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Derek Wolfford
07-17-2014, 10:41 AM
In 1973, Pearl set a benchmark in the drumming world with the introduction of Crystal Beat. A stunning combination of visual appeal and powerful sonic attack, Crystal Beat's revolutionary seamless construction was molded -not rolled- creating a strong acrylic drum system that could stand up to the rigors of touring.

Crystal Beat's toms include the Opti-Mount suspension system to remove undue shell pressure and increase sustain. 1.6mm triple-flanged hoops offer just the right amount of attack without sacrificing tonal body.

Derek Wolfford
07-17-2014, 10:42 AM
In 1973, Pearl set a benchmark in the drumming world with the introduction of Crystal Beat. A stunning combination of visual appeal and powerful sonic attack, Crystal Beat's revolutionary seamless construction was molded -not rolled- creating a strong acrylic drum system that could stand up to the rigors of touring.

...with pictures from the NAMM Show.

Derek Wolfford
07-17-2014, 10:43 AM
Crystal Beat's toms include the Opti-Mount suspension system to remove undue shell pressure and increase sustain. 1.6mm triple-flanged hoops offer just the right amount of attack without sacrificing tonal body.

Derek Wolfford
07-17-2014, 10:46 AM
...with more pictures from the NAMM Show.

Derek Wolfford
07-17-2014, 10:47 AM
...with more pics from the NAMM Show.

Derek Wolfford
07-17-2014, 10:48 AM
...with more pictures from the Summer NAMM Show.

Derek Wolfford
07-17-2014, 10:49 AM
...and more Crystal Beat pictures from the NAMM Show.

The Hermit
07-17-2014, 12:18 PM
Awesome news Pearl. Any news on pricing, release date for Europe,etc?

TVTjoey
07-17-2014, 12:19 PM
"AW HELL YAH!!" - my reaction when I saw these in my News Feed on FB.

great work PEARL, about time!

when i first heard of Crush drums, i was like, "alright cool a new company thats offering acrylic shells, and at a killer price.. we'll see how that goes" which made me think, why doesnt Pearl, Tama, etc bring back the acrylic, because no doubt they would do it well and hopefully competitively priced as well!

now alas, my dreams have come true.

Derek Wolfford
07-17-2014, 12:24 PM
Crystal Beat CRB525FP/C in Ruby Red

22x16 bass drum
10x7 tom
12x8 tom
14x13 floor tom
16x15 floor tom

dean13
07-17-2014, 01:00 PM
How much?????!!!

Rhythm Devil
07-17-2014, 01:16 PM
Any details on the hoops, lugs, etc?

Thrush
07-17-2014, 01:22 PM
I'm loving the matching bass drum hoops!

gyorpb
07-17-2014, 01:34 PM
Are those lights an optional accessory?

wsgnst
07-17-2014, 01:34 PM
YES!!

keaton_86
07-17-2014, 02:10 PM
Oh heck yes. They look awesome.

nik12
07-17-2014, 02:13 PM
What part of "I'm trying to save money" do you not understand?

FUUUUUUUUU

Derek Wolfford
07-17-2014, 02:44 PM
Here are some additional details:


Seamless Acrylic Shells 6mm Tom And Snare Drum Shells 7mm Bass Drum Shells Acrylic Bass Drum Hoops W/matching Finish Recessed Bass Drum Claws W/rubber Lining 1.6mm Triple Flanged Hoops 2 Ply Clear Tom Batter Heads 1 Ply Clear Tom Reso Heads 1 Ply Clear Bass Drum Heads W/self-muffling Ring Optimount Suspension System Air Suspension Floor Tom Feet Molded Rubber Gaskets Telescoping Spurs W/rubber Or Spike Tip Beautiful Crystal Clear Finishes Limited 2 Year Warranty

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07-17-2014, 03:04 PM
This is really cool! Those bass drum hoops!

Derek Wolfford
07-17-2014, 04:26 PM
Here's the Crystal Beat page from the updated Price List... download the entire pdf HERE (http://pearldrum.com/support/product-catalogs/).

DrumLord316
07-17-2014, 05:03 PM
It'd be pretty cool to make a Bonham set up out of those!

aizo
07-17-2014, 05:08 PM
Awwwwww no blue?!?!?

DrumLord316
07-17-2014, 05:44 PM
The red is my fav

dean13
07-17-2014, 05:51 PM
What's with the "2-year limited warranty?"

Josh Conover
07-17-2014, 06:51 PM
Wow! I am super excited to see this! Love the new lugs, floor tom brackets, and matching hoops on the kick.

Are the claws new as well? They look a little more curved than the masters series...

Effin rad!!!

nova
07-17-2014, 06:59 PM
I see and I want; in Red of course. Where is Al? He gets really excited with new drums like these. I would love to hear his opinion.

Kiwi
07-17-2014, 07:43 PM
Awwwwww no blue?!?!?
Yes!

Interesting they are placed between SSC and Vision in the pecking order...

wsgnst
07-17-2014, 08:08 PM
Yes! Interesting they are placed between SSC and Vision in the pecking order...

Good...that should mean it's pretty affordable.

Linchdrums
07-17-2014, 08:48 PM
Looking good !!

nova
07-17-2014, 09:55 PM
The Lugs and claws remind me of old Ludwigs. I like the concept. I wonder if the smaller triple flanged hoops will sound like Super Hoops on the Acrylic shells? Are they as sound effective as Super Hoops, or Fat Tone Hoops? I like the original Optimounts with the Black giving a different color with the Acrylic. It has aesthetic Beauty.

HacksawDrums
07-17-2014, 11:31 PM
I happened to be in there website and I just saw that too. I'm glad pearls making acrylic drums again. Any snare drums??

Josh Conover
07-18-2014, 12:00 AM
I happened to be in there website and I just saw that too. I'm glad pearls making acrylic drums again. Any snare drums??

Looks like they'll just have shells for the free-floaters pretty soon (no pricing yet).

gyorpb
07-18-2014, 03:45 AM
14x8 red acrylic free floater...

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JY Kelly
07-18-2014, 03:52 AM
This has me seriously thinking. I've always coveted Eric Singer's clear custom Pearl kit from one of the Cooper tours.

dale w miller
07-18-2014, 04:38 AM
What's with the "2-year limited warranty?"

Acrylic has been known to crack from time to time. It makes sense to me.

nik12
07-18-2014, 05:48 AM
That last shell pack has me further interested. :mad:


Limited 2 Year Warranty
Pearl doesn't trust their acrylic shells as much as they do their wooden ones it seems.


Acrylic has been known to crack from time to time. It makes sense to me.
This could be true. Typically you can find tear out cracks at lug bolts, but most often only seen on snare drums due to the higher head tension...

melvinspeed
07-18-2014, 06:11 AM
I'd like to see a 14" rack tom added to the options. But that's nitpicky, ain't it?

Wow... that clear set... beautiful.

dean13
07-18-2014, 06:26 AM
Acrylic has been known to crack from time to time. It makes sense to me.

Ahhh, interesting. I would have thought them to be more durable then wood.

