 16s not so much, the 20" rides are good rock rides. The Wild 600 series were slightly better across the board. The Wild 900s were all very good and are hard to find. If you could find a set of 15" Wild 900 hats you'd be one lucky cat. Wish me luck on my next set of 500 hats.
 

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From reading the Cymbal Book, Pearl invested quite a bit in trying to make pro level cymbals in the 80s until they discontinued them (90s?). Pearl has a lot of success as a total percussion company....except for cymbals. It was one nut they couldn't crack.
 

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