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  • Pearl Free Floating Steel Shell Snare 14"x6,5" 1st Generation - year of manufacture?

    Tags: first generation Free Floating System Timeline history back catalogue production year fabrication date year of manufacture produced during which year


    Hey there,

    I got a Pearl Free Floating System Steel Shell Snare 14" x 6,5" 1st Generation (hexagonal lugs) (Pearl S 025 Strainer, I guess)

    I wonder if it`s possible to determine the year of manufacture by means of the Bagde Serial Number (Serial No.) and where it was built (Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea etc.)
    ---> my serial number: 867630

    As far as I know the 1st generation of free floating system Snares started 1983 or 1986 until 1998 (what is correct?)

    I thought I found that information on a post at pearl?s forum some time ago, but I could be wrong

    I can post pictures if needed

    Greetz,

    Marc
    Last edited by black-pearl; 11-20-2013, 05:57 AM.

  • #2
    Pictures always help as for the serial numbers, they mean nothing unique, they don't keep records of the serial numbers for anything except masterworks drums. I discovered that 15 odd years ago trying to date my kit. As for the age, the 2nd generation of free floaters with the round lugs began somewhere around 92-94ish if I am remembering correctly. I bought my first FF in '97, and it was a second gen and they had been out a few years. The last catalog I have that still has the hexagonal lugs is from '91 so I know they were still first gen at that time.....

    And pics.....even if it doesn't help more with the years, we still like pics around these parts

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    • #3
      Thanks for your help!

      Gene Okamoto sent me 2 flyers where you can see that the free floating Snare debuted in 1983.
      So the starting date seems to be clear now

      Here`s some pictures of the snare:
      Attached Files

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      • #4
        Free Floater Flyer, 1983, back.pdf

        Free Floater Flyer, 1983, front.pdf

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        • #5
          I had that exact same drum. Sounded fantastic with a coated pinstripe on it and cranked to high heaven!

          I *think* the 2nd gen (round lugs and new strainers) debuted in 93, but I could well be wrong
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          • #6
            Thanks for sharing the flyers....I collect all old Pearl literature I can, and I had not seen those! Added to the collection now.

            I used to have that exact model as well....it is the one FF I had that I sold, and I have regretted it ever since It sounded very good, I ran an Evans ST Dry on it and it was wonderful, but I got a 8" brass and at the time financially one had to go, so the steel lost. I would love to have another one like it if, if I ever find one when I have some spare cash I will buy it!

            93 sounds right to me too, but I was not positive, so i guessed the 92-94 range I would love to see a definitive Free Floating timeline/history....maybe one day it will get put together......Gene or Al, any you guys put in work in on this you would want to share?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Thrush View Post
              I *think* the 2nd gen (round lugs and new strainers) debuted in 93, but I could well be wrong
              You are absolutely correct.

              I have a 6.5" steel G2 that is in dire need of spare parts and some maintenance, and am picking up an 8" brass G2, tonight!
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by gyorpb View Post
                You are absolutely correct.

                I have a 6.5" steel G2 that is in dire need of spare parts and some maintenance, and am picking up an 8" brass G2, tonight!
                Now I am jealous I have a 1st gen 8" brass, but would love to have the 2nd gen hardware with that shell. I like the 2nd gen stuff the best, it is just my favorite.

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                • #9
                  If you`re interested I`m going to sell this drum (but I`m located in Germany)


                  So the history of the FF 1st Generation Snare is from 1983-1993 ???
                  Just for the record

                  Can anyone tell if it`s an older or newer 1st Generation FF?
                  Last edited by black-pearl; 11-20-2013, 10:29 AM.

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                  • #10
                    I always wanted an 8" deep FF snare, and I can't think of a better shell to have in that size than brass - get pics up when you get it!
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                    • #11
                      I shall.

                      I was already toying with the idea of converting my 6.5" steel to an 8" [something], since I had trouble finding the FT-65 lugs, but could find the FT-80's. Then this "new" one came along, and I just couldn't resist.

                      I'm still toying with the conversion idea on the steel shelled one, though… I could make a CZX FF out of it by dropping in an 8", 10-ply Keller maple shell and covering it in bird's eye maple veneer… that would rock.
                      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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                      • #12
                        That would be very cool!

                        I've gone off the idea of an 8" deep snare myself over the last few years - although I wouldn't pass up a Premier HR9 if I found a good one. The other FF I always wanted was an acrylic one. I just think the chassis really lends itself to the acrylic look. I'd quite like a 6.5 version in either clear or light smoke acrylic
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                        PEARL CZX "CUSTOM Z" ALL MAPLE
                        22", 22", 8", 10", 12", 13", 14", 16", 18"
                        PICSPICS 2
                        “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
                        Click Here To Help My Next Epic Search Quest

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                        • #13
                          Acrylic has been one of the shell options I have been pondering for a while. But there's just too many colours to pick from! Clear would be cool, as would smoke, but what about Day-Glo green? It'd be an ORAC free-floater!
                          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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                          • #14
                            This has given me an idea for a new thread: What would your signature snare be?
                            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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                            • #15
                              Here's my first gen 8" brass, I know it has some scuffs and spots and such but the way it sounds I won't touch it

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                              I have often contemplated an acrylic shell too, they are quite affordable from drumfactorydirect.com and drummaker.com. My issue was color as well....I just can't decide which I like better. I just posted in your new thread too as well great idea!

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