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AustinFitz 06-29-2018 05:14 AM

Introduction and my BELOVED new maple kit!
Hello everyone! I'm 27 and have been playing drums for as long as I can remember really, but after a bad breakup of my old band I ended up selling off my Taye kit and taking a break from music for a while. After 4 years without even touching a drum set my brother (bass player in the old band) approached me about starting something new with him as lead vocals and guitar player, and me back on drums.

I was more than ready to start playing again, but needed to find myself a drum set on a pretty tight budget. With only $600 total to work with I started hunting for a used kit locally, but couldn't seem to find anything I could afford besides bunches of old beat up entry level kits.

After a week of searching I was just about ready to give up and spend the $600 on a brand new entry level kit that came with a couple of cheap cymbals when I decided to check Craigslist one more time... Suddenly there it was!!! A beautiful vintage Pearl kit listed for $699 OBO at a pawn shop about 50 miles away from me. Don't know how I hadn't seen it before. I called them up right away and managed to negotiate the price down to $600 out the door, but couldn't make it there before they closed for the day, so I was waiting there in the parking lot the next morning when they unlocked the doors!

After some research it turns out I came home with an '80-'81 Pearl G-series Big Beat kit in walnut lacquer finish with 8 ply, 6mm maple shells, a 6.514" late '70s Pearl COB Jupiter snare, 1981 dated 14" Paiste 2002 Sound Edge hi hats, a 21" Sabian AA Dry Ride, an 18" Sabian B8 Pro Medium Crash, a nice Tama Power Glide kick pedal, and all of the various upper level Pearl hardware pictured (vintage 800 and 900 series).

I think I got a really good deal on them! They're the exact sizes and configuration I really wanted, but didn't think I'd ever find in my price range! In my opinion they're drop dead gorgeous, and the biggest thing... THE SOUND!!! OMG THESE THINGS SOUND INCREDIBLE!!!

Being Pearl's top of the line shells at the time I figured they would sound good, but I was not expecting this! My Taye kit sounded great, and recorded well in the studio, but these Pearls are just on another level all together!

I was already really excited to start playing again, but finding this kit has put me over the moon! Playing is so much more fun when your kit gives you a hard-on lol!

Here are a few pics of them, and a shot from the 1980 Pearl catalog that lists the sizes. Please excuse the dirt and grime. They're still fresh out of the pawn shop lol. I've started cleaning them 1 at a time in between practices, and so far I've only done the 13" and 14" rack toms.


AustinFitz 06-29-2018 05:15 AM

Re: Introduction and my BELOVED new maple kit!

Was jamming at a friend's house in this pic with a couple of extra cymbals and stands I borrowed from him.

idrum4fun 06-29-2018 09:28 AM

Re: Introduction and my BELOVED new maple kit!
Hello...and Welcome to the forum!

Beautiful drums! I'd say you got a very good deal...also considering that the COB Jupiter is worth almost half of what you paid for the entire kit! The all maple shells were very well made. Congrats...and enjoy them for years to come!


ATeam 06-29-2018 10:22 AM

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Nice kit. Walnut is a classic look. What's even more important is that it got you excited to play again. Good luck with them and good luck with the band.

Hoppy 06-29-2018 02:32 PM

Re: Introduction and my BELOVED new maple kit!
Welcome aboard!

teverson-sr 06-29-2018 07:58 PM

Re: Introduction and my BELOVED new maple kit!
I believe I read that those are Keller shells. Beautiful drums.

AustinFitz 06-29-2018 09:09 PM

Re: Introduction and my BELOVED new maple kit!

Originally Posted by teverson-sr (Post 435113)
I believe I read that those are Keller shells. Beautiful drums.

Thanks for the welcome everyone! There were some Pearl drums from that era that used Keller shells because the Japanese plant couldn't handle the demand, and they were in the process of upgrading their factory in Taiwan to boost production. During that time They used some Keller shells and built them up at their US headquarters. Those Keller shelled drums were badged as "Made In USA" . Mine are badged "Made In Japan, and still have the Japanese quality control inspection passed tags on the insides of the toms.

AustinFitz 07-01-2018 03:14 AM

Re: Introduction and my BELOVED new maple kit!
Working on giving the bass drum a wipe down tonight. It's very dusty, but also covered in a super fine mist of white paint overspray. Looks like someone was spray painting too close to the drums. Luckily it's coming off with a little elbow grease. The finish looks amazing underneath besides a couple of little chips and scratches. This pic doesn't do it justice. It's so deep and glassy in person. I can't wait until I have the time to completely break them all down to bare shells and really clean them! This will have to do for now though as I have practice tomorrow. I just love everything about this kit though! It keeps getting better and better!

Also, does anyone know if this 1 black hoop is original? It looks exactly the same shape as the walnut lacquered one, and is obviously old, but I'm not sure if it came that way or not. Almost looks like the kit in the catalog has a black batter side hoop too.

seantdrums 07-01-2018 08:43 AM

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Great looking kit you have there plus as mentioned the jupiter snare drum. Definitely wont lose any money on them. For the year the shells look very well cared for. Odd minor points but to be expected gives it a real used look. All the best sean

AustinFitz 07-01-2018 09:56 PM

Re: Introduction and my BELOVED new maple kit!
Thanks! I know I could easily flip them and make some cash, but I've formed a bond with this kit already lol! I'm absolutely in love with them, and I don't think I'll ever be selling them. They're the exact sizes and configuration I want, they're all Maple, I LOVE the dark Walnut stain, and the super glossy lacquer. They sound incredible! They just really tick all the boxes for me! I just need to focus on adding the perfect cymbals, stands, heads, and cleaning them all up. After that I'll literally have my dream kit!

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