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The_Prowler
04-01-2018, 11:29 AM
After getting my new Decade kit a few weeks ago, I was finally able to properly take it out over the weekend, and this is what I have to say about it;

Now, a lot of people say "oh yeah, it's a good kit... for the money", but personally I have to say that no, it's just a good kit period. I put Remo Emperors on the toms and holy hell, they sounded amazing. The 10" and 12" rack toms rang out clearly but still had enough control that they didn't need any extra dampening of any kind, and the 14" floor tom sounded like an angry predator... it just growled like a beast. I also put a Powerstroke 3 on the 20" kick tuned just a hair above JAW tuning and tuned up the front head fairly high and it promptly blew a wall down.
During setup last night, I only worked with the sound guy for about three minutes maximum getting everything dialed in. He told me that all he had to do was adjust the actual volume level for each mic because he ended up turning everything else off (gain, reverb, etc...). He also said that it was one of the best sounding kits he's ever worked with (especially the floor tom)... I didn't even replace the factory resonant heads yet. The Satin Brown Burst also just looked incredible in person. Pictures just do not do it justice at all. People were practically swarming around it at both shows trying to get a better look.

I was fully aware when I bought the kit that a lot of people are disappointed with tension rods backing out, but I always use lug locks so I never run into that issue (I've never owned a kit that didn't have at least one rod that never wanted to stay). I also went ahead and used some medium strength Loc Tite on the kick drum rods just to be safe, so I have no stories about rods not staying where they're supposed to.

Literally the only thing that I didn't like was how short the front posts are on the mounting arms, but since I never planned on using them, it's a complete nonissue for me.

So yeah, I would absolutely recommend the Decade to anyone looking for a new set. I'll take the Pepsi challenge against a more expensive kit any day of the week (okay, maybe not a Masterworks, but like a Masters or a Session :p )

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Mountain
04-02-2018, 09:34 AM
After getting my new Decade kit a few weeks ago, I was finally able to properly take it out over the weekend, and this is what I have to say about it;

Now, a lot of people say "oh yeah, it's a good kit... for the money", but personally I have to say that no, it's just a good kit period. I put Remo Emperors on the toms and holy hell, they sounded amazing. The 10" and 12" rack toms rang out clearly but still had enough control that they didn't need any extra dampening of any kind, and the 14" floor tom sounded like an angry predator... it just growled like a beast. I also put a Powerstroke 3 on the 20" kick tuned just a hair above JAW tuning and tuned up the front head fairly high and it promptly blew a wall down.
During setup last night, I only worked with the sound guy for about three minutes maximum getting everything dialed in. He told me that all he had to do was adjust the actual volume level for each mic because he ended up turning everything else off (gain, reverb, etc...). He also said that it was one of the best sounding kits he's ever worked with (especially the floor tom)... I didn't even replace the factory resonant heads yet. The Satin Brown Burst also just looked incredible in person. Pictures just do not do it justice at all. People were practically swarming around it at both shows trying to get a better look.

I was fully aware when I bought the kit that a lot of people are disappointed with tension rods backing out, but I always use lug locks so I never run into that issue (I've never owned a kit that didn't have at least one rod that never wanted to stay). I also went ahead and used some medium strength Loc Tite on the kick drum rods just to be safe, so I have no stories about rods not staying where they're supposed to.

Literally the only thing that I didn't like was how short the front posts are on the mounting arms, but since I never planned on using them, it's a complete nonissue for me.

So yeah, I would absolutely recommend the Decade to anyone looking for a new set. I'll take the Pepsi challenge against a more expensive kit any day of the week (okay, maybe not a Masterworks, but like a Masters or a Session :p )

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When you said the only thing you didn't like was that the posts were too short on the mounting arms, did you mean the actual post that goes into the bass drum mount or the post that the tom is connected too?

korch
04-02-2018, 10:29 AM
What a great kit.

The_Prowler
04-02-2018, 12:29 PM
When you said the only thing you didn't like was that the posts were too short on the mounting arms, did you mean the actual post that goes into the bass drum mount or the post that the tom is connected too?

The post that the drum actually mounts on. But as you can see in the pictures, I wouldn't have been able to mount the toms on the kick anyway because of where I wanted them positioned, so like I said, it wasn't a big deal. I've never liked rack toms mounted square on the kick drum... they're awkward for me to properly reach based on how I sit in relation to the kick and simple ergonomics.