I've never played an acrylic kit nor have I closely listened to one. How would you describe its sound? What wood is it most closely similar to?

I hope Pearl posts a NAMM "tour" vid of it!

dnice
07-18-2014, 06:41 AM
acrylic free floater?....i see it, but is available for purchase?

gyorpb
07-18-2014, 06:55 AM
The shells are. Well, they will be.

AL PERCIVAL
07-18-2014, 08:21 AM
Purchasing said 14x5 and 14x6.5 "shells only" will be made available for FF snares.

CRB1450
CRB1465

I do not have pricing available as yet.

iCe
07-18-2014, 08:26 AM
Ahhh, interesting. I would have thought them to be more durable then wood.

I've never played an acrylic kit nor have I closely listened to one. How would you describe its sound? What wood is it most closely similar to?

I hope Pearl posts a NAMM "tour" vid of it!

From the kits I have heard they have huge amounts of attack. Not the warm sound wood has or the resonance. That being based on recordings and live stuff. Also a nice phat sound.

Having said that, these kits look amazing and hope for a sharp price. Curious on their sound, but a double bass kit with 3 rack toms and 2 floors would like stunning!

gyorpb
07-18-2014, 08:53 AM
Purchasing said 14x5 and 14x6.5 "shells only" will be made available for FF snares.

CRB1450
CRB1465Web site says P and ED sizes will be available as special order items.

AL PERCIVAL
07-18-2014, 09:04 AM
^ Here in the U.S., we will stock two of the 4 shells listed. Stocking sizes are above (5" and 6.5") with the other sizes as special order shells only.

LDdrummer
07-18-2014, 09:46 AM
Purchasing said 14x5 and 14x6.5 "shells only" will be made available for FF snares.

CRB1450
CRB1465

I do not have pricing available as yet.

Thanks for bring this to my attention...like I didn't have enough to deal with on the new FFs last introduced ;) This is great news though...I have been debating getting an non-Pearl acrylic for some time, and being able to get one that is Pearl will make it much more likely now :)

gyorpb
07-18-2014, 09:59 AM
Hear, hear.

Red acrylic would look awesome with black FF hardware. It's time Pearl started offering that as a standard option. And, seeing as Free Floaters are here to stay, how about getting to work on 13" and 15" FF baskets, guys?

Slow95Cobra
07-18-2014, 10:08 AM
And I thought I was done buying Drums for a while. :) I'm already seeing a clear kit with black hardware, alum. Opti., and black diecast hoops. Thanks Pearl.... You just wrecked my wallet. Lol.

Kudos for bringing them back!! Can't wait to pick one up!!

dnice
07-18-2014, 10:56 AM
Hear, hear.

Red acrylic would look awesome with black FF hardware. It's time Pearl started offering that as a standard option. And, seeing as Free Floaters are here to stay, how about getting to work on 13" and 15" FF baskets, guys?

13" would be on my list as well. 13x7 would be ideal.

Thrush
07-18-2014, 12:48 PM
13" would be on my list as well. 13x7 would be ideal.

This. Very much this!!!

eacast07
07-18-2014, 01:04 PM
There is a snare listed on one of the shell packs. Is that a free floater as well?

nik12
07-18-2014, 01:18 PM
Come think of it, given the occasional lug bolt cracks a FF is probably the best way to build a snare from an acrylic shell.

dale w miller
07-18-2014, 01:32 PM
Ahhh, interesting. I would have thought them to be more durable then wood. I've never played an acrylic kit nor have I closely listened to one. How would you describe its sound? What wood is it most closely similar to? I hope Pearl posts a NAMM "tour" vid of it!

My bassist dropped one on its lug and the shell cracked. I've never seen that with wood.

3pearlkits
07-18-2014, 02:36 PM
Pearl doesn't trust their acrylic shells as much as they do their wooden ones it seems.

This could be true. Typically you can find tear out cracks at lug bolts, but most often only seen on snare drums due to the higher head tension...

Sure, the odd old school acrylic shell has been known to crack (moreso other companies shells that had a seam).
More importantly, nearly all of them have exhibited crazing within the acrylic after a period of time. That period of time varies enormously.

I'm not sure it's a trust thing for Pearl, more a reality thing.
I doubt the acrylic material for the new series will be any different from the original material, so it's more than possible these shells will craze over time as well. This detracts from the acrylic kits only in appearance, not functionality...

nik12
07-18-2014, 02:40 PM
Hazing?

MattFace
07-18-2014, 03:26 PM
Crazing is what can happen to acrylic over time, it happens a lot in fish tanks and the like.

From Wikipedia

Crazing is a phenomenon that frequently precedes fracture in some*glassythermoplastic*polymers. Crazing occurs in regions of high*hydrostatic*tension, or in regions of very localized*yielding, which leads to the formation of interpenetrating microvoids and small*fibrils. If an applied tensile load is sufficient, these bridges elongate and break, causing the microvoids to grow and coalesce; as microvoids coalesce,*cracks*begin to form.


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Slow95Cobra
07-18-2014, 05:25 PM
Come think of it, given the occasional lug bolt cracks a FF is probably the best way to build a snare from an acrylic shell.

Maybe, but mines still holding up
:D

JY Kelly
07-19-2014, 05:52 AM
I've already contacted Al on this.

opus138
07-19-2014, 08:31 AM
Come think of it, given the occasional lug bolt cracks a FF is probably the best way to build a snare from an acrylic shell.

Which is what keeps me tentative on playing my bloom county snare at its age:

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It's a wonderful sounding snare but its age and the fact I made it (meaning I question my drilling skills) combined with the tensions a snare is put under makes me keep it shelved now.

oldbatterhead
07-19-2014, 04:36 PM
Hey Pearl...Make those crystal beats in the same size power tom shells as my DLX and I would be all over them like white on rice!

Neko
07-19-2014, 09:16 PM
I wish they went with Masters lugs or something similar...they look kinda odd to me. It's like the 80's all over again.

Thrush
07-20-2014, 06:46 AM
Hey Pearl...Make those crystal beats in the same size power tom shells as my DLX and I would be all over them like white on rice!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SIhdVVl7DQg/TkP4j4uBEII/AAAAAAAADXo/8ZgmP7C_lmg/s1600/latin-yellow-rice.jpg

steadypocket
07-20-2014, 11:37 AM
I wish they went with Masters lugs or something similar...they look kinda odd to me. It's like the 80's all over again.

I suspect that is the intent, to get that retro look. A lot of drum companies are doing this now, trying to appeal to the old farts like me who are yearning for a nostalgic visit to our glory years. I just picked up a Tama 40th Anniversary reissue snare for example. My guess Is that Pearl has done some extensive R&D to be able to make a consistent acrylic shell that will stand the test of time.

Rhythm Devil
07-20-2014, 12:26 PM
Are the hoops, lugs etc entry level crap? Lol. That's my question.

