The Answers to Your Export Questions
For those of us who don't feel like writing "Search" anymore.
1) Q: Why should I buy an Export?
A: Because for around $750 give or take, you're getting a 5 piece set, including a snare, 800 series hardware which is double braced and extremely sturdy. The only thing you have to buy extra is a throne and cymbals.
2) Q: Which series of Export should I get?
A: The EX, EXR, and ELX are all basically the same set with different finishes. The EX being the cheapest of these, is a wrap finish. The EXR is a wrap finish as well, but it has nice pretty wood hoops and the finish is more "radical". The ELX is the higher up of the Export series. It has a glossy lacquer finish (for those newbies, you can see the wood grain) and wooden bass hoops. Get whatever color you like and/or your wallet can afford.
3) Q: What heads should I use on my Export?
A: Good lord, I hate this question. It's a matter of personal preference, however I find that double ply coated heads cut the nasty overtones out nicely and leave a clear, crisp sound. Evans G2 Coateds achieve this very nicely, and most will agree that Evans has superior double ply technology over Remo. Anyway, Remo Emperor Coateds are the "equivalent" of the G2s.
If anyone has any other FAQs to add, feel free. Also, if you would like to elaborate on one of my questions, that's fine too.
Last edited by Talon; 11-28-2004 at 04:11 PM.
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Q. Can I upgrade?
Easily! Exports are not rare and it's easy to find extra toms and whatnot. They are very, very adaptable and sound great live with or without mic'ing and studio use is plausible. Exports are made of poplar, "poor man's maple", and can be refinished and rewrapped with little effort but lots of care.
PS: Good thread idea! Rep up!
Originally Posted by Dibs
i know the export ex comes in 5 peice kits, can you actually find extra toms for the basic ex version, if so where would you find these parts? thanx
hey do you know where i can find a 10" tom in the Teal Mist color....it's an Export Select Kit that i am tryin' to add it to!!!!
5) Q: But aren't Exports just cheap beginner drums?
No. Although when first introduced two decades ago they were intended to be entry level drums, they have RADICALLY evolved since then. Today's Exports feature top notch hardware, shells made using the same process that Pearl uses to make Masterworks shells, a much better choice of wood with 100% poplar and a generous amount of add-ons packs and component drums available. Every piece of hardware on the Exports was once standard equipment on Pearl's top of the line drums. In time, all of Pearl's innovations and improvements trickle down to the Exports. Aside from the poplar shells not being as top-notch as good maple or good birch, everything else about today's Exports is actually better than the Masters of just 15 years ago.
Last edited by Chris309; 11-28-2004 at 10:14 PM.
yer, i find these questions getting asked over and over again, GOOD IDEA TALON!!!
good intentions here and very useful info. but something tells me it is still going to happen
Originally Posted by samflame222
Thanks! Reward me with rep... (and thanks to the person who did but didn't leave their name)
6) Q:What is the first thing I should add to my new Export pack? (Assuming that you have a throne, Hi-Hats, a Crash, and a Ride)
A: Put new heads on the set. It will cost you around $100 for an entire set, but it will make your set sound a billion times better. (see question number 3) After you have this accomplished, it's personal. Do you need another crash to give you more cymbal options. Personally, I think it's best to have two quality crashes before you start trying to add effects cymbals. When you buy new cymbals, don't go out and buy a B8 cymbal. Do yourself a favor and save the money you have, and buy a semi-professional quality or higher cymbal. Paiste Innovations are very cheap professional quality cymbals that will make you happy. (Whatever you do, please don't buy a ZBT, please!) Keep in mind that you will need to have the appropriate hardware to mount this cymbal so get a good quality, double braced stand to hold your new baby. The 800 series is great, but if you plan to keep your set a long time, you might want to check out some higher quality, more expensive gear.
BTW, if you add one, put a 7 on it (and so on) so it's relatively organized. I forgot about this.
Q: This is my new Export set. What do you think?
A: Holy tom angles batman! Flatten 'em!
Kidding Great thread!
Last edited by shakermaker1983; 11-28-2004 at 04:50 PM.
Red Sparkle MMX
: 24x18; 22x16; 14x5; 14x6.5; 13x9; 16x14; 18x16; 14x6.5 MHX Snare
Purple Sparkle MHX
Sabian HH Cymbals
14" Regular Hats, 17" & 18" Medium-Thin Crashes, 18" & 19" Medium Crashes, 20" & 22" Classic Rides
I will soon be buying a Pearl EXR as my first new kit (been playing 10 years). Was going to get the Zildjian ZBT 4 Pro Standard Set to go along with it as a cheap but good package. Should I really not buying the ZBTs? Why are you so against them? Can you recommend a similarly priced but better pack?
If you are an experienced player i strongly recommend that you do not get zbts. Um for that price you cna't really find many good cymbals but trust me the ZBT's are horrible. For a little more you could get paiste 802's or paiste alphas but now i think they're discontinued but, i think the new paiste line will be alright. If you don't want to spend too much money i suggest you pay a little bit more than the zbt's and get the sabian b8 pro pack.
Originally Posted by MatthewB
I was bored at work and I've been putting this off for ages. Went ahead and got the Zildjian ZXT pro pack cos I couldn't be bothered waiting for a reply! Supposedly a lot better than the ZBTs. I hope you don't disagree. Mind you, too late now!
Originally Posted by jaehyun89