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  1. The Fight Revisited.

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    Default Vision Series vs. ECX Maple Export

    Some people asked why I'd choose the Vision series over the new all maple Export. Below I have created a chart showing the basic differences between the new ECX and the new Vision Series. I am also copying my post from another thread which is extensive but might also solve some confusion about the new products.

    Either way you cut it, both kits are excellent, but I think the Vision outshines the ECX in finish options, hardware, and overall value. I'd buy the Vision Series over the ECX basically because you're getting more for your money. To go into more detail please read my evaluation.

    There were no real improvements to the Exports this year. All they did was merge the Session series into a "custom" Export line called ECX. You are getting a 6 ply maple shell which I would assume is the same as the old SMX shell, or at least the same quality wood. In order to keep the costs low they used existing lugs and offered four basic (boring) lacquer finishes. Also the ECX is sold as shell-packs only, another way to keep costs low.

    The Vision is manufactured in Pearl's new China factory. With the Vision series you get an improved birch/basswood shell that's 6 ply for rack toms and 8 ply for floor toms and bass drums. You also get all new lugs featuring brass inserts (!!!!!), new recessed bass drum claws, and new tom brackets all designed to resemble the Reference Series. Don't forget 2 ply heads, all new 900 series stands and pedals, new badges, molded rubber gaskets (another really nice feature!) and your choice of 4 lacquer OR 5 wrapped finishes. On top of that you also get Pearl's new limited lifetime warranty.

    The all maple ECX is a huge advance for the Export name, but the Vision appears to be the nicer of the two kits in terms of fit and finish. I'm sure someone will say that an all maple shell is better. You may be right to some degree, maple is definitely an excellent wood but with the right heads and tuning you can make almost any kit sound wonderful regardless of what wood is used. I also think the ECX finishes are rather plain, but I expect this to change once ECX sales take off.

    Once I actually play the ECX and Vision series in person, that's when my final vote will be cast.

    Please share your comments or arguments....
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    Good points.

  3. Practicing...

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    I can't wait till they start putting up more info on pearl's website about the ECX it would seems like a good kit and great deals are bound to start showing up eventually like with other exports...hopefully

  4. Pearl Corporation USA

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    close-up of the Vision super high-gloss UV finish with wood grain showing lacquer, new lug design and brass-inserts.
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  5. Corinthians 10:31

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    I think the Vision series will be just as popular as the Exports were.. But for thoes who really like Export...now is the time to take advantage of the great prices at music shops trying to get rid of them!
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    im inline for a vision vsx personly its my next set i really want but ill see what ppl think after its out and around
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  7. The Fight Revisited.

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    Thanks for the close-up AL. I hope the NAMM section of Pearldrum.com gets launched soon. I haven't seen as many Pearl pics so far this year.
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    Here's some good shots I snatched up from drumrock.com (I hope they don't mind) I can't wait to see Clear Birch or Black Fade in person.

    In this order
    VSX in Strata White
    VSX color range
    VLX color range
    ECX in Electric Blue
    ECX color range
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  9. Bringer of Elvenefris Flame

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    Good points you've got. I think people might be better of saving the extra cash for the MCX (thats the in-stock Masters, right?) than the ECX.

    The Vision line should do really well.

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    looks dreamy I WANT ONE !!!!!!! vsx for sure once i can get some money and new cymbals
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    Thanks a lot for the info man! Great stuff.
    Still i think the Maple should sound a bit better then the Visions. But is there a big difference between the maple lugs and the reference inspired vision lugs?
    Because i think you can get a better sound out of the maples, if you put the right heads on.


    THe ECX finishes do look boring, but the electric blue looks pretty cool though.
    Last edited by McEvoy; 02-06-2007 at 09:55 AM.

  12. This is just a tribute

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    1.6 mm hoops. Ugh! Those have GOT to go. I believe that 2.3 mm hoops should be a minimum requirement on any kit that costs more than $500. The price difference can't be that much to put those on instead of the 1.6 mm thin cheapie hoops, and they make a world of difference in intonation and sound.
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