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  1. Registered User

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    Default 6" Masterworks Rack Tom

    Hello Fellow Pearl Drum Peeps

    Since Pearl does not offer a 6" rack tom in any series except the Masterworks, I submitted my order for a Pearl Masterworks rack tom back in April. The specs are 6" x 8", in nearly 8" Reference specs. The only difference is I have 4 inner plies of birch and 2 outer plies of maple (Reference has 4 outer maple, 2 inner birch). I thought I should continue the logic and flow of the Reference series on the smaller 6" rack tom, and enhance the crack and pop it will bring to the rest of the kit.

    Does anyone else have a 6" diameter rack tom? How do you like it? Pros/Cons?
    How is the wait time on Masterworks kits? Any longer or slower than the Reference kits? Just curious.

    This Masterworks will go with the 12 Piece Reference I bought, and make a complete set of 8 rack toms, 6"-16". My dream kit is finally coming true!

    Keep on Rocking!
    Kyle
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    Wow, quite the shell bank you have there! Awesome!
    Don’t have a 6” myself and have only played one or two, but they surely sound unique.
    Regarding the specs, I believe Pearl doesn’t offer a 6” die cast hoop, all the Masterworks 6” toms I’ve seen have been equipped with a Superhoop II. Great reasoning behind the shell with four interior plies of birch, I would have done the same! A perfect addition to your existing Reference kit.
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    I was told the same thing. The 6" will come with the Superhoop II. I've never owned a top of the line kit or played one before. I've only ever played my 1990 Exports. I look forward to the comparison of entry level (at least at the time when I bought them) to today's high quality builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyle75 View Post

    Does anyone else have a 6" diameter rack tom?
    Kyle
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    Kyle, are they placing a Ref badge on it? Here is mine from 2015...

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    Wow, that is one gorgeous drum! I didn't know that could be an option to place a Reference Badge on a Masterworks Drum. How did you go about that? I bought my kit through Sweetwater. After 4 months I'm not sure I would be allowed to make a change like that. Thank you for sharing that drum!

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    I have an Emerald Fade 6"x7" tom in the Reference shell specs. Not sure about the bearing edge off the top of my head.

    While it's use is somewhat limited (all crack; little to no sustain); I love having a pitch even higher than the 8".

  8. Masterworks / Sabian

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    Hi,

    I ordered a 6 inch MW to add to my kit a few years ago.
    Pro's.
    You get another rack tom option to hit!
    Doesn't add much real estate to the kit. Good for tight fit areas.
    Easy to tune.
    Great for the prog rock huge fills.

    Cons.
    Hard to hit accurate when doing something busy.
    Limited hoop options.
    Limited depth option.
    Expense for the size.

    Good luck.
    DrumandFly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi View Post
    Kyle, are they placing a Ref badge on it? Here is mine from 2015...

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    I just played that one yesterday Mike. It is still in good hands!

    Pros:
    A decent tuning range for its size.
    Its tone blends well with the other Reference toms (i.e. 8x7, 8x8, 10x8, 12x9, 13x9, 14x11, etc.)

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    The Pros definitely outweigh the Cons...at least for me Thank you for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyle75 View Post
    Wow, that is one gorgeous drum! I didn't know that could be an option to place a Reference Badge on a Masterworks Drum. How did you go about that? I bought my kit through Sweetwater. After 4 months I'm not sure I would be allowed to make a change like that. Thank you for sharing that drum!
    From memory I asked Al Percival about it and was able to order it as a Ref tom. A case of who you know perhaps...


    Quote Originally Posted by RG1820X View Post
    I just played that one yesterday Mike. It is still in good hands!
    Great to hear Andy! I knew he was going to a good home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Foreman View Post
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