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What a great kit.
Thanks! I absolutely love it and wish I'd gotten it sooner.

Eric
04-02-2018, 08:31 PM
Beautiful kit. Very glad you are happy with them. Pearl makes
fantastic sounding drums. I will never part with my MCX.

Mountain
04-03-2018, 03:41 AM
The post that the drum actually mounts on. But as you can see in the pictures, I wouldn't have been able to mount the toms on the kick anyway because of where I wanted them positioned, so like I said, it wasn't a big deal. I've never liked rack toms mounted square on the kick drum... they're awkward for me to properly reach based on how I sit in relation to the kick and simple ergonomics.

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Thanks! I absolutely love it and wish I'd gotten it sooner.

Yes, I now see that. I looked at some videos for the Pearl Decade Maple kit on YouTube and none of the drummers seem to have a problem with the mounts on the bass drum. I also know a lot of drummers like their toms really hanging back over the edge of the bass drum hoop facing the drummer, which might be a problem with the shorter mounting posts. It wouldn't be a problem for me because I don't have my toms set back that far. I would really like to get a Decade Maple in the Deep Red Burst. Beautiful kit you have!

The_Prowler
04-03-2018, 11:36 AM
Yes, I now see that. I looked at some videos for the Pearl Decade Maple kit on YouTube and none of the drummers seem to have a problem with the mounts on the bass drum. I also know a lot of drummers like their toms really hanging back over the edge of the bass drum hoop facing the drummer, which might be a problem with the shorter mounting posts. It wouldn't be a problem for me because I don't have my toms set back that far. I would really like to get a Decade Maple in the Deep Red Burst. Beautiful kit you have!

The main issue I have with it is that I don't sit square-on to the kick and twist my foot, I angle myself away. At that angle, I physically can't comfortably play most kits with the toms mounted on the kick, so I either have to use one rack tom moved way over or specially mount the second tom centered over the kick and moved forward so my body will move naturally while reaching any of the drums.

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Forgive the crude diagram, but I hope it properly shows what I'm talking about.

And I'd definitely say go for it on the Red Burst kit. Like I said, they sound great. I'm thinking of cranking the rack toms a little more but leaving the floor tom low like Peter Erskine just to see what happens...

Mountain
04-03-2018, 11:51 AM
The main issue I have with it is that I don't sit square-on to the kick and twist my foot, I angle myself away. At that angle, I physically can't comfortably play most kits with the toms mounted on the kick, so I either have to use one rack tom moved way over or specially mount the second tom centered over the kick and moved forward so my body will move naturally while reaching any of the drums.

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Forgive the crude diagram, but I hope it properly shows what I'm talking about.

And I'd definitely say go for it on the Red Burst kit. Like I said, they sound great. I'm thinking of cranking the rack toms a little more but leaving the floor tom low like Peter Erskine just to see what happens...

I'll tell the wife that you told me I HAVE to get the Decade Maple kit!

The_Prowler
04-03-2018, 10:03 PM
I'll tell the wife that you told me I HAVE to get the Decade Maple kit!

If she raises a stink about it, just blame it on me :D

Chris_D
04-06-2018, 07:21 PM
Yeah I love my Decade, no live gigs for a while but it really does sound fantastic. I need to get off my *** and look into experimenting with some different heads.

tkrantilles
04-08-2018, 08:04 PM
The_Prowler, what kind of lug locks do you like to use?

The_Prowler
04-10-2018, 11:30 AM
The_Prowler, what kind of lug locks do you like to use?
I just use the plain Gibraltar plastic ones. I can't find anything fancy or different anywhere, but they serve me more than adequately. I've been using them for years and I've been happy with them at every show.

tkrantilles
04-12-2018, 06:35 AM
Thanks for the info; good to know! Sounds pretty straightforward.

HPD260
04-23-2018, 12:21 PM
Very nice kit!

My Decade Maple kit is living in the corner since I bought my Reference's. I had the tension rod issue and Pearl even replaced the entire kit, but it persisted. Was rather disappointing, because I really liked the drums. The Ref's are helping me feel better though.

The_Prowler
04-24-2018, 12:49 AM
Very nice kit!

