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killerkick
12-13-2017, 09:14 AM
Just wanted to say hello to everyone. It's been a while since I posted on the Forum. I sit here this morning in anxious anticipation because I have received a text from FedEx that my signature will be required for the delivery of my new kit. So I took the day off work and am nervous hoping all arrive in good condition. I haven't owned a Pearl kit since 2005. I used to frequent the Forum a lot back in the day under this moniker, and AL was kind enough to restore it, since my most recent handle was TamaTodd. And that wasn't gonna do with me coming back to the fold of "the best reason to play drums".
I bought my first professional Pearl kit around 1993, a red MLX, then an Amber Mist MMX in 1996, then a Diamond Burst MMX kit in early 2003. For some reason I went to Tama in 2005 with a Japanese made maple EFX (a wrap) in Red Silk, then a Tama Birch Bubinga in Indigo Sparkle in 2010. Then a Tama Starclassic Bubinga in Gold Rush Sparkle in 2014. So many different reasons I have traded drums through the years and a lot of regret about not keeping some of those kits, notably the Amber Mist MMX from 96'.
And here I sit today coming back home to Momma's apple pie as Calvin has said waiting on my Pearl Masters Complete in Vermillion Sparkle to be delivered. Tama's maple was good, the Birch/Bubinga was good, the Bubinga's were good, but I just wanted to come back home to maple and this kit was all the money I wanted to spend. Anyway hello to all, you seem like a good bunch of folks from what I've read trying to catch up. :cool:

Fuller89
12-13-2017, 09:45 AM
welcome back (to the forum and pearl ;) )! Pics AS SOON AS YOU OPEN THE BOXES!!!!!! :p

Eric
12-13-2017, 10:38 AM
Welcome back for sure. The excitement builds. Pictures ASAP please.

therocker
12-13-2017, 10:51 AM
Congrats on the Pearls and welcome back!

richie rich
12-13-2017, 11:20 PM
Welcome Back and the New masters sounds great post pics

MattKeaton
12-14-2017, 12:11 AM
Love those sets on the sample vids. So good.

Yodelling_Sheep
12-14-2017, 01:12 PM
Woohoo! Sounds great, would love to see it ;)

rollracer
12-14-2017, 01:39 PM
welcome back. drumming isn't a curable illness. can't wait to see some pics of your new pearl kit.:D

killerkick
12-15-2017, 06:27 PM
Here are some starter pics. Been a busy week, and I have decided the 13X10 tom is not working for me so I'm going back to an 8, waiting on that.
Thanks for all the "welcome backs".
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rollracer
12-15-2017, 06:44 PM
woohoo! nice sparkling red drums...i don't dislike those mounts. seems like they comes with some pinstripes alike heads, at least on the FT ?

where is nova!!:D

killerkick
12-15-2017, 06:47 PM
Just a short review from what little I've got to bang on them and observations. They are loud, really open, just fat sounding but warm. Gonna have to pony up more money and get rid of the stock heads. Really would like a non-ported white American made resonant kick head.
These drums aren't lite. I thought I could settle for less and bought a used Gretsch set of Renowns before this purchase and I couldn't believe how lite the toms were. These aren't. Not as heavy as the Bubinga's of course but not far off. But I guess this mounting system adds some extra weight. I must say I do miss the mounting system on the Tama's but this is cool.
The finish is AWESOME. Just what I wanted. This lacquer sparkle hands down is better than Tama's B/B 2010 model I had and even the 2014 Bubinga sparkle..IMHO. Even the blue in the badge doesn't look bad with this red.

killerkick
12-15-2017, 06:51 PM
woohoo! nice sparkling red drums...i don't dislike those mounts. seems like they comes with some pinstripes alike heads, at least on the FT ?

where is nova!!:D

I put an Aquarian 2 ply head I had laying around on that floor tom, the Chinese pinstripe was not working. I really wanted a 16X14 FT, but patience is not a strong virtue for me.

