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  1. Registered User

    Join Date
    Mar 2018


    Lipstick on a pig and all that.
    Pearl Prestige Session Select SRX 1998 in black mist
    8-10-12-14-16F-18F-20BD 14x6.5" Masters Custom Maple Snare

  2. Registered User

    Join Date
    Aug 2002


    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    You asked for opinions, so here's my 2 cents. I wouldn't put more money into a Pearl Decade Maple kit, for a couple reasons. I've been down that road in the past... trying to upgrade drums via hardware upgrades. The problem is, it's a waste of money. Drum hardware parts tend to be very expensive. You could invest the money in better drums, and sell yours on eBay or CL. The other reason I wouldn't go down this upgrade road is, the Pearl Optimount (regular or aluminum) is not going to achieve all of this enhanced resonance you're hoping to hear. You might get a little extra, after tinkering with how they attach to the drums, but it won't be a dramatic improvement your likely dreaming of. I'd consider finding other drums that resonate more; they are worth saving and shopping for.

    When I occasionally make a custom kit using wood shells from a lesser series, I always keep the hardware in line with the series.

    For example, I recently put together a custom "Martini" kit (with 14" bass drum) using Pearl Masters Maple Complete shells. They come with Masters hardware (CL) and standard Optimounts. I was tempted to use the better Reference Pure hardware (and an aluminum Optimount), but it is not worth the investment (especially the STL- bass drum lugs) since the value of the kit would ultimately be determined by the series (and I would end up changing the hardware back to Masters if I sold it anyway).

    One exception would be snare drums (depending on the badge) where it is more common to use different hardware with the same type of shell and finish. Another exception would be a drum kit with metal shells.

    Last edited by MusicMan; 02-15-2019 at 08:35 AM.
    2018 Masterworks / ES Comet Sparkle

    18x20 KD, 14x16 FT, 12x14 FT, 10x12 TT, 8x10 TT, 5x13 SD

    2017 Masterworks Cocktail Kit / ES Comet Sparkle

    16x16 KD (verticle), 4x10 SD, 6x8 TT, 5x12 TT

  3. Empowered Individual

    Join Date
    Aug 2005


    A majority of the drum shells’ resonance comes from heads, hoops, and tuning. I think the optilocks are just fine for your kit. I would spend the cash on some 2.3 hoops.


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