Slow95Cobra
07-20-2014, 03:52 PM
Looks like SSC lugs maybe... Not a fan of the hoops either. I'll have to rape a Ref kit to get it how I want

coldheater01
07-20-2014, 04:08 PM
Looks like SSC lugs maybe... Not a fan of the hoops either. I'll have to rape a Ref kit to get it how I want

I agree. This kit would look a million times better with Ref hoops and hardware.

mkelley
07-20-2014, 05:53 PM
Of all of the sizes for an acrylic kit, you're missing a 24" bass.

chrisr696
07-20-2014, 07:42 PM
I agree. This kit would look a million times better with Ref hoops and hardware.

You're missing the point. As far as I'm aware, the crystal beats will be priced between visions and sessions. Outfitting them with reference gear will cause the price to sky rocket.

soulrider
07-21-2014, 12:09 AM
Any high quality video/audio of these kits? YouTube doesn't have anything yet.

I expected that someone (not necessarily Pearl) might have recorded something by now

nik12
07-21-2014, 06:10 AM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SIhdVVl7DQg/TkP4j4uBEII/AAAAAAAADXo/8ZgmP7C_lmg/s1600/latin-yellow-rice.jpg
Not sure if subtle Asian joke.


I'll have to rape a Ref kit to get it how I want
The word you're looking for is pillage. Or deconstruct.

Artisan
07-21-2014, 06:13 AM
Are the hoops, lugs etc entry level crap? Lol. That's my question.

Yeah cus the hardware on visions is sooooo crap. :rolleyes:

AL PERCIVAL
07-21-2014, 06:16 AM
Pearl Crystal Beat won "Best of Show" @ Summer NAMM. :D

dean13
07-21-2014, 06:19 AM
Pearl Crystal Beat won "Best of Show" @ Summer NAMM. :D

Awesome!

Hey Al, how similar is the crystal beat to Chad Smith's acrylic kit?

coldheater01
07-21-2014, 06:30 AM
You're missing the point. As far as I'm aware, the crystal beats will be priced between visions and sessions. Outfitting them with reference gear will cause the price to sky rocket.

Yes i know it would, but it'd be cool just to see somebody do it. Probably something that'll never happen, so i guess i can keep dreaming. :)

Slow95Cobra
07-21-2014, 07:44 AM
Yes i know it would, but it'd be cool just to see somebody do it. Probably something that'll never happen, so i guess i can keep dreaming. :)

+1. I understand price point etc... But it's like buying a mustang so to say. Looks great and fast in it's own right... But can be made even better with some mods. :)

Rhythm Devil
07-21-2014, 10:48 AM
Yeah cus the hardware on visions is sooooo crap. :rolleyes:

Well your 'tude sucks. Lol. They have not given any real specifics, have they? Plain 1.6 hoops that are not Fat Tone....I would call that "crap" in the larger scheme of things and even generally speaking. Just sayin'.

MitchLyons
07-21-2014, 10:52 AM
Well your 'tude sucks. Lol. They have not said any real specifics, have they? 1.6 hoops that are not Fat Tone....I would call that crap in the larger scheme of things. Just sayin'. Essentially, the Fat Tones ARE 1.6 hoops, just stamped with "Fat Tone". The Vision hardware is very solid, and honestly, I think that not using Ref hardware is going to keep the price down and really aim for younger players as well as seasoned pros.

Rhythm Devil
07-21-2014, 11:02 AM
Essentially, the Fat Tones ARE 1.6 hoops, just stamped with "Fat Tone". The Vision hardware is very solid, and honestly, I think that not using Ref hardware is going to keep the price down and really aim for younger players as well as seasoned pros.

Yes, Fat Tone hoops are 1.6mm. But, they are of a higher quality and more durable. Or so I have read. Mastercast would likely squash whatever tone they have. 2.3 Superhoops a little less so and so on. The kit would seem to deserve better hoops than those that would go on a Forum, Export, etc. that's the point I am getting at.

nik12
07-21-2014, 11:04 AM
Haters will be hatin'.

http://img.pandawhale.com/92175-naked-gun-epic-facepalm-gif-Im-fTQ2.gif

MitchLyons
07-21-2014, 11:12 AM
Yes, Fat Tone hoops are 1.6mm. But, they are of a higher quality and more durable. Or so I have read.

How so? I'm interested. Should a company add a clever name to whatever item to make it seem more high quality?

Examples: Mapex Sound Accentuators (cymbals felts with rubber), DW True Pitch Tension Rods

opus138
07-21-2014, 11:35 AM
How so? I'm interested. Should a company add a clever name to whatever item to make it seem more high quality?

Per the patent:

"By rolling and securing the surfaces of the upper edge 100 and the inner peripheral surface 110, the hoop 30 has an increased rigidity compared to other flange hoops and may better withstand wear caused, for example, by drumming performed on the hoop 30. The hoop described above also results in a low mass hoop having increased structural integrity while maintaining flexibility to allow a drum having the described hoop to be tuned even when the drum shell or the head is not completely round. In this regard, the hoop 30 may be formed from lighter weight metals with hoop dimensions to reduce the overall mass of the hoop while maintaining equivalent or improved structural integrity and performance. "

MitchLyons
07-21-2014, 11:37 AM
Per the patent: "By rolling and securing the surfaces of the upper edge 100 and the inner peripheral surface 110, the hoop 30 has an increased rigidity compared to other flange hoops and may better withstand wear caused, for example, by drumming performed on the hoop 30. The hoop described above also results in a low mass hoop having increased structural integrity while maintaining flexibility to allow a drum having the described hoop to be tuned even when the drum shell or the head is not completely round. In this regard, the hoop 30 may be formed from lighter weight metals with hoop dimensions to reduce the overall mass of the hoop while maintaining equivalent or improved structural integrity and performance. "

It's lighter and uses sharper rolls?

opus138
07-21-2014, 11:39 AM
It's lighter and uses sharper rolls?

I'm not here to interpret, just presenting the evidence. If it's of that much interest, feel free to comb through it: United States Patent 8,367,917

Rhythm Devil
07-21-2014, 12:34 PM
Hahaha. Not hating, just thinking about/debating what this kit is. I've been dreaming about the idea of a kit that is mostly impervious to temperature changes and humidity. I think I'll hold out for the future Pearl Ultracast kit ((if they ever make one...Pearl!), that WILL have a 14" rack, standard. Hahaha. Oh, and with Fat Tone Hoops too.

wsgnst
07-21-2014, 12:38 PM
Yes, Fat Tone hoops are 1.6mm. But, they are of a higher quality and more durable. Or so I have read. Mastercast would likely squash whatever tone they have. 2.3 Superhoops a little less so and so on. The kit would seem to deserve better hoops than those that would go on a Forum, Export, etc. that's the point I am getting at.

So you're the one who falls for these marketing gimmicks...

Rhythm Devil
07-21-2014, 12:52 PM
So you're the one who falls for these marketing gimmicks...

