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Old 05-28-2018, 06:12 PM
JohnBonham JohnBonham is offline
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Arrow 90's Pearl B-5314D 14"x6.5" Brass Snare

Hi guys. It's been a while since I've been here.
Recently I traded a 14"x5.5" MIJ Tama Starclassic I had by a heavy beast - a 14"x6.5", Made in Taiwan, Brass Shell Pearl snare (model B-5314D)

I use to play my 14"x5" Supra (don't have a LM402, YET ) at almost every gig but I want a deeper snare, since I usualy play rock. This snare came around and I decided to give it shot. I had my Starclassic snare "laying arround" so I traded it, + some cash. The starclassic had a basic throw off system, 8 lugs per side, die cast hoops, basic snare butt plate... I used it a couple of times and didn't like it so much.

This Pearl is in relative good condition. The lugs were broken and the previous owner swaped them (by original ones) and attached them with longer screws. I heard this lugs use to break easily, btw. The shell has some oxidization marks and the top hoop has a spot without chrome. The throw off and butt screws were replaced by regular phillips screws.

I think I can give this snare some life. Don't know yet if will polish the shell, maybe not. I will keep you updated as soon as I start this project.

Feel free to leave your feedback about this snare, tips and opinions.

Cheers
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Old 05-28-2018, 06:14 PM
JohnBonham JohnBonham is offline
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Default Re: 90's Pearl B-5314D 14"x6.5" Brass Snare

Pearl's catalogue
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Old 05-28-2018, 11:50 PM
Trilok_Gurtu Trilok_Gurtu is offline
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Default Re: 90's Pearl B-5314D 14"x6.5" Brass Snare

Nice. It's funny, I just scored a 90's Pearl Brass 14x3.5 FFS snare drum, for free (lucky timing). It needs a good cleaning, new heads/wires.

You're right, those FFS lugs can break. I used to own a 90's 14x5 Maple FF, MIT one, had it for over 20 years, was great. I did break two lugs on it over the years, just from over tightening too much. These are great drums though. I'm not usually a MIT guy, but those early Pearl ones are solid, imo.

I also used to have one of the first Pearl FFS snares, a MIJ version, 14x6.5 Steel...it was great as well. Very well built.

I've been deciding if I'm going to polish my brass shell as well. It looks in solid shape, so might just give it a cleaning and be done with it. I know these shells have a protective lacquer finish, you can remove that, polish up the raw shell, and reapply new lacquer. An option.

Enjoy your drum.
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Old 05-29-2018, 09:50 AM
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Thanks Trilok. Any idea about its value?
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