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    Default Vision VBL or VBX?

    Hi there. A little confusion here as to what I actually have. This kit is a Vision 100% Birch SST in Clear Lacquer. How can I tell between the two?

    many thanks in advance & kind regards, Kevin

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    Yamaha Recording Custom 10,12,13,16,22 in Cherry Red
    Pearl Masters Premium Maple "Redline" in 12, 16, 22. Black on Black.
    Pearl World Series 12,13,16,22 in Natural Matte Lacquer
    Pearl BLX 10,12,13,16,22 in Sequoia Red
    Endorser for Scymtek Cymbals & The London Drumstick Company.

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    Based on the date code you posted, they appear to have been produced in June of 2008, so that would most likely make them "VBX" in the "Clear Birch" lacquer finish. Pearl did not offer anything called a "VLX" during that year (at least not in the U.S.). They offered VMX (Maple shells, lacquer finish), VBX (Birch shells, lacquer finish) and VSX + VX kits (Birch kits with wraps).

    This is based on their 2008 catalogue which can be found here: http://catweb.tgtel.com/2008%20Gener...%20spreads.pdf - No affiliation with the site, but I find it helpful.
    It appears that you are in the UK, so I do not know if Pearl Europe offered any other variations than these.

    Hope that helps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheez_Whiz View Post
    Based on the date code you posted, they appear to have been produced in June of 2008, so that would most likely make them "VBX" in the "Clear Birch" lacquer finish. Pearl did not offer anything called a "VLX" during that year (at least not in the U.S.). They offered VMX (Maple shells, lacquer finish), VBX (Birch shells, lacquer finish) and VSX + VX kits (Birch kits with wraps).

    This is based on their 2008 catalogue which can be found here: http://catweb.tgtel.com/2008%20Gener...%20spreads.pdf - No affiliation with the site, but I find it helpful.
    It appears that you are in the UK, so I do not know if Pearl Europe offered any other variations than these.

    Hope that helps...

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    Excellent & many thanks. I know there is a VBL here (Vision, Birch Lacquer) & also the VBX. Hence my confusion.
    Yamaha Recording Custom 10,12,13,16,22 in Cherry Red
    Pearl Masters Premium Maple "Redline" in 12, 16, 22. Black on Black.
    Pearl World Series 12,13,16,22 in Natural Matte Lacquer
    Pearl BLX 10,12,13,16,22 in Sequoia Red
    Endorser for Scymtek Cymbals & The London Drumstick Company.

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    Happy to (hopefully) help. In 2007, at least based on the US catalogue, they offered VSX (birch + basswood, wrapped) and VLX (birch + basswood, lacquered), but I cannot find any references to a VBL in other years. Apparently, in 2008, the VBX was all birch, while the VX and VSX retained the original "recipe" of birch + basswood.

    In any case, looks like a nice kit. Enjoy playing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheez_Whiz View Post
    Happy to (hopefully) help. In 2007, at least based on the US catalogue, they offered VSX (birch + basswood, wrapped) and VLX (birch + basswood, lacquered), but I cannot find any references to a VBL in other years. Apparently, in 2008, the VBX was all birch, while the VX and VSX retained the original "recipe" of birch + basswood.

    In any case, looks like a nice kit. Enjoy playing it.
    Yes, This one is 100% Birch. I actually think the build quality & the components are better than my old BLX........... (Dons fire suit). Certainly the chrome is a lot better. Should have it finished this week so will hopefully be giving it a whirl. Will be interesting to see how it compares to my Masters kit
    Yamaha Recording Custom 10,12,13,16,22 in Cherry Red
    Pearl Masters Premium Maple "Redline" in 12, 16, 22. Black on Black.
    Pearl World Series 12,13,16,22 in Natural Matte Lacquer
    Pearl BLX 10,12,13,16,22 in Sequoia Red
    Endorser for Scymtek Cymbals & The London Drumstick Company.

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    Yamaha Recording Custom 10,12,13,16,22 in Cherry Red
    Pearl Masters Premium Maple "Redline" in 12, 16, 22. Black on Black.
    Pearl World Series 12,13,16,22 in Natural Matte Lacquer
    Pearl BLX 10,12,13,16,22 in Sequoia Red
    Endorser for Scymtek Cymbals & The London Drumstick Company.

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    Aha, Think I have it sorted now. Mine is a VBX as it has the 6/8 shells & also the badges are the earlier type.
    Yamaha Recording Custom 10,12,13,16,22 in Cherry Red
    Pearl Masters Premium Maple "Redline" in 12, 16, 22. Black on Black.
    Pearl World Series 12,13,16,22 in Natural Matte Lacquer
    Pearl BLX 10,12,13,16,22 in Sequoia Red
    Endorser for Scymtek Cymbals & The London Drumstick Company.

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