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rollracer
12-15-2017, 08:26 PM
woaw.. this close pic enhance the red sparkles....what a nice finish.pinstripes aren't for everyone. i'm also an aquarian fan ,but there's no stores stocking their different lines close to me. i 've played 2 plies heads for decades while now i'm back with remo black suedes single ply heads . i'm getting a better rebound while the trade is of course a little more muffling. however i now muffle my drums with cotton balls inside the shell and it works pretty good. it kind of leaves the drum resonate for a second before the muffling effect kicks in. a nice find that works great for me. with 1 ply heads you get more lattitude as how much '''cut-focus ''' you need or want for your drums.

very nice kit you got there. you must be a very happy camper haha. pearl provides the very best customer service . the MCX series is probably the best bang for the buck in the pearl line up. it is said that the complete shells are supposedly 28% thinner than any other master shells, but you stated that they're quite heavy . and your short review kind of connect with pearl advertizing about the enhanced resonnace of this specific shell....well done pearl!! i wonder how their 2.3 mill flanged hoops will last on the long run...especially for a player who rimshot the lower FT's.

as you said the star cast mounts is probably one of the best and solid mounts onn the market ,but the pearl omni mount system isn't bad at all,just different .

just a question: is VERMILLON SPARKLE is closer in ''tone'' to red,or tangy red? from the last pic you posted it looks like an in between ,a mix of red-tangy......maybe the pic is giving this impression though.....

killerkick
12-16-2017, 06:20 AM
just a question: is VERMILLON SPARKLE is closer in ''tone'' to red,or tangy red? from the last pic you posted it looks like an in between ,a mix of red-tangy......maybe the pic is giving this impression though.....


I was semi close to a window on that close up and that was just a little natural light at the right angle producing that "tanginess" in the red. I don't see that all in the general observation. In normal room lighting to me I'd call it "candy apple" red. But I haven't set up in the sun yet either so......................but quality is great. I remember when I unboxed those B/B's in 2010 in Indigo Sparkle, I was soooooo disappointed, and those Bubinga's you could almost see the background of the flakes. I'm super happy with this color and the workmanship of the sparkle.

richie rich
12-16-2017, 10:20 AM
They look great I had a 2nd look at those and wanted to ask did you order ea drum? or a shell pack with those sizes and added extra's. They look awesome

richie rich
12-16-2017, 01:09 PM
And Yes Nova Please Chime in

killerkick
12-16-2017, 02:21 PM
They look great I had a 2nd look at those and wanted to ask did you order ea drum? or a shell pack with those sizes and added extra's. They look awesome

Forks' Drum Closet procured each drum for me. They were in stock in the U.S. He had to call on his connection at the warehouse in PA for some of them.
I wanted a 16X14 FT but that wasn't happening except on a slow boat from China.

Eric
12-17-2017, 11:31 AM
Great drums. They look sharp with the Opta mounts instead of the older Optis.

solitary glen
12-19-2017, 10:43 AM
Sweet sweet kit!

killerkick
12-21-2017, 10:24 AM
Got my 8X8 in. Got some of the cymbals set up. Been having to help build ginger houses and all else that goes along with children's Christmas.
This tom mount on the cymbal stand isn't working for me too good. Guess I need just a single tom stand...dunno.
I put some EC Resonant heads on and they made a difference. Still deciding on batters.

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Drumming-4-Life
12-21-2017, 02:36 PM
This tom mount on the cymbal stand isn't working for me too good. Guess I need just a single tom stand...dunno.

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That UX-80 is not really meant to be used that way, especially since your cymbal stand is so close to the bass drum that you can't rotate the tripod base of the cymbal stand into a better position to support the tom. You could try to use the same kind of hardware you're using with your small toms, but instead of two toms, you can mount the 12" tom, and a cymbal in the other clamp for balance.

Fuller89
12-21-2017, 03:14 PM
That UX-80 is not really meant to be used that way, especially since your cymbal stand is so close to the bass drum that you can't rotate the tripod base of the cymbal stand into a better position to support the tom. You could try to use the same kind of hardware you're using with your small toms, but instead of two toms, you can mount the 12" tom, and a cymbal in the other clamp for balance.

I would also take that pearl triple clamp (I don't know part numbers) that is holding the 8 and 10 to a stand and put it on the cymbal stand behind it, move it in and adjust the boom to put the cymbal where it was. eliminates a set of legs. Also he might be able to get away with like you are suggesting Matt, take another triple clamp off of that cymbal stand and boom his ride off it (my ride almost always lives on a boom clamp)

killerkick
12-21-2017, 03:44 PM
That UX-80 is not really meant to be used that way, especially since your cymbal stand is so close to the bass drum that you can't rotate the tripod base of the cymbal stand into a better position to support the tom. You could try to use the same kind of hardware you're using with your small toms, but instead of two toms, you can mount the 12" tom, and a cymbal in the other clamp for balance.