Maybe I am. But if I were, I don't my MCX wouldn't have Superhoops. I'm actually more just a "triple flange dude". The Fat Tone hoops were introduced with the REF Pure kits and soon after, Masters Legend. The Fat Tone hoops have the top edge rolled/bent over inwards and then welded. You get a lightweight hoop that is more rigid than a regular 1.6 hoop. Fat Tone (triple flange steel) are Pearls 'flagship' hoop alternate to Mastercast (die cast zinc).

nik12
07-21-2014, 12:57 PM
Maybe I am. But if I were, I don't my MCX wouldn't have Superhoops. I'm actually more just a "triple flange dude". The Fat Tone hoops were introduced with the REF Pure kits and soon after, Masters Legend. The Fat Tone hoops have the top edge rolled/bent over the inwards and then welded. You get a lightweight hoop that is more rigid than a regular 1.6 hoop. Fat Tone (triple flange steel) are Pearls 'flagship' hoop alternate to Mastercast (die cast zinc).
Is there a cross-section view of this? Because if they are bending that top flange right around and welding it to the upright part, they are actually moving mass/area towards the cross-section's neutral axis ultimately reducing its stiffness.

Rhythm Devil
07-21-2014, 01:06 PM
Is there a cross-section view of this? Because if they are bending that top flange right around and welding it to the upright part, they are actually moving mass/area towards the cross-section's neutral axis ultimately reducing its stiffness.

Fascinating. Get some and do a test. Maybe Pearl just ran with it. Lol.

On a side note, I love how the PDF always has an agreeable contingent that knows everything more than **insert poster here**, who obviously is clueless. We can always count on that. Run with it. Rant over.

Josh Conover
07-21-2014, 01:07 PM
Is there a cross-section view of this? Because if they are bending that top flange right around and welding it to the upright part, they are actually moving mass/area towards the cross-section's neutral axis ultimately reducing its stiffness.

Found this on the webz...

Josh Conover
07-21-2014, 01:19 PM
Idk, DW is doing something similar with their True Hoops. Pretty much the same concept, minus the weld.

eacast07
07-21-2014, 04:59 PM
Maybe die cast is too heavy for the shells. Might be more susceptible to crack the shells. Plus acrylic has no tone already. Imagine die cast? Sound like plastic water jugs I'd imagine. 2.3 maybe but again what if there is too much stress on the shells especially if there is high tension.

nik12
07-21-2014, 06:14 PM
Plus acrylic has no tone already.
Why do you say that?

Slow95Cobra
07-21-2014, 07:18 PM
Why do you say that?

That's what I'd like to know...

44Ronin
07-21-2014, 07:33 PM
1.6mm hoops are not "crap"

mkelley
07-21-2014, 07:45 PM
Maybe die cast is too heavy for the shells. Might be more susceptible to crack the shells. Plus acrylic has no tone already. Imagine die cast? Sound like plastic water jugs I'd imagine. 2.3 maybe but again what if there is too much stress on the shells especially if there is high tension.

If it has a membrane on top or bottom or both, it has a tone. It's the physics of how drums work.

eacast07
07-21-2014, 10:02 PM
If it has a membrane on top or bottom or both, it has a tone. It's the physics of how drums work.

I know. But no one buys acrylic for a rich tonal sound. Is it possible? yes with head selection. But you want that fat sound with a quick decay. Can be tonal but not what it is most wanted for. Seran wrap on a bucket can be tonal but c mon. You know what I mean.

Slow95Cobra
07-22-2014, 07:14 AM
It's not going to be a warm maple kit... It has it's own sound.

AL PERCIVAL
07-22-2014, 07:42 AM
I hope the marketing guys do make a sound clip of the crystal beats. While most acrylic shells are bright, The crystal beats do have a warmer sound than most. Shane from Drum Center of Portsmouth NH was very impressed with them @summer NAMM.

KG
07-22-2014, 10:14 AM
Thanks Al!!
So..obviously price-wise these are just up from the Vision series(which I own one of). Sound/quality-wise..can you compare to the other lines, and if so..how do they compare?? I'm afraid I know nothing about acrylic drums so..I'm going just by price, and assuming the quality is around the same or a step up from a Vision kit.??
In any case..I think I may see my next kit purchase...oh dear... :P

AL PERCIVAL
07-22-2014, 11:41 AM
The shells are seamless acrylic. Thicker 7.5mm thickness making them more flexible, less brittle and able to produce more tone. They have our dual 45 bearing edge cut. Depending on what you shell pack you're looking at, pricing is quite affordable ranging from USD list $1499 to USD List $2165 for 5pc 22-10-12-14F-16F. The Ultra clear and Ruby Red Glass are stellar as is the Tangerine Glass that I'd love to built a Bonham kit from. :D

AL PERCIVAL
07-22-2014, 11:46 AM
:D Tangerine Dream......

Slow95Cobra
07-22-2014, 12:07 PM
We need a 24" kick Al!!!!

AL PERCIVAL
07-22-2014, 12:13 PM
working on it..... :D

this is just the initial launch

oldbatterhead
07-22-2014, 12:17 PM
AL, Any plans to include Power Tom sizes similar to those from the early to mid 80s'? I would just love to se a huge 9-11 piece double bass drum power rack tom set up starting with a 6 -8-10-12-13-14 with 16"X 16 and & 18X 18" floor toms and 14 X 8 snare and a double 22" X 20" deep kick drums...throw in a 4 pack of rocket toms to match...that would be awesome....that done up in the red or clear would be incredible!

AL PERCIVAL
07-22-2014, 12:42 PM
^ Hopefully more sizes will be added. We'll see what happens after the initial launch.

Slow95Cobra
07-22-2014, 01:02 PM
^ Hopefully more sizes will be added. We'll see what happens after the initial launch.

If a 24" and 18" floor is added, I'll be ordering one in some special sizes :D

AL PERCIVAL
07-22-2014, 02:41 PM
^ Me too! :D

The Kurgan
07-22-2014, 04:55 PM
If a 24" and 18" floor is added, I'll be ordering one in some special sizes :D

I might even get in on that action. That kit with some LED's would make a great gig kit.

Slow95Cobra
07-22-2014, 07:13 PM
I might even get in on that action. That kit with some LED's would make a great gig kit.

That's what I was thinking

wsgnst
07-22-2014, 07:22 PM
I think someone else asked, but I never saw an answer: Who sells the LED lights that were in the pictures from NAMM? Are those also available from Pearl?

Genius Switch
07-22-2014, 08:55 PM
I think someone else asked, but I never saw an answer: Who sells the LED lights that were in the pictures from NAMM? Are those also available from Pearl?

I've seen where you can buy a length of LED "ribbon" that comes on a spool or almost like a roll of tape and you cut it to length then attach a few wire clips to either end for power.

MitchLyons
07-22-2014, 09:23 PM
I've seen where you can buy a length of LED "ribbon" that comes on a spool or almost like a roll of tape and you cut it to length then attach a few wire clips to either end for power.

If you could direct me to such a thing, you'd have my eternal gratitude.

oldbatterhead
07-22-2014, 09:30 PM
ebay...do a search on ebay for LED lights and you will get over a million responses...LED Strip lighting is what you are looking for...you can get it in numerous colours and even some that are multiple colours in one string...get the connectors and wire online to. You could go as far as drilling the acrylic shells and put in some kind of plug socket...or run the wires through the vent hole...nice effect, especially if you did multiple colours

MitchLyons
07-22-2014, 09:35 PM
ebay...do a search on ebay for LED lights and you will get over a million responses...LED Strip lighting is what you are looking for...you can get it in numerous colours and even some that are multiple colours in one string...get the connectors and wire online to. You could go as far as drilling the acrylic shells and put in some kind of plug socket...or run the wires through the vent hole...nice effect, especially if you did multiple colours

I've been considering running LED tape around my kick reso hoop, but I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking for.

