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  • My Mid-Life crises drum kit...

    Gonna be 55 next month and lately I've been reminiscing about deeper tom depths and a larger set than the 4 pc. Tama Superstar custom kit I had been playing for the last few years. While perusing the facebook marketplace site, I came across this mid 90's nine piece Pearl Session series MONSTER that I have lovingly dubbed "Big Teal" as it is finished in my favorite teal lacquer from that period. I actually owned a smaller 5 pc. version of this kit in the same finish bought brand new back then and immediately regretted selling it because it always sounded as good as it looked. Looking forward to cleaning, polishing and restoring it to it's former glory! The kid I bought this from said "if I didn't sell it, I was going to spray paint it a matte black". I gasped "NO, I'm so glad you didn't"! His annoyed father agreed with me as I handed over the cash and began hustling them out of there. I'm not thrilled with the ISS mounts and never have been but I'm going to try to modify them a little by replacing the metal spacers on the ISS brackets with rubber grommets and try putting adhesive backed foam rubber on top of the bracket lip where the rim rests to try to isolate the toms a little better. If that doesn't work, I'll probably go back to my favorite tried and true R.I.M.s method of mounting. Sizes are 8X8, 10X10, 12X10, 13X11, 14X12, 16X14, 18X16 ,22X16 and what I consider an awesome bonus: a matching 6.5X14 snare!
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    10 pc. Pearl Session Series SRX in #125 Teal lacquer. 4pc Tama Superstar classic maple kit in Silver Snow metallic lacquer. Zildjian Custom A 14" Projection hats, 17"Projection crash, 18" Sabian AAXplosion crash and 20"Sabian AA Rock ride. Tama Iron Cobra pedal/hi-hat, Pearl hardware.

  • #2
    Sweet score. There is thunder in those shells for sure.
    Eric G : Pearl,pAiSTe,Remo,Vic Firth,SKB,Roc n Soc,Roland V-Drums. Masters MCX Chestnut fade.
    22"x18",10"x8",12"x9",16"x16". Ian Paice Snare.sigpic Why not ...

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    • #3
      Welcome to the PDF, the Vintage section, and the mid 50's lol

      Nice score, looking forward to seeing it all cleaned up...
      My revamped Pearl DX kit (now with 8" tom)
      My refurbished 72 NC Deluxe Pearl Kit
      My early 80's G314LXDC Pearl Snare
      Catalogue Corner Thread
      Restoring and refinishing (vintage) drums
      My Snare build

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      • #4
        Congrats, a very similar setup to mine! I would bet though that the 8x8 tom is actually 8x7?
        Pearl Prestige Session Select SRX 1998 in black mist
        8-10-12-14-16F-18F-20BD 14x6.5" Masters Custom Maple Snare

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        • #5
          Glad to see you plan on living until you’re a 110. Too many give up before then.

          That kit allows you to give Nicko McBrain a run for his money.
          dalewmiller.com my kits: 1 2 3

          GMS | Paiste|Evans|Kennedy Camden Auxiliary Percussion

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          • #6
            LOL Dale...Not sure I want to live that long. Already getting the aches and pains associated with 40 years of steady drumming but they WILL probably bury me with my sticks still in my cold dead hands!
            10 pc. Pearl Session Series SRX in #125 Teal lacquer. 4pc Tama Superstar classic maple kit in Silver Snow metallic lacquer. Zildjian Custom A 14" Projection hats, 17"Projection crash, 18" Sabian AAXplosion crash and 20"Sabian AA Rock ride. Tama Iron Cobra pedal/hi-hat, Pearl hardware.

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            • #7
              No Bodgit it really is an 8X8. I was curious as well and measured the shell. Pretty cool having the 8" and 10" toms in square sizes. In the pic though the 8" tom DOES look a little shallower.
              10 pc. Pearl Session Series SRX in #125 Teal lacquer. 4pc Tama Superstar classic maple kit in Silver Snow metallic lacquer. Zildjian Custom A 14" Projection hats, 17"Projection crash, 18" Sabian AAXplosion crash and 20"Sabian AA Rock ride. Tama Iron Cobra pedal/hi-hat, Pearl hardware.

