Pearl Reference?


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What's the scoop on Pearl's Reference kit? Would it work well for jazz? I know the edges are a rounded 45 degrees, so I imagine this would help with getting a good bebop tuning range.

Any pros or cons about the Reference?

Just wondering if investing in this kind of a kit is worth it (vs. a Ludwig Legacy Classic or a Noble & Cooley).

wy yung

I have had loads of experience with Reference series drums. For Jazz? I do not recommend them. Too heavy. You'd be better off with a masters. Or better yet a thin shelled Starclassic maple, Ludwig Classic or a Gretsch USA.

The Reference series is also a bit hit and miss. You have to search for a good one.