Also, I'd love to mount a really bright light in my toms, but I'm not sure how. I'd like to do something like a May Microphone Mount type of thing, just with a light instead of a microphone.

Ideas?

oldbatterhead
07-22-2014, 10:01 PM
a) calculate how much strip lighting you need by determining the inside circumference of your drum shells...10" tom = 10 X 3.14 or 31.4 inches of strip lights
b) use two face tape to attach it to the inside of your tom
c) connect the electrical connections to the strip light and run the wires through your vent holes or drill a hole in your tom for some sort of through shell bulkhead electrical connector
d) connect the wires to an electrical source and you are good to go

MitchLyons
07-22-2014, 10:27 PM
a) calculate how much strip lighting you need by determining the inside circumference of your drum shells...10" tom = 10 X 3.14 or 31.4 inches of strip lights b) use two face tape to attach it to the inside of your tom c) connect the electrical connections to the strip light and run the wires through your vent holes or drill a hole in your tom for some sort of through shell bulkhead electrical connector d) connect the wires to an electrical source and you are good to go

So, for that, I'd just be doing the kick hoop. I'm just not sure what items I'd need to purchase, specifically.

Like I said, for toms, I want a bright light mounted in the dead center of the drum (8" in, 8" deep), I'm just not sure how to mount it.

HacksawDrums
07-22-2014, 11:38 PM
So, for that, I'd just be doing the kick hoop. I'm just not sure what items I'd need to purchase, specifically. Like I said, for toms, I want a bright light mounted in the dead center of the drum (8" in, 8" deep), I'm just not sure how to mount it.

Mount it like the Kelly shu system. Use the lugs in the top and bottom in a x shape.

MitchLyons
07-22-2014, 11:42 PM
Mount it like the Kelly shu system. Use the lugs in the top and bottom in a x shape.

That was the goal, but use what to mount it?

chrisr696
07-23-2014, 01:29 AM
Pearl used a company called Drumlite at Namm I think.

The Kurgan
07-23-2014, 06:28 AM
IKEA sells them too. My buddy has an acrylic OCPD kit & he ran lights at the top & bottom of each drum. They change color with a remote.... Looks very cool from the audience side.

nik12
07-23-2014, 06:39 AM
a) calculate how much strip lighting you need by determining the inside circumference of your drum shells...10" tom = 10 X 3.14 or 31.4 inches of strip lights
I don't think the inside diameter of a 10 inch shell is 10 inches...


;)

MitchLyons
07-23-2014, 07:06 AM
Pearl used a company called Drumlite at Namm I think.

I've looked into them, but their prices are crazy.

oldbatterhead
07-23-2014, 07:23 PM
I don't think the inside diameter of a 10 inch shell is 10 inches...


;)

I agree, although it would be pretty close...one could measure across the inside of the shell with a caliper of some sort of even a tape measure...it does not have to be exact but as close as possible so the strip lights would be all the way around

AL PERCIVAL
07-24-2014, 12:33 PM
A jelly bean kit we put on display here in the office with lights - pretty cool if I don't say so myself.

dale w miller
07-24-2014, 12:33 PM
What is it about this acrylic kit that makes a lot of you like it more than others that have come out already?

AL PERCIVAL
07-24-2014, 12:38 PM
And an Ultra clear acrylic - 22-13-16-18.

Artisan
07-24-2014, 12:43 PM
What is it about this acrylic kit that makes a lot of you like it more than others that have come out already?

They're affordable, and made by a big brand. I reckon that plays a part. People maybe don't want to venture into offerings from companies like Crush

eacast07
07-24-2014, 01:03 PM
What is it about this acrylic kit that makes a lot of you like it more than others that have come out already? For pearl players it's cause we know and understand pearl and what to expect from pearl. It's a security and convenience thing. That says more about the company than it says about us.

nik12
07-24-2014, 01:05 PM
What is it about this acrylic kit that makes a lot of you like it more than others that have come out already?
It's Pearl.

Acrylic BD hoops.

dale w miller
07-24-2014, 01:14 PM
It's Pearl.

Acrylic BD hoops.

I like the hoops for sure.


They're affordable, and made by a big brand. I reckon that plays a part. People maybe don't want to venture into offerings from companies like Crush

Yeah, I do not know what affordable means as that is different to everyone. If you want to say they are cheaper than the Vistalites or small companies like my GMS in my signaure, then I can see what you are saying and why some would be attracted to that.

Let's face it though, many of us choose companies we are comfortable with & trust. Taking that into account, it does not surprise me why so many current Pearl players would be excited about this kit. The thing is the shells are more than likely outsourced and the name and feeling comfortable with the hardware & lugs are really all that is being offered here. Because of that and the fact they can be delicate is probably why Pearl has not given their now standard lifetime guarantee.

opus138
07-24-2014, 01:22 PM
Let's face it though, many of us choose companies we are comfortable with & trust. Taking that into account, it does not surprise me why so many current Pearl players would be excited about this kit. The thing is the shells are more than likely outsourced and the name and feeling comfortable with the hardware & lugs are really all that is being offered here. Because of that and the fact they can be delicate is probably why Pearl has not given their now standard lifetime guarantee.

Anyone from Pearl care to chime in on the shells' origination?

And regarding the delicate aspect, I imagine that's why there's no snares offered. The tension on the shells that would be put on via the higher tension snares see versus toms are obviously seen as a liability which is why they went the FF shell route.

Artisan
07-24-2014, 01:45 PM
Yeah, I do not know what affordable means as that is different to everyone. If you want to say they are cheaper than the Vistalites or small companies like my GMS in my signaure, then I can see what you are saying and why some would be attracted to that.

Let's face it though, many of us choose companies we are comfortable with & trust. Taking that into account, it does not surprise me why so many current Pearl players would be excited about this kit. The thing is the shells are more than likely outsourced and the name and feeling comfortable with the hardware & lugs are really all that is being offered here. Because of that and the fact they can be delicate is probably why Pearl has not given their now standard lifetime guarantee.

Yes, sorry, i mean affordable as in not top of the range prices.
And your second point just elaborated on my second point :) So i totally agree.

dale w miller
07-24-2014, 02:10 PM
Yes, sorry, i mean affordable as in not top of the range prices. And your second point just elaborated on my second point :) So i totally agree.

Most likely there is not going to be any sonic difference between that kit and any of the others, including mine. It's all looks and a name.

dean13
07-24-2014, 02:45 PM
Most likely there is not going to be any sonic difference between that kit and any of the others, including mine. It's all looks and a name.

And heads.

keaton_86
07-24-2014, 02:59 PM
I have a question, and please dont take this the wrong way as I think these kits look awesome, and I'd love some myself.

