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  1. Registered User

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    Default Old Export Vs New Export (Redux)

    Hey All,

    I found the old thread on PDF and just didn't get the exact answer I'm looking for. Here is the link to that.

    https://www.pearldrummersforum.com/s...w-Export/page2

    So there is a guy near me who is selling what he is describing as a "late 70s early 80s" export. He has a full kit and a non-matching 18" floor.

    Here are the pics.







    My questions:

    1) By the look of the lugs and badge, is this truly a late 70/early 80s export?

    2) If so, is it true that the export of this era were mahogany and not poplar wood?

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    The badge indicates it to be a 1996-97 Export Series.

    Shells are 8-ply Asian Mahogany | & Select hardwood
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    Thanks AL!

    I saw that and some other images that made me think he was not correct. Any time I found a dated image of an old export, it had the coffin lugs.

    Hey are the mahogany shells decent, in your opinion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Track12 View Post
    Thanks AL!

    I saw that and some other images that made me think he was not correct. Any time I found a dated image of an old export, it had the coffin lugs.

    Hey are the mahogany shells decent, in your opinion?
    Yeah they sound good. It isn't you know the African Mahogany that we use on the Masterworks, but those shells sound good.

    Also, just be aware we no longer offer the three-piece long hi-tension lugs so if they break you are out of luck without going to a third party after market lug.


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    “Asian Mahogany” is another name for Poplar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AL PERCIVAL View Post
    Select hardwood
    What's the select hardwood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JY Kelly View Post
    “Asian Mahogany” is another name for Poplar.
    It's actually Luan, but yeah it's the same idea. Super soft, and super cheap.

    Poplar and Luan are kind of like the rice cakes of the drum world. They don't sound bad necessarily, they just don't sound like anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feenix View Post
    What's the select hardwood?
    It can be a combination of wood types like Luna, Santa Maria, basswood some companies use like a lamin select etc...

    The inner ply is the most influential in the overall sound with the outer ply / veneer for looks (if its a lacquer or exotic outer finish).

    Personally speaking, I've always liked the standard 6-ply poplar shell 7.5mm thickness which was the standard from 2002-2007 in the export series. Poplar gets a bad rap, but it is a nice sounding wood.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AL PERCIVAL View Post
    Personally speaking, I've always liked the standard 6-ply poplar shell 7.5mm thickness which was the standard from 2002-2007 in the export series. Poplar gets a bad rap, but it is a nice sounding wood.
    Thanks for the answer

    I've got an 8" and 10" set of Export toms from that era and they are great little drums. The 10" was turned into a snare drum and it's got a great deep, dry popcorn tone.

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