My Decade Maple kit is living in the corner since I bought my Reference's. I had the tension rod issue and Pearl even replaced the entire kit, but it persisted. Was rather disappointing, because I really liked the drums. The Ref's are helping me feel better though.

I'm sad to hear that you retired them to a corner because of the tension rods (Okay, the References probably had a little bit to do with it, too :p). Personally, I'd still use LocTite and Lug Locks regardless of what kit I was using, even if I had a Masterworks. Like I said, I've never played on a kit (beginner, top of the line or otherwise) that didn't have at least one that backed out after a while. Small issues like that are nil in my opinion and can be easily fixed and overcome. If you get a drum with a bad bearing edge or a warped shell or something major like that, then that's a different story. So far I've neither seen nor heard any problems with my set.

Now I'm just wondering if I can possibly stain or paint the inside of the bass drum hoops to make them look a little more unified and "finished"...

HPD260
04-24-2018, 05:42 AM
I'm sad to hear that you retired them to a corner because of the tension rods (Okay, the References probably had a little bit to do with it, too :p). Personally, I'd still use LocTite and Lug Locks regardless of what kit I was using, even if I had a Masterworks. Like I said, I've never played on a kit (beginner, top of the line or otherwise) that didn't have at least one that backed out after a while. Small issues like that are nil in my opinion and can be easily fixed and overcome. If you get a drum with a bad bearing edge or a warped shell or something major like that, then that's a different story. So far I've neither seen nor heard any problems with my set.

Now I'm just wondering if I can possibly stain or paint the inside of the bass drum hoops to make them look a little more unified and "finished"...

They were the first kit I'd ever had with a tension rod issue. Getting a steal of a deal on the Reference kit certainly helped moved the process along. I still enjoy the drums, and love the finish(white satin pearl). I don't have any immediate plans of selling them, and should I ever get back into playing music out, I'll probably use them as a gig kit with some lug locks.

Forum member drumminjc just stained the hoops on his DW kit. He could probably point you in the right direction on how to take on that project. He's got a thread about it in the "Show your kits" section.

MattKeaton
04-24-2018, 05:49 AM
They were the first kit I'd ever had with a tension rod issue. Getting a steal of a deal on the Reference kit certainly helped moved the process along. I still enjoy the drums, and love the finish(white satin pearl). I don't have any immediate plans of selling them, and should I ever get back into playing music out, I'll probably use them as a gig kit with some lug locks. Forum member drumminjc just stained the hoops on his DW kit. He could probably point you in the right direction on how to take on that project. He's got a thread about it in the "Show your kits" section.

I've heard of the issue before. If it's a genuine problem that can be proven then essentially, if you want, you can get a refund from the retailer at which your drums were purchased. At least that is what the law would provide for in Australia. If the product doesn't do what it's designed to, then the consumer is protected.
I raise this because you mention selling them (which you aren't going to do) and lug locks (which in my opinion you shouldn't have to do).
Just my $0.02 for what it's worth.

HPD260
04-24-2018, 07:12 AM
I've heard of the issue before. If it's a genuine problem that can be proven then essentially, if you want, you can get a refund from the retailer at which your drums were purchased. At least that is what the law would provide for in Australia. If the product doesn't do what it's designed to, then the consumer is protected.
I raise this because you mention selling them (which you aren't going to do) and lug locks (which in my opinion you shouldn't have to do).
Just my $0.02 for what it's worth.

I agree with the "shouldn't have to" regarding lug locks, and was one of my main points when talking with Pearl regarding the replacement. The did replace the kit no problem the first time, but stated that they couldn't recreate the problem and expressed that they wouldn't be reexamining the issue. Al was fantastic through the entire process, but at the end of the day I still wasn't super happy with the resolution. I probably would've pursued it more with the retailer had I not found the Reference kit. I've put them up for sale, but haven't had much interest. At the end of the day, they aren't really hurting anything being in the corner.

The_Prowler
04-24-2018, 11:35 AM
Forum member drumminjc just stained the hoops on his DW kit. He could probably point you in the right direction on how to take on that project. He's got a thread about it in the "Show your kits" section.

I know, that's what finalized the idea :D I had had the thought before, but really started thinking about it when I saw what he did. Granted, his hoops were more black and easier to match... mine might be a little more difficult. Thankfully my dad's a professional woodworker so he might have some ideas.