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              • #8
                Absolutely Eric. I just HAD to have this set! Being an old school drummer, I really started getting disappointed at the tom depths on drums starting to go shallower and just missed the BOOM of a nice deep tom. This kit held 3 bonus drums in my mind. The 8X8 tom, 18X16 Floor (haven't had one since the 80s) and the matching snare in my favorite size which really sounds great as well. I also use a Ludwig 14X8 steel Supralite that I tricked out with a Dunnet/Gibralter swivel strainer. The $200 snare sounded good enough to warrant an upgrade.
                10 pc. Pearl Session Series SRX in #125 Teal lacquer. 4pc Tama Superstar classic maple kit in Silver Snow metallic lacquer. Zildjian Custom A 14" Projection hats, 17"Projection crash, 18" Sabian AAXplosion crash and 20"Sabian AA Rock ride. Tama Iron Cobra pedal/hi-hat, Pearl hardware.

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                • #9
                  Thanks 3pearl, it's good to be home again. I played Pearl drums for many years and kinda lost my way with other brands for a while. Some awesome, some pretty crappy but I always held a soft spot in my heart for Pearl. Always thought of them as the "working man's" affordable drum brand.
                  10 pc. Pearl Session Series SRX in #125 Teal lacquer. 4pc Tama Superstar classic maple kit in Silver Snow metallic lacquer. Zildjian Custom A 14" Projection hats, 17"Projection crash, 18" Sabian AAXplosion crash and 20"Sabian AA Rock ride. Tama Iron Cobra pedal/hi-hat, Pearl hardware.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Niteclub View Post
                    Gonna be 55 next month and lately I've been reminiscing about deeper tom depths and a larger set than the 4 pc. Tama Superstar custom kit I had been playing for the last few years. While perusing the facebook marketplace site, I came across this mid 90's nine piece Pearl Session series MONSTER that I have lovingly dubbed "Big Teal" as it is finished in my favorite teal lacquer from that period. I actually owned a smaller 5 pc. version of this kit in the same finish bought brand new back then and immediately regretted selling it because it always sounded as good as it looked. Looking forward to cleaning, polishing and restoring it to it's former glory! The kid I bought this from said "if I didn't sell it, I was going to spray paint it a matte black". I gasped "NO, I'm so glad you didn't"! His annoyed father agreed with me as I handed over the cash and began hustling them out of there. I'm not thrilled with the ISS mounts and never have been but I'm going to try to modify them a little by replacing the metal spacers on the ISS brackets with rubber grommets and try putting adhesive backed foam rubber on top of the bracket lip where the rim rests to try to isolate the toms a little better. If that doesn't work, I'll probably go back to my favorite tried and true R.I.M.s method of mounting. Sizes are 8X8, 10X10, 12X10, 13X11, 14X12, 16X14, 18X16 ,22X16 and what I consider an awesome bonus: a matching 6.5X14 snare!
                    Nice score for sure!

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                    • #11
                      That looks like a lot of fun to play!
                      60's Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 20-12-16; Club Date - OBP 20-12-14, 14; OBP - 20,12,14
                      Gretsch USA Walnut 18x16 bass x 2, 22-12-13-14-16; Renown 8-10-12-14-14-16-22; RN2 - 24, 13, 16
                      Gretsch 60's RB kit in Red Glass Glitter – 20-12-14-14
                      FOR SALE: Pearl WMP Fiberglass 14-16-16 toms

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                      • #12
                        nice score...love the deep tom depths...how do you plan to clean it up? is the lacquer in good shape that you could polish it using an automotive cut polish if required?
                        My wife says I am no longer permitted to buy any more drums...I said okay you cant buy any more shoes...we are presently at an impasse! I see drums...she sees shoes!

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                        • #13
                          It's really not in bad shape at all. There are the usual scratches and a couple of shallow gouges. I'm doing them piece by piece with white vinegar and Dawn dish detergent for the rims and lugs. Then I just hit the whole drum with Pledge furniture polish. So far I have about half of them done. I'm also in the process of replacing each ISS mount with DSS rims mounts and all the nylon tension rod washers as well. So far they are cleaning up nicely although I am starting to find a few issues as I tear the drums down (like slight delamination on a couple shells and some bearing edge damage) Eventually I will have all the bearing edges re-cut to custom edges on each drum...
                          10 pc. Pearl Session Series SRX in #125 Teal lacquer. 4pc Tama Superstar classic maple kit in Silver Snow metallic lacquer. Zildjian Custom A 14" Projection hats, 17"Projection crash, 18" Sabian AAXplosion crash and 20"Sabian AA Rock ride. Tama Iron Cobra pedal/hi-hat, Pearl hardware.

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