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thetbirdman
07-15-2017, 04:21 AM
Are the decade kits any good?

therocker
07-15-2017, 11:00 AM
For the price Pearl has them marked at for a new kit they seem like a real deal. The only thing I've heard negative about them is the 6 lug floor toms instead of 8.

I don't own them nor have I ever played them but I've read here ( PDF ) and other places, they sound phenomenal.

Welcome to the PDF. Stick around. We need new members! :)

Fuller89
07-15-2017, 11:13 AM
I messed with one about a year ago at dales drum shop and it sounded fantastic and felt pretty well made.

inaband
07-15-2017, 05:32 PM
Love mine.. the thin shells really resonate & w/ better heads they sound as good as a kit costing alot more $.

HPD260
07-18-2017, 01:28 PM
I am satisfied with mine. I have had some defining issues with one lug on my 12" Tom as some others have, put past that the drums have been excellent. Hard to beat them for the money involved IMO.

Josh Conover
08-18-2017, 05:53 AM
Had the chance to play a well tuned (kinda) kit today at Samash. It was set up as a three piece, 22" kick, 10" tom, 16" floor. The snare I took off the shelf and added to the kit myself, 14"x8" Utility snare in flat black.

The kick sounded amazing. No muffling at all, PS3 batter and the factory PS3 ported (5"?) logo reso. Great bottom end and feel with the JAW batter, No patch. DW 3000 pedal was used with the felt side of the beater. Great feeling, simple pedal btw.

The rack tom had a great tone to it that popped similar to the intro of My Own Summer by the Deftones. I always play that beat when there's a 10" rack tom on a kit... it was mounted right off the kick drum.

The floor is where I really had some fun. I didn't mess with the tuning at all but either an employee or a customer tuned it just [about] wrinkled, lol. I normally tune my floor to JAW and love the sound I get but this was just tight enough that none of the tension rods rattled. It had such a crazy, muddy thud to it that just really sounded different... but not bad. Idk.

Both the tom and floor had coated Emperors on the batter side. I think the resos were factory clear ambassadors, didn't check.

The snare was tuned medium high and sounded awesome! I've really been looking at a few of these Utility options from Pearl. This is first on my list and I'm glad I got to play it. I believe it had all factory heads on it. Sounded great with very little ring, nice crack, and woody feel.

The masters series lugs had gaskets and brass tension rod receivers. The throw off was a slightly less expensive model similar to the SR017. The butt was simple and looked like a rounder version of the butt that usually comes with the SR017.

I didn't know that it was wrapped. I thought the flat finish was painted... that threw me off a little. I don't really dig wraps too much. It just gives the drum a cheap feel if it's not done right or comes loose or bubbles over time. But it looked really good from the front.

I'd more than likely put Mastercast hoops, stainless steel tension rods, and black nylon washers on this snare if I ever get one.

The cymbals were all S series Zildjians. They really aren't my cup o' tea but they sounded good together... in that particular rectangular room with 20' ceilings. Lol

Josh Conover
08-18-2017, 05:56 AM
I forgot the pics and I don't want to re-edit the post and have to redo all the spacing of the paragraphs...

Edit: just realized this was a new Export kit... not a Decade maple. (Smacks head)

Fuller89
08-18-2017, 07:00 AM
HAHAHA! oops :D

I've been interested in that snare for a while as well. I just don't care as much for the flat black, but the size, material, and price are all well worth over looking the finish, though I might like it more to see it in person. Glad to know it is a good sounding snare.

Adam_
08-23-2017, 07:01 PM
I have the 24/13/16 in white, and other than an issue with a couple of the lugs losing tension (teflon tape works), they're great drums for the money.

Mike Foreman
08-23-2017, 09:08 PM
I didn't know that it was wrapped. I thought the flat finish was painted... that threw me off a little. I don't really dig wraps too much. It just gives the drum a cheap feel if it's not done right or comes loose or bubbles over time. But it looked really good from the front.

Wow, I am surprised to hear that snare is wrapped. I bought on of the black 8 x 14 limited edition snares from last year, which I believe to be the same thing as the one you played but with a different badge and lugs, and it was painted flat black. I don't much care for flat black finished drums so I wrapped it.

Josh Conover
08-24-2017, 03:14 AM
Wow, I am surprised to hear that snare is wrapped. I bought on of the black 8 x 14 limited edition snares from last year, which I believe to be the same thing as the one you played but with a different badge and lugs, and it was painted flat black. I don't much care for flat black finished drums so I wrapped it.

I remember that, you did a great job! Looks awesome. Do you happen to remember if the inside of the shell was coated or "finished" with anything?

I bet you're right about the shell being the same. I'm sure they had to cut costs somewhere there though. Better lugs but wrapped instead of finished?

AL PERCIVAL
08-24-2017, 08:27 AM
HAHAHA! oops :D

I've been interested in that snare for a while as well. I just don't care as much for the flat black, but the size, material, and price are all well worth over looking the finish, though I might like it more to see it in person. Glad to know it is a good sounding snare.

We also have that same snare 14x8 in maple finish. :D

Fuller89
08-24-2017, 08:40 AM
We also have that same snare 14x8 in maple finish. :D

OOO :eek: . I like that! Thanks AL. I think that may be my next snare purchase. I want a pearl snare in my arsenal other than my like 10" M-80

is that the 8" deep with the bridge lugs? I really like double ended lugs on snares too.

AL PERCIVAL
08-24-2017, 09:04 AM
OOO :eek: . I like that! Thanks AL. I think that may be my next snare purchase. I want a pearl snare in my arsenal other than my like 10" M-80

is that the 8" deep with the bridge lugs? I really like double ended lugs on snares too.

the 14x5.5 and 14x6.5 have the bridge style lugs. the 14x8 have the double ended lugs.

Here's the Modern Utility 14x8 snare in maple finish with CL-100 lugs

AL PERCIVAL
08-24-2017, 09:06 AM
^ and a CLOSE-UP

Fuller89
08-24-2017, 09:15 AM
That makes me just a little sad... single ended lugs make snares look like toms to me lol. Still a good looking snare though and I'm going to tell my wife I wouldn't be opposed to one of these for my birthday ;)

maybe even the 12x7... hmmm

AL PERCIVAL
08-24-2017, 09:20 AM
That makes me just a little sad... single ended lugs make snares look like toms to me lol. Still a good looking snare though and I'm going to tell my wife I wouldn't be opposed to one of these for my birthday ;)

maybe even the 12x7... hmmm

and since they all street under $200.00 bucks she can't really yell at ya to bad! :D

Fuller89
08-24-2017, 09:32 AM
Ill just tell her you guys are running a special that you buy the 14x8 and get the 12x7 for free! :D LOL $400 for a maple snare doesn't sound far fetched as far as she is concerned LOL

Mike Foreman
08-24-2017, 10:46 AM
I remember that, you did a great job! Looks awesome. Do you happen to remember if the inside of the shell was coated or "finished" with anything?

I bet you're right about the shell being the same. I'm sure they had to cut costs somewhere there though. Better lugs but wrapped instead of finished?

I'm not really sure what, if anything, they treat the shells with but it looked raw, as I recall.

nova
08-28-2017, 09:16 PM
I played a set of Decade Maple at our local GC and was blown away by how good they sound! I worked out a deal to trade my old Exports and $400.00 for them but then chickened out. If the guys I'm playing with now start playing out more I might do that, or pick up a Midtown, or a low priced E- Kit. The bottom line is they don't pay us enough to case and move the Masters around. The 2 case idea has major attraction but I've never heard a 16" bass drum.