Thanks for the suggestions but what is the correct positioning of the UX-80? Needless to say I am a little anxious the way it sits over the kick. I certainly like your other idea of the triple clamp on a cymbal stand so I guess I will have to buy a single 4" tom arm for that idea.

killerkick
12-21-2017, 03:46 PM
I would also take that pearl triple clamp (I don't know part numbers) that is holding the 8 and 10 to a stand and put it on the cymbal stand behind it, move it in and adjust the boom to put the cymbal where it was. eliminates a set of legs. Also he might be able to get away with like you are suggesting Matt, take another triple clamp off of that cymbal stand and boom his ride off it (my ride almost always lives on a boom clamp)

Absolutely gonna get rid of the extra set of legs....man, Christmas has me brain dead !!

Fuller89
12-21-2017, 05:06 PM
The ux-80 from what I seen is usually used to attach a hi hat stand to a rack or as a cymbal arm extension for a rack I think

killerkick
12-21-2017, 05:25 PM
The ux-80 from what I seen is usually used to attach a hi hat stand to a rack or as a cymbal arm extension for a rack I think

Well this is what it looks like. 507140

Fuller89
12-21-2017, 06:53 PM
Well this is what it looks like. <img src="https://www.pearldrummersforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=507140"/>

Oh, I thought it was longer than that.

Matt will let us know what it's used for lol

Fuller89
12-21-2017, 10:04 PM
Well this is what it looks like. <img src="https://www.pearldrummersforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=507140"/>

I think I figured it out. You can put that into a cymbal stand base then you have a clamp stand.

Jutt8
12-22-2017, 08:54 AM
Love that you invested and used the aluminum optimounts on your kit. Looks really nice!!!

It can certainly be fun and overwhelming as far as setups, footprint on the floor, and clamps and tons of cymbal stands go to find the right configuration.

However, I found that once you go rack you never go back : )

killerkick
12-22-2017, 09:03 AM
Love that you invested and used the aluminum optimounts on your kit. Looks really nice!!!

It can certainly be fun and overwhelming as far as setups, footprint on the floor, and clamps and tons of cymbal stands go to find the right configuration.

However, I found that once you go rack you never go back : )

Thanks. Yea this set-up shouldn't be this complicated. I think the problem is this "mystery piece of a clamp" that has me discombobulated. It was free so I shouldn't complain.

Love the rack ease. Used to employ that. Maybe I should go back. :cool:

nova
01-22-2018, 04:25 PM
Here are some starter pics. Been a busy week, and I have decided the 13X10 tom is not working for me so I'm going back to an 8, waiting on that.
Thanks for all the "welcome backs".
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Now you might want the 18" x 16" neuroblaster! It is quite a tom and adds new depth to the melodic sounds! Love your Kit! The Lacquer Vermillion Sparkle is quite different from the #407 Red Glass Glitter, which is a Delmar Wrap.

killerkick
08-05-2018, 01:19 PM
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08-05-2018, 01:21 PM
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Drumming-4-Life
08-06-2018, 08:37 AM
Beautiful kit! It looks like you're still having trouble positioning the 12" rack tom exactly where you want it. Why did you opt for that TH-88? The gear (teeth) makes positioning more difficult.

killerkick
08-06-2018, 09:12 AM
]Beautiful kit! It looks like you're still having trouble positioning the 12" rack tom exactly where you want it. Why did you opt for that TH-88? The gear (teeth) makes positioning more difficult[/COLOR].

Thank you. I know it's cliché, yet truly I can't achieve (or haven't yet!!) a pic that best represents this lacquer sparkle job of Pearls. I can't remember why I picked the TH88, maybe it was on sale. I had that old equivalent of the AX-25 laying around from the early 2000's that I am employing to hold the tom holder. It works for me. I really miss the Tama mounting system, I know the Pearl Optimounts can be used with other drums, how bout the Tama Starcast mounting system would they work with Pearl drums?

Eric
08-06-2018, 07:36 PM
Kit looks great. Lovin those Paiste Sigs too.

Drumming-4-Life
08-09-2018, 10:43 AM
Thank you. I know it's cliché, yet truly I can't achieve (or haven't yet!!) a pic that best represents this lacquer sparkle job of Pearls. I can't remember why I picked the TH88, maybe it was on sale. I had that old equivalent of the AX-25 laying around from the early 2000's that I am employing to hold the tom holder. It works for me. I really miss the Tama mounting system, I know the Pearl Optimounts can be used with other drums, how bout the Tama Starcast mounting system would they work with Pearl drums?

I don't think it's worth the effort/expense to try. You would need Tama Starcast diecast hoops with the special holes that accommodate the Statcast tom mounts. OR, they make (made) universal hoop grips (HPGP) that can be attached to hoops, but they may not be available, and they may not fit Pearl Superhoops, because Superhoops are thicker than standard Tama hoops.