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NAMM 2017 - Pearl - New Products

Pearl’s Sonic-Select Shell Recipes Bring the Full Spectrum of Masterworks Choice into Focus 

Pearl’s marquis-level Masterworks drums offer more custom choices for the pro drummer than any other drum company.  Every element of the kit’s sound, look, and feel is player-selected and hand-crafted to heirloom perfection for the ultimate custom drum statement.

Drawing from two years of research and artist testing, Pearl presents Sonic-Select Shell Recipes: five distinct, studio-tested drum formulas each fine-tuned for their given performance application.  “The Masterworks spectrum has a nearly-endless array of custom options,” states Glen Caruba, Pearl Corporation’s VP of Sales.  “Filtering all that choice down to specific shell, edge, and hardware fusions is kind of like making a cake; different ingredients make different flavors that will appeal to different connoisseurs.”

The STUDIO Recipe features a thin Maple/Gumwood combination with Mastercast hoops; crafted to fully capture every nuance of the drummer’s performance with tonal clarity.

The HERITAGE Recipe recalls a classic age in drum-making by balancing the power of Maple with the warmth of Mahogany for enhanced lows and fat top-end slap.

The URBAN Recipe features a totally unique thin-shell combination of Birch, Gumwood, and Maple to sculpt a vibrant, powerful voice for the metropolitan drummer.

The STADIUM Recipe brings the classic elements of Pearl’s thick Custom Z Maple shell into the modern playing field, focusing on volume and power for the touring stage 

Finally, the MODERN DRY Recipe represents new ground with a Maple/Gumwood/Mahogany shell blend for quick, top-heavy articulation with controlled low-end for today’s multifaceted beat creator  

Each Masterworks Sonic-Select Shell Recipe kit creates a truly unique sonic signature, and is custom configurable in a choice of shell and hardware finishes to clearly define the custom drum experience for the discerning professional.  Prices vary by size, with optional Artisan Exotic finish veneer available at a 10% premium. For more information on the Masterworks Series Drums, please visit

Pearl and Eric Singer Celebrate 30 Years with Limited Edition Signature Snare 

In tribute to 30 years of drumming together on stages all over the world, Pearl and KISS drummer Eric Singer recently collaborated to create a new Limited Edition Signature drum with a nod to one of the great snares of Pearl’s past.  

“I collect classic and vintage Pearl drums,” says Eric.  “I love the sound and feel of the original Jupiter Chrome-over-Brass models from the 70’s, and really wanted to explore that sound with an updated feel.”  The result is Eric’s new 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Signature Snare

Released on the heels of Singer and Pearl’s successful charity drum auction for the Lifeline Charter School in 2016, Eric’s new snare begins with a dual-beaded Jupiter-style 1mm Chrome-plated Brass shell. In contrast to the Jupiter’s original parallel action strainer, Eric’s Limited Signature update features Pearl’s compact Click-Lock throw-off for smooth, sensitive response.  Each drum is signed by Eric and assures tuning accuracy with Pearl’s low-contact CL Bridge Lugs.  

Similar to last year’s auction drum, all artist royalties from the sale of Eric’s 30th Anniversary Limited Snare will benefit school music and arts programs at the Lifeline Education Charter School in Compton, CA.

 “It has been an honor and pleasure to play PEARL DRUMS for over 30 years and counting,” Singer says.  “They have truly given me The Best Reason to Play Drums!!”

Pearl Eric Singer 30th Anniversary Ltd. Signature Snare Drum (ESA1465S/C) MSRP: $833.00, Street Price: $499.00

For more information on this and other Pearl Artist Signature Drums, please visit

Pearl and Omar Hakim Celebrate 30 Years with Limited Edition Signature Snare 

With over 500 albums to his recording credit, master groovesmith Omar Hakim’s drumming voice is saught after and respected.  As 2017 marks 30 years of Pearl Drums being part of that voice, Omar’s new 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Signature Snare celebrates the back-story while looking to the future with bold new purpose.

“Part of the magic of the recording environment is knowing what elements to bring to the table to craft something great,” Omar states.  “This new snare represents a similar approach: combining familiar  elements together for a totally fresh result.”  