TMdrums
05-01-2018, 02:36 PM
After getting my new Decade kit a few weeks ago, I was finally able to properly take it out over the weekend, and this is what I have to say about it;

Now, a lot of people say "oh yeah, it's a good kit... for the money", but personally I have to say that no, it's just a good kit period. I put Remo Emperors on the toms and holy hell, they sounded amazing. The 10" and 12" rack toms rang out clearly but still had enough control that they didn't need any extra dampening of any kind, and the 14" floor tom sounded like an angry predator... it just growled like a beast. I also put a Powerstroke 3 on the 20" kick tuned just a hair above JAW tuning and tuned up the front head fairly high and it promptly blew a wall down.
During setup last night, I only worked with the sound guy for about three minutes maximum getting everything dialed in. He told me that all he had to do was adjust the actual volume level for each mic because he ended up turning everything else off (gain, reverb, etc...). He also said that it was one of the best sounding kits he's ever worked with (especially the floor tom)... I didn't even replace the factory resonant heads yet. The Satin Brown Burst also just looked incredible in person. Pictures just do not do it justice at all. People were practically swarming around it at both shows trying to get a better look.

I was fully aware when I bought the kit that a lot of people are disappointed with tension rods backing out, but I always use lug locks so I never run into that issue (I've never owned a kit that didn't have at least one rod that never wanted to stay). I also went ahead and used some medium strength Loc Tite on the kick drum rods just to be safe, so I have no stories about rods not staying where they're supposed to.

Literally the only thing that I didn't like was how short the front posts are on the mounting arms, but since I never planned on using them, it's a complete nonissue for me.

So yeah, I would absolutely recommend the Decade to anyone looking for a new set. I'll take the Pepsi challenge against a more expensive kit any day of the week (okay, maybe not a Masterworks, but like a Masters or a Session :p )

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Wasn't sure where to post this but I figured I would tag on with The_Prowler, since he recently purchased a beautiful set of Decades. Anyway's, this Decade Maple was good enough for this guy to play at a clinic I witnessed on Sunday and let me tell you, it sounded awesome! Then again, this guy could make card board boxes, pot's and pan's sound awesome! What an awesome clinic at an excellent drum shop in Raleigh, NC called 2112 Percussion! How could you not like a store named that? By the way, the Gong Drum Todd used wasn't a Decade. I know it was Pearl but not sure what model.509435

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jmagnum
05-02-2018, 07:49 AM
Thanks for sharing these. I was at this clinic and had a great time. The insight and inspiration gained from this is hard to beat for $10. A guy to my left won a snare drum and I took home a free shirt. Do you know if anyone purchased the set after the clinic was over?

melvinspeed
05-02-2018, 09:13 AM
I have really been getting into Sucherman's videos lately.

I just love the way he hits the drums. Authoritative and powerful but still musical.

Drumming-4-Life
05-02-2018, 11:04 AM
I have really been getting into Sucherman's videos lately.

I just love the way he hits the drums. Authoritative and powerful but still musical.

Agreed!

RushDrums24
05-02-2018, 02:59 PM
Agreed!

X2 :)

TMdrums
05-02-2018, 04:16 PM
Thanks for sharing these. I was at this clinic and had a great time. The insight and inspiration gained from this is hard to beat for $10. A guy to my left won a snare drum and I took home a free shirt. Do you know if anyone purchased the set after the clinic was over?

Darn jmagnum, I would of introduced myself to you! We were in the same row as the guy to the right of the guy next to me won the snare! Anyways, I agree so much with you! I drove three hours one way to witness the greatness of this guy! I left so inspired! Man, that guy can play! The solo part was so musical and I particular loved when he played "Red Storm!" I'm going to see STYX in Raleigh on June 14th! Can't wait! By the way, if your a drummer and want to purchase a great new album, get STYX The Mission, it's awesome!

TMdrums
05-02-2018, 04:24 PM
I have really been getting into Sucherman's videos lately.

I just love the way he hits the drums. Authoritative and powerful but still musical.

Melvinspeed...you nailed it! This guy is the most musical drummer I have ever seen! I have seen Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, James Bradley Jr, Carl Palmer, Steve Smith and many more live but never seen the feeling this guy displayed! Truly awesome! And kudos to 2112 Percussion in Raleigh! A little drum shop located in an industrial park in Raleigh with great employees who love drums!