How is it that these kits won best at show at namm? I mean other companies have been doing acrylic for a while now, so its not like this is a groundbreaking product. I'd just like to know the decision behind the award.

dean13
07-24-2014, 04:06 PM
I have a question, and please dont take this the wrong way as I think these kits look awesome, and I'd love some myself. How is it that these kits won best at show at namm? I mean other companies have been doing acrylic for a while now, so its not like this is a groundbreaking product. I'd just like to know the decision behind the award.

My guess is that summer NAMM just isn't nearly as popular for most companies. I'm guessing it has to do with when the product is actually available to sell. Which doesn't make sense because don't these new products usually take 3-4 months to arrive with consumers? That would put its availability right around Christmas time...

3pearlkits
07-24-2014, 04:46 PM
I would suggest the interest in the "new" Crystal Beat's has, at least in part, ridden on the back of the successful re-release of the SCC and the Export Series.
ie moving forward with Reference Pure, going retro with (now) three re-releases. The retro based re-release concept also in part explains lug styling and 1.6mm hoops, in this case. Given many drummers are nowadays striving towards more open resonant drum sounds, 1.6mm hoops make sense, if you can tune lol.

Acrylic is acrylic (if it's a chemical compound other than PMMA, then technically it isn't acrylic), so if another companies product costs twice as much, it's not "twice as good" acrylic. In my mind, if an acrylic shelled kit costs twice as much as a competitors, no doubt that's the value placed by that company on their product, but more often than not is construed as "that's just a rip off driven by marketing and hype".

Despite the misconceptions about acrylic:
"There are some misconceptions about acrylic, namely that it yellows, turns brittle, and cracks over time. Though this might be true of cheap forms of plastic, it is not so with acrylic. If taken care of, this material can remain new looking for several decades, regardless of age or exposure to sun."
(http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-acrylic.htm)
spending a lot my time in the vintage section since coming to the PDF has shown this to be not true.
I would ballpark at least 50% of the old school Crystal Beats exhibit various grades of crazing after a period of time, though I think that is more related to storage conditions and abuse much more than shell material itself.
This in part explains a limited warranty compared to the lifetime warranty offered on other Series from Pearl.

I apologise to Pearl, I don't wish to be seen as raining on the parade of a re release, in fact if I was looking for a new kit, of the three, I would go for new Crystal Beats. I think they would not be disimilar to the much loved 70's fibreglass shells, ie loud, with great projection, and a somewhat unique tone compared to wood and metal shells.
I do believe however that one has to make informed decisions...

Slow95Cobra
07-25-2014, 07:05 AM
And an Ultra clear acrylic - 22-13-16-18.

18 tom already.... C'mon 24" kick!!!! :D

nova
07-27-2014, 01:02 PM
This Ludwig is why they are so popular. I believe it has a 24" bass drum, a 14" mounted tom, and 16" and 18" FT's, and then the tympani really tops off the look. The single bass licks were and are the best in all the lands. The price is kept down so one can buy the Tympani and the Gong.

DarkNostril
07-27-2014, 07:51 PM
Most likely there is not going to be any sonic difference between that kit and any of the others, including mine. It's all looks and a name.
That's my thought too. And sound being more or less equal, the Pearls start looking like a much better buy. They have more options available for colors and sizes for about the same money as well as more configuration options from the factory (such as that 1up/2down shell pack).

Crush Acrylic - $1100
Pearl Crystal Beat - $1100-$1500
DW Design Acrylic - $1500
Ludwig Vistalite - $3000+

paistepower92
07-27-2014, 09:26 PM
I've looked into them, but their prices are crazy.

You should also be able to find LED strips at Home Depot.

dale w miller
07-28-2014, 10:31 AM
That's my thought too. And sound being more or less equal, the Pearls start looking like a much better buy. They have more options available for colors and sizes for about the same money as well as more configuration options from the factory (such as that 1up/2down shell pack).

Crush Acrylic - $1100
Pearl Crystal Beat - $1100-$1500
DW Design Acrylic - $1500
Ludwig Vistalite - $3000+

I am sure GMS could give you something in the Crush-DW range with unlimited amount of colors.

iCe
07-28-2014, 12:14 PM
What heads will be on them? Protones or Remo heads? On the pics i spot Pearl heads and the product page doesn't name a brand.

DarkNostril
07-28-2014, 07:43 PM
I am sure GMS could give you something in the Crush-DW range with unlimited amount of colors.
Say what now? I just assumed they would run about the same as the rest of their high end offerings. Why don't they get the word out!?

dale w miller
07-28-2014, 09:11 PM
Say what now? I just assumed they would run about the same as the rest of their high end offerings. Why don't they get the word out!?

It's not a product that they are psyched on.

nova
07-29-2014, 04:05 PM
Al Percival or Derek Wolfford; Are the Crystal Beats better with 1.6 mm triple Flanged hoops? Shouldn't they have Super Hoops 2 or Fat Tone Hoops? Does it matter on an Acrylic Kit? This is what we're asking about and don't really Know.

wsgnst
07-29-2014, 09:36 PM
While I'm sure the 1.6mm hoops are just fine, it's important to remember some choices are made to meet certain price points, not because they are the absolute best choice regardless of cost or profitability .

ADrummersdad
08-10-2014, 07:13 PM
I've seen where you can buy a length of LED "ribbon" that comes on a spool or almost like a roll of tape and you cut it to length then attach a few wire clips to either end for power.

I made an LED lamp for my son out of a pearl snare. I put a clear head on top and used automotive LED lights inside the shell. The lights come with 2 sided tape that sticks really well, I've also used these on nitro RC cars and they haven't come off. They are 12 volt lights, so what I did was get a 12 volt plug/transformer like you'd see on a racetrack from Radio Shack. Just cut the end off the transformer and the LED strip. Twist them together and tape them up and your all set. I ran the wire through the vent hole. I hung the snare on the wall, looks store bought.

ADrummersdad
08-10-2014, 07:24 PM
I like the hoops for sure.



Yeah, I do not know what affordable means as that is different to everyone. If you want to say they are cheaper than the Vistalites or small companies like my GMS in my signaure, then I can see what you are saying and why some would be attracted to that.

Let's face it though, many of us choose companies we are comfortable with & trust. Taking that into account, it does not surprise me why so many current Pearl players would be excited about this kit. The thing is the shells are more than likely outsourced and the name and feeling comfortable with the hardware & lugs are really all that is being offered here. Because of that and the fact they can be delicate is probably why Pearl has not given their now standard lifetime guarantee.
I think also think the Pearl name will help sell this kit to the people that put their trust in this company. I myself have always wanted a Bonham sized vistalite kit, but cost was always an issue for what I always thought was a kit that had a short window on looks. Many of the kits I've seen all have the crazing people are describing if they are not in fact cracked. I've come to realize that acrylic shells just do this, and this thread seems to back that assumption up. In the end, I would consider a low end Crush acrylic kit
For the looks only aspect of it and because it would just look cool at gigs. I figure if they're going to be trashed in a few years, might as well not pay top dollar now for what's considered "better" just to watch it crack.

hwy 49
08-12-2014, 12:39 PM
If the Clear came In a 24 Kick 12 & 13 rack toms and a 18 ft I would Jump all over one of these Kits

Slow95Cobra
08-12-2014, 03:54 PM
If the Clear came In a 24 Kick 12 & 13 rack toms and a 18 ft I would Jump all over one of these Kits

That's what I'm waiting on. 24-12-16-18. Then it's on...... (Like I need another kit.... Lol)

iCe
09-20-2014, 04:06 AM
When will they be released? Pearl spammed social media with the CB's and then it was suddenly quiet.

nik12
09-23-2014, 07:12 AM
When will they be released? Pearl spammed social media with the CB's and then it was suddenly quiet.
When they are available for purchase there will be a second spamming.

iCe
09-23-2014, 10:59 AM
When they are available for purchase there will be a second spamming.