A radical departure from Omar’s existing Mahogany-blend Signature drum, the new 30th Anniversary snare begins with a beaded 1mm 14”x6.5” Steel shell.  A radical process called Physical Vapor Deposition adds a unique layer of Titanium Nitride to the exterior; transforming the shell material to a harder surface and giving it a shifting, irridescent purple hue.

Omar’s Limited Signature snare also features Pearl’s compact Click-Lock throw-off for smooth, sensitive response and single STL Swivel Lugs (all with special Nickel plating,) to assure tuning accuracy.  The total result delivers an exceptionally bright snare without sacrificing depth and body.  

“As one that has played a fair amount of Pearl drums in the past three decades,” Omar adds, “I’m honored to add this one to my tonal palette.”  

Omar will kick off the introduction of the 30th Anniversary Snare by performing live with his Trio at Pearl’s Winter NAMM Booth on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 3:00pm. 

Pearl Omar Hakim 30th Anniversary Ltd. Signature Snare Drum (OHA1465/TN) MSRP: $1,166.00, Street Price: $599.00

For more information on this and other Pearl Artist Signature Drums, please visit

Pearl introduces new Modern Utility Snare Drums in Five Player-Ready Sizes 

Fusing reliability and flexibility for today’s demanding gigging environment, Pearl has developed Modern Utility: a line of no-nonsense, well-appointed snare drums priced with the active working player in mind.

“Being part of the drumming community here in Nashville, we’ve learned most players have heard and seen it all,” confesses Kevin Packard, Pearl’s Combo Marketing Manager.  “With so many playing situations in one town, drummers just want reliable gear that will deliver the goods without a flashy message or promise.  Modern Utility snares let you do that.”

Vital instruments tailored to make the gig great, Modern Utility’s five snare models each feature a 6-ply/5mm all Maple SST shell.  Well-appointed with our CL Bridge Lug and smooth SR700 strainer, each Modern Utility snare is priced to allow the active working player an expanded voice, is flexible enough to add to any set-up, and strong enough to stand up to constant play.

Featuring a choice of Matte Natural (#224) or Matte Black (#227) Lacquer finishes, the Modern Utility line-up contains the following models and prices:

Modern Utility 12”x7” Snare (MUS1270M) Sug.List Price: $233.00, Street Price: $139.00 

Modern Utility 13”x5” Snare (MUS1350M) Sug.List Price: $233.00, Street Price: $139.00

Modern Utility 14”x5.5” Snare (MUS1455M) Sug.List Price: $250.00, Street Price: $149.00

Modern Utility 14”x6.5” Snare (MUS1465M) Sug.List Price: $283.00, Street Price: $169.00

Modern Utility 14”x8” Snare (MUS1480M) Sug.List Price: $333.00, Street Price: $199.00

For more information on these and other exciting new products from Pearl, please visit

Quick Set Up and Tear Down in a PINCH with Pearl’s NEW Rapid Lock Hi-Hat Clutch

Answering the call of gigging drummers everywhere, Pearl’s new Rapid Lock Hi-Hat Clutch takes the headache out of the most tedious portion of a drummer’s pre-and-post-show routine (breaking down the top hi-hat cymbal, that is!)

With a quick pinch of its Patented (#9355625) spring-loaded dual fastening system, the Rapid Lock disengages from the main clutch with ease; allowing for smooth, easy breakdown and set up of the top hat cymbal.  The bottom fastner just as easily snaps back into place and locks the top cymbal into place wit firm, no-slip security.

The top nut of Rapid Lock Clutch further features a locking Hex nut that holds it in its desired tension without moving by from playing friction.

Pearl include the Rapid Lock Clutch with its Redline series Hi-Hat stands in 2017.  The Rapid Lock Drop Clutch (HCL205DQR) for quick double-bass engagement, Rapid Lock Supergrip Clutch (HCL205QR) and standard Rapid Lock Clutch (HCL105QR) will be available separately for POP sale for addition to existing hi-hat systems.

Rapid Lock Drop Clutch (HCL205DQR) LIST: $51.00, Sug.Street: $35.00

Rapid Lock Supergrip Clutch (HCL205QR) LIST: $42.00, Sug.Street: $29.00

Rapid Lock Clutch (HCL105QR) LIST: $34.00, Sug.Street: $21.00

For more information on these and other products, visit

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