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  • #16
    Floor Toms, part 2

    In 1987 the brackets changed to this, the LB-30:

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    There is a hinge, allowing the front part of the bracket to open like a door, to release the leg. The leg has a memory lock, unlike the knurled leg.

    The legs, LG-30, are "smooth", and a larger diameter than the original legs. They are not interchageable, know this when buying replacement legs!!
    Last edited by Stranjluv101; 12-12-2016, 05:02 PM.

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    • #17
      Snares, part 1

      A 6 1/2" by 14" steel snare was offered for the entire run. The C-055 "coffin" snare lugs changed with the rest of the drums later on.

      1985 / 1986

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      For the first year or so, there was an internal muffler:

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      • #18
        Snares, part 2

        Around 1987 the snare began using RL-04 lugs.

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        I believe, but don't quote me, that the throw and the butt stayed the same the entire run:

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        • #19
          Snares, part 3

          By (at least) 1990, a birch/mahogany snare measuring 5 1/2" x 14" was made available. According to the 1990-1991 Modern Drummer Equipment Annual, it was available in all WLX finishes. (If you have one for sale in Coral Red, I'd be very interested in buying it!)

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          • #20
            Tom Holders

            Originally they came with long and short tom arms, which didn't have the Pearl logo:

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            Shown is the TH-80. The short version was the TH-80S

            By the 1986 catalog, the tom holders changed to the ones used in the top pro lines of the era:

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            The TH-95. Add an "S" for the short version.

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            • #21
              I almost forgot!

              Badges

              Each drum had two badges.

              I have read the serial numbers didn't mean anything in relation to the manufacture date, but was good for insurance claims.

              Does anyone know for sure?

              "Made in Taiwan"
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              No "Made in Taiwan"
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              "Made in Taiwan" and serial number
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              • #22
                Please share if you have anything to add.

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                • #23
                  [QUOTE=Stranjluv101;1854383872]Wrap Colors


                  - The bass on the left is Ferrari Red. This is evidenced by the inlay on the metal hoop. The other bass is Coral Red.



                  Sorry to correct you! That picture is of my old kit that I sold late last year. Both bass drums are Ferrari Red and are from the WX line. The bass drum with the fully-finished hoops was part of the original 5-piece kit I received (brand new) in late 1989. The second bass drum (with the steel hoops with matching inlays) was added to the kit in early 1992. The drum shop that I ordered it from informed me that Pearl had discontinued the World (WX) Series, but Pearl had a WX bass drum in their warehouse available in Jet Black that they'd re-cover in Ferrari Red for me. Why they shipped the drum with steel hoops instead of finished ones is beyond me.
                  DW | PAISTE | Aquarian | Regal Tip | Roland
                  DW Performance Series in Black Diamond Pearl
                  |14 x 22| |14 x 16| |9 x 13| |6.5 x 14 DW Solid Aluminum snare|

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by paradiddlediddle666 View Post

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                    - The bass on the left is Ferrari Red. This is evidenced by the inlay on the metal hoop. The other bass is Coral Red.



                    Sorry to correct you! That picture is of my old kit that I sold late last year. Both bass drums are Ferrari Red and are from the WX line. The bass drum with the fully-finished hoops was part of the original 5-piece kit I received (brand new) in late 1989. The second bass drum (with the steel hoops with matching inlays) was added to the kit in early 1992. The drum shop that I ordered it from informed me that Pearl had discontinued the World (WX) Series, but Pearl had a WX bass drum in their warehouse available in Jet Black that they'd re-cover in Ferrari Red for me. Why they shipped the drum with steel hoops instead of finished ones is beyond me.
                    No, I'm glad you did correct me! I want this to be as correct as resurrecting history can be.

                    i did remove that photo since I wasn't correct.

                    The WX bass drums (should've) all been shipped with metal hoops, as far as the catalogs show. Mine are WLX, and all of them have wood hoops. I have 1 with coffin lugs, no gaskets from 85/86, 1 with coffins and gaskets (purchased new in Autumn 1987), and 2 of the ones with different lugs (one purchased new in Autumn 1989, one was from ebay)

                    Also, is the throw and butt on your snare the same as the one I have pictured?
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                    • #25
                      I just found a few pictures of the Natural Matte Lacquer that are great:

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Stranjluv101 View Post
                        No, I'm glad you did correct me! I want this to be as correct as resurrecting history can be.

                        i did remove that photo since I wasn't correct.

                        The WX bass drums (should've) all been shipped with metal hoops, as far as the catalogs show. Mine are WLX, and all of them have wood hoops. I have 1 with coffin lugs, no gaskets from 85/86, 1 with coffins and gaskets (purchased new in Autumn 1987), and 2 of the ones with different lugs (one purchased new in Autumn 1989, one was from ebay)

                        Also, is the throw and butt on your snare the same as the one I have pictured?
                        Yes, the throw-off and butt plate were the same as what you had posted earlier. My initial 5-piece kit had black screws and washers on the inside of the drums while the add-on kick had silver ones. I wonder what that was all about.
                        DW | PAISTE | Aquarian | Regal Tip | Roland
                        DW Performance Series in Black Diamond Pearl
                        |14 x 22| |14 x 16| |9 x 13| |6.5 x 14 DW Solid Aluminum snare|

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                        • #27
                          Yeah, that is odd.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Stranjluv101 View Post
                            Pearl utilized a couple of names for these drums. From the beginning until ca. 1990 they were known as Prestige World 6500 - WLX (A painted lacquer finish); and World 6500 - WX (a wrapped finish). Ca. 1990 WLX became Prestige Session, and WX became Performance Session.
                            Thing is, there’s a "technical name" (code) for each series (WX/WLX), and then there’s the “marketing” name (World Series/Prestige Session/Performance Session). Sometimes the marketing name changes, but as long as the code stays the same, you can count on them being (basically) the same drum. At least, that's the way things were back when Pearl’s naming scheme made any sense.
                            What Finishes?