Someone should make a "Brace yourself" meme for this ;)

big daddy cool
09-27-2014, 10:55 AM
That's what I'm waiting on. 24-12-16-18. Then it's on...... (Like I need another kit.... Lol) must have 24/26 or its just not happening

AL PERCIVAL
09-29-2014, 07:04 AM
24 drum molds are in the works I believe.

big daddy cool
09-29-2014, 09:19 AM
24 drum molds are in the works I believe. bruhahahaha!!

Slow95Cobra
09-29-2014, 10:56 AM
bruhahahaha!!

Ditto.... Lolzzz

big daddy cool
09-29-2014, 01:38 PM
Ditto.... Lolzzz
I can see a red double bass kit in the future!

BadAstronaut
10-09-2014, 07:21 AM
wow .. why were my posts deleted? .. guess one can't ask for bigger sizes and more color options for Crystal Beat in the future

nik12
10-09-2014, 07:46 AM
Because the powers that be decided we were too rowdy over the past few days and deleted every post since the fourth to remove all evidence of our heathen ways.

AL PERCIVAL
10-09-2014, 08:24 AM
As I understand it, the PDF forum took a hit late Tuesday night and recovery didn't completely recapture all the threads.

MattFace
10-09-2014, 10:38 AM
Because the powers that be decided we were too rowdy over the past few days and deleted every post since the fourth to remove all evidence of our heathen ways.

This sounds like the best possible reason to me.

BadAstronaut
10-09-2014, 12:54 PM
As I understand it, the PDF forum took a hit late Tuesday night and recovery didn't completely recapture all the threads.yeah I tried logging in other day and kept getting an error page so I gave up. Figured PDF was down.

BadAstronaut
10-09-2014, 12:55 PM
Because the powers that be decided we were too rowdy over the past few days and deleted every post since the fourth to remove all evidence of our heathen ways.haha .. sounds logical

Funky Animal
01-25-2015, 01:06 AM
Will these come to Europe? When?

AL PERCIVAL
01-27-2015, 08:52 AM
Will these come to Europe? When?

You will have to ask your Pearl Europe distributor. They were again a huge hit @NAMM in Anaheim, California.

dunnigan66
01-27-2015, 10:46 AM
You will have to ask your Pearl Europe distributor. They were again a huge hit @NAMM in Anaheim, California.

Please ship these kits lol still waiting on back order from November 8 inch tom getting lonely. I also saw Tama is releasing a Silverstar Mirage Acrylic kit. Hint to Pearl with matching snare :)

Dan The Man 2003
01-28-2015, 08:24 AM
This Ludwig is why they are so popular. I believe it has a 24" bass drum, a 14" mounted tom, and 16" and 18" FT's, and then the tympani really tops off the look. The single bass licks were and are the best in all the lands. The price is kept down so one can buy the Tympani and the Gong.

Bonham's kick drums were all 26"x14"

big daddy cool
01-28-2015, 10:46 AM
I don't think PMI anticipated the need for 24. And 26. Kicks or the overall reaction being so positive.
They will receive my order if/when we get some appropriate size kicks available! My apologies to all the little kick lovers.

pearlygates
01-31-2015, 07:00 PM
I saw a 1up 2 down CB at my local shop today.. Soooo tempted. Oh the GAS pains!!

nova
02-01-2015, 02:28 AM
Gotta watch the GAS! Last attack I had we stopped at Grandma's Music on the way to rehearsal with the B Kit. He got new strings (why we stopped), and I came out $320.00 lighter with a 2nd Power Shifter Dbl Eliminator Pedal; 2002-C. Didn't have time to put it together before we played so I used the DW 5000 single pedal I had been using on the B Kit. Turned out eventually to be the last time we played there so I still have a NIB P-2002-C Dbl pedal. Great pedals but my other pair are not worn out. Impulsive GAS can be fatal.

pearlygates
02-01-2015, 06:26 AM
Gotta watch the GAS! Last attack I had we stopped at Grandma's Music on the way to rehearsal with the B Kit. He got new strings (why we stopped), and I came out $320.00 lighter with a 2nd Power Shifter Dbl Eliminator Pedal; 2002-C. Didn't have time to put it together before we played so I used the DW 5000 single pedal I had been using on the B Kit. Turned out eventually to be the last time we played there so I still have a NIB P-2002-C Dbl pedal. Great pedals but my other pair are not worn out. Impulsive GAS can be fatal. Yeah.. I hear that. If I can get interstate to let me return my EXX.. I just might grab the Crystal Beats today. They are the tangerine tint and sound incredible to me. Do I need them? No. Would they be cool to own and play? Ummmm..cha! It's funny. The wife is the one who pushes me to get all this new gear!

MattFace
02-07-2015, 04:34 PM
Saw these at the GC today pretty neat to finally see them in person

MattFace
02-07-2015, 04:35 PM
Saw these at the GC today pretty neat to finally see them in person



478899

Phone caught a case of the dumb and dumbed all over that last post, and turned the pic sideways here.

MitchLyons
02-07-2015, 04:36 PM
Saw these at the GC today pretty neat to finally see them in person. Dang phone turned the picture sideways, I assume the black hardware is a GC special?

The ones in Marietta? I didn't like how they were tuned with the Black Chrome Evans. Did you see the DW Collectors with the exotic finish?

pearlygates
02-07-2015, 05:50 PM
Just bought a 1up, 2down Crystal Beat in tangerine tint from Interstate music today..
8x12" rack, 13x14" floor, 15x16" floor and 16x22" kick!! So stoked! Played a Ludwig Vistalite and the CB sounded freakin' waay nicer! Full bodied and punchy as opposed to the Vistas (at nearly 3x the cost) that seemed boingy and thin sounding!? Pearl hit a home run with the new Crystals!

I will be posting a thread tomorrow or early next week.

MattFace
02-07-2015, 06:57 PM
The ones in Marietta? I didn't like how they were tuned with the Black Chrome Evans. Did you see the DW Collectors with the exotic finish?

Yes, I got a gift card for Xmas and was in the area. I bought some sticks. They had an obnoxious amount of DW kits with that Collectors. They also had a used Scarlet Fade ELX that was so abused it was sad to look at them.

