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Pearl Masterworks Drums

I don’t believe I have ever seen more attention paid to detail in construction than Pearl has given to its outstanding Masterworks custom drums. Even the way the drums are packed for shipping-meticulously-is impressive.

Since the Masterworks series are completely custom and handmade, you can order the exact hardware, drum sizes and types of wood and number of plies that suit your fancy. Wood types include maple, birch and mahogany. You can combine any of these three woods into one shell to create your own unique blend of wood design. The review model was a small combo kit in a groovy, ’60s-era, blue-sparkle finish consisting of a 17-inch by 20-inch bass drum, 8 by 12 tom and 14 by 14 floor tom, all made of 6-ply African mahogany. The toms shipped with coated Remo Ambassador heads on top and clear Remo Ambassadors on bottom. The resonance and tone was warm and responsive. The bass drum, equipped with coated Remo Powerstroke 3 heads on front and back, was devastatingly deep and resonant. Even tuned up to a higher pitch for bebop and straightahead playing, the low end dominated the higher pitch of the drum. There was no need for internal muffling with the Powerstroke 3 heads, which is a beautiful thing for jazz.

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