                            The WLX had the following lacquer finishes: Arctic White, Coral Red, and Piano Black.
                            Antique Ivory, not Arctic white.

                            Lacquer colours, 1985-1986:
                            • #103 Piano Black
                            • #106 Antique Ivory
                            • #107 Coral Red
                            1987-1991 added the following lacquer colours:
                            • #109 Arctic White
                            • #212 Matt Natural
                            The WX had the following choice of wraps: Celtic Green and Deep Ocean (Both added later, after 1987, but by 1989) , Ferrari Red (1987 - end?), Jet Black (1985 - end?), Pure White (1985 - end?), Smoky Chrome (1985 - end?), Stainless Steel (1985 - end?), and Wine Red (1985 and 1986).
                            Wrap colours, 1985-1986:
                            • #21 Smokey Chrome
                            • #31 Jet Black
                            • #33 Pure White
                            • #66 Wine Red
                            1987-1991 dropped #66 Wine Red, and added:
                            • #38 Stainless Steel
                            • #65 Deep Ocean
                            • #71 Ferrari Red
                            • #73 Celtic Green
                            Originally posted by Stranjluv101 View Post
                            Hardware
                            1985-1986 hardware:
                            • C-055 snare lugs; C-052 tom lugs; C-054 bass drum lugs (these are the “coffin” lugs)
                            • BT-1 tom brackets
                            • BB-1 bass drum bracket
                            • LB-20 floor tom leg brackets with 782 legs
                            • 730P bass drum spurs
                            1987-1991 hardware:
                            • RL-04 snare lugs; RL-01 tom lugs; RL-02 bass drum lugs
                            • BT-2 tom brackets
                            • BB-2 bass drum bracket
                            • LB-30 floor tom leg brackets with LG-30 legs
                            • SP-30 bass drum spurs
                            Finally, there’s a whole ‘other series that deserves to be in this thread: in 1992, when the SLX “Session Elite” (lacquered) series and the EPX “Export Pro” (wrapped) lines had already replaced the World Series drums, there was a one-year only WSX “Abalone” series introduced, which was pretty much a jazz-sized WX in either #89 Black Abalone or #90 White Abalone wrap:

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                            1982 Maxwin DLX705 in #55 Silver Flash
                            1994 SX "Session Series" in #38 Stainless Steel
                            1990 CZX "Custom Z" in #130 Champagne
                            1991 SZX "CZX Studio" in #133 Crimson Quartz
                            1986 SC "Syncussion X" in black
                            Roland TD-20SX
                            Roland TD-30KV

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                            • #29
                              Lots of good information there, I'll add all that in when I get off work.

                              Was the matte natural lacquer finish offered as early as 1987? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere that earlyis why I'm asking.

                              That's the first thing I've heard of the WSX series. What was it called aside from WSX?
                              What were the available sizes?

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Stranjluv101 View Post
                                Was the matte natural lacquer finish offered as early as 1987? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere that earlyis why I'm asking.
                                You're right. The 1987 "World and Export Series" catalogue lists only the original three lacquer colours, while the rest of the features have already been updated. So those two lacquer options may well have been introduced later than that (ca. 1989, most likely).
                                That's the first thing I've heard of the WSX series. What was it called aside from WSX?
                                The only mention of them, ever, is in the 1992 "New Products Supplement" flyer, which concerns itself only with the Abalone series drum sets and a few new hardware items. The Abalone Series drums aren't a separate series at all, as they are described as the MSX "Performance Custom" series in deep and jazz sizes, and the WSX "Performance Session" series in jazz sizes only. The MSX series sport the badges from the MX/MLX series. I can't make out the badges on the WSX well enough to confirm, but it seems likely they sport World Series badges, even though the moniker "World Series" doesn't appear anywhere in the literature. This is no surprise, as the World Series name had been retired for the WX/WLX by then, too.
                                What were the available sizes?
                                For the WSX:
                                • WSX-218 18x14 BD
                                • WSX-220 20x14 BD
                                • WSX-210D 10x8 TT
                                • WSX-212 12x8 TT
                                • WSX-213 13x9 TT
                                • WSX-2114 14x14 FT
                                • WSX-5314 14x5.5 SD
                                1982 Maxwin DLX705 in #55 Silver Flash
                                1994 SX "Session Series" in #38 Stainless Steel
                                1990 CZX "Custom Z" in #130 Champagne
                                1991 SZX "CZX Studio" in #133 Crimson Quartz
                                1986 SC "Syncussion X" in black
                                Roland TD-20SX
                                Roland TD-30KV

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