AL PERCIVAL
02-07-2015, 10:42 PM
Just bought a 1up, 2down Crystal Beat in tangerine tint from Interstate music today..
8x12" rack, 13x14" floor, 15x16" floor and 16x22" kick!! So stoked! Played a Ludwig Vistalite and the CB sounded freakin' waay nicer! Full bodied and punchy as opposed to the Vistas (at nearly 3x the cost) that seemed boingy and thin sounding!? Pearl hit a home run with the new Crystals!

I will be posting a thread tomorrow or early next week.

The crystal beat shells are fully rounded with an apex 45 edge cut. They sound full deep and punchy while still being very articulate. Can't wait to see your amber CB setup. Man Pearly?………….. You've been on a spending spree of late :D

pearlygates
02-09-2015, 02:25 PM
478968

Set up in the drum cave.

Sent from my iPhone using Pearl Drums

LDdrummer
02-09-2015, 07:14 PM
<img src="http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=478968"/> Set up in the drum cave. Sent from my iPhone using Pearl Drums

Love it! That is another awesome kit my friend! You have chosen wisely!

pearlygates
02-09-2015, 08:40 PM
The crystal beat shells are fully rounded with an apex 45 edge cut. They sound full deep and punchy while still being very articulate. Can't wait to see your amber CB setup. Man Pearly?.. You've been on a spending spree of late :D

Amazing punch and projection with a nice slap.. Great rock kit for sure!


Love it! That is another awesome kit my friend! You have chosen wisely!

Yeah it's def. sweet! And thanks for the kind words!

wsgnst
02-12-2015, 08:40 AM
Maybe it's mentioned somewhere, but does the crystal beat come with tom arms? I'm guessing no, but just checking.

AL PERCIVAL
02-12-2015, 09:03 AM
Maybe it's mentioned somewhere, but does the crystal beat come with tom arms? I'm guessing no, but just checking.

Tom arms sold separately. My suggestion? TH900S uni-lock. great value and plenty strong.

wsgnst
02-12-2015, 09:07 AM
Tom arms sold separately. My suggestion? TH900S uni-lock. great value and plenty strong.

I agree the TH900s is great. I had a few hanging around, but I sold them with one of my Pear kits. So I'll have to find a couple new ones if I go for the Crystal beat. Thanks!

therocker
02-12-2015, 05:58 PM
You will have to ask your Pearl Europe distributor. They were again a huge hit @NAMM in Anaheim, California.

This kit looks totally amazing-I'm considering selling all my kits and buy 1 new one! ( for room reasons) the Crystal Beat maybe that kit!

pearlygates
02-12-2015, 06:04 PM
Tom arms sold separately. My suggestion? TH900S uni-lock. great value and plenty strong. +1 on the 900s!

pearlygates
02-12-2015, 06:07 PM
This kit looks totally amazing-I'm considering selling all my kits and buy 1 new one! ( for room reasons) the Crystal Beat maybe that kit! Amazing kit!

Jerry Skiddz
02-19-2015, 05:42 PM
Would it be possible to order a kit with no legs mounted on the 14"?

pearlygates
02-19-2015, 06:18 PM
Would it be possible to order a kit with no legs mounted on the 14"?

To my knowledge no..

Jerry Skiddz
02-25-2015, 06:56 PM
Just picked up a set yesterday... Clear with black hardware. 10, 12, 16, 22. Mounted all the toms on Gauger Alloy RIMS. I'm really digging them so far, but I'll give them the real test at my gigs this weekend.

*** HELPFUL TIP ***

There's a place on eBay (I think they're called Music For All) selling these kits for the standard price of $1099, but they're including a free set of Humes & Berg Galaxy bags. Because of the more delicate nature of the acrylic shells, I'm using hard cases for them. So I showed the eBay listing to the guys at Guitar Center, and they agreed to match it. Since I didn't need the bags, I was able to get them to throw in all new heads for the toms, a kick batter, and one of those plastic mic hole reinforcing rings for the reso head in place of the bags.

Josh Conover
02-25-2015, 07:04 PM
Just picked up a set yesterday... Clear with black hardware. 10, 12, 16, 22. Mounted all the toms on Gauger Alloy RIMS. I'm really digging them so far, but I'll give them the real test at my gigs this weekend. *** HELPFUL TIP *** There's a place on eBay (I think they're called Music For All) selling these kits for the standard price of $1099, but they're including a free set of Humes & Berg Galaxy bags. Because of the more delicate nature of the acrylic shells, I'm using hard cases for them. So I showed the eBay listing to the guys at Guitar Center, and they agreed to match it. Since I didn't need the bags, I was able to get them to throw in all new heads for the toms, a kick batter, and one of those plastic mic hole reinforcing rings for the reso head in place of the bags.

Pics, good sir, or it didn't happen. ;)

Jerry Skiddz
02-25-2015, 11:31 PM
I haven't had a chance to set it up yet. I just put the new heads and RIMS on, and tuned it up. I'll get some pics at my gigs this weekend though and post them.

Josh Conover
02-26-2015, 12:54 AM
I haven't had a chance to set it up yet. I just put the new heads and RIMS on, and tuned it up. I'll get some pics at my gigs this weekend though and post them.

Sweet. Which heads did you go with?

Jerry Skiddz
02-26-2015, 02:05 AM
Emperors over Ambassadors on the toms, and a Powerstroke Pro kick batter. I left the Pearl bass drum reso head for now.

Jerry Skiddz
03-02-2015, 03:52 PM
For some reason, the Pearl site isn't letting me upload pictures.

Jerry Skiddz
03-02-2015, 04:08 PM
Pics, good sir, or it didn't happen. ;)

These pics were taken on my phone, and the lighting was crap. I'll try to get better ones at next week's gigs.

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Jerry Skiddz
03-02-2015, 04:12 PM
Here's a couple more. Seriously thinking about sand/bead-blasting the shells and putting lights inside. Also may eventually get some black bass drum hoops, so that the kick and toms look a bit more uniform.

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Josh Conover
03-02-2015, 05:57 PM
Here's a couple more. Seriously thinking about sand/bead-blasting the shells and putting lights inside. Also may eventually get some black bass drum hoops, so that the kick and toms look a bit more uniform.

Looks awesome! Are those purple RIMS(!)?

Black hoops on the kick would look sick.

Jerry Skiddz
03-02-2015, 07:20 PM
Looks awesome! Are those purple RIMS(!)?

Black hoops on the kick would look sick.

No, the RIMS are black anodized. The lighting just make them look purple.

Yeah, I think some black bass drum hoops would kind of tie it together a little better.

pearlygates
03-07-2015, 06:22 PM
Looking great! Lots of good to say about the CBs!!

rollracer
03-07-2015, 10:48 PM
very nice. i'm very curious about how these kits sound . in theory loud with great mids and good lows

Jerry Skiddz
03-16-2015, 11:44 AM
Here are some outdoor pics of my CBs from this past weekend's gigs at a wedding, and the LA Marathon.

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nik12
03-16-2015, 12:14 PM
Very nice.

rene.eriksen
04-01-2015, 08:07 AM
Im still waiting to see them or just seeing a Price list here in Denmark.... Anyone?