DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM   

Go Back   DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM > Drum Gear > Drums

Drums All about Drums and Drum Kits

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-13-2010, 11:42 AM
ucla_phil ucla_phil is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 20
Default Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

Hi any Pearl experts out there who can verify whether or not this is a 1950s pearl kit? thanks

Name:  pearl 1.jpg
Views: 4586
Size:  7.2 KB

Name:  pearl 2.jpg
Views: 3476
Size:  7.4 KB

Name:  pearl 3.jpg
Views: 1955
Size:  7.5 KB
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-13-2010, 04:09 PM
sqadan's Avatar
sqadan sqadan is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 358
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

I suppose it could be... close up pictures of the lugs and other hardware would be helpful though.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-13-2010, 06:09 PM
rogue_drummer's Avatar
rogue_drummer rogue_drummer is offline
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Fort Worth
Posts: 1,358
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

The rail tom holder on the bass drum looks from that era. Back then I believe Japanese Pearl kits copied everything from their American counterparts, so this makes sense. The bass drum spurs look vintage from that era also. If I had to guess, the bass drum is 20", the ride tom is 12 x 8 (at most 13 x 9), and the floor tom is 14 x 14 from the pics. The snare looks standard 14" x 51/2 inches. The pearl covering makes sense for that era as well.

I own a vintage Pearl kit purchased by my parents in 1972 when I was 11 years old and this kit looks about the same as mine except mine is blue sparkle and came with a Pearl chrome snare. Otherwise, it's vintage Pearl I would imagine.
__________________
I don't aim to be the best, just the best looking.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-14-2010, 12:45 AM
Aeolian's Avatar
Aeolian Aeolian is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Santa Cruz CA
Posts: 2,013
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

It never occured to me that they might be making drums that far back. I don't know how you would tell the difference from one made in the '60s. From what I remember back then, until you get into the '70s, Pearl drums where like Tesico guitars. Cheap stuff that sorta looked like American made instruments, but light years away in quality and tone.

Somehow, the vintage craze has spilled over and all this cheap junk we hated back in the '60s has somehow become hip and fetchs prices several times what they sold for new.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-14-2010, 01:01 AM
con struct's Avatar
con struct con struct is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Lumpen post-industrial district
Posts: 2,071
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

My first drum kit was a Stewart kit, puchased from the Sear's catalog in 1967. I understand that those drums were being marketed by the Pearl company in those days. Could this be set of Stewart drums?
__________________
Call me J
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-14-2010, 01:07 AM
bobdadruma's Avatar
bobdadruma bobdadruma is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: second measure of a fill-in
Posts: 11,292
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

It is a gorgeous looking kit! Definitely old, I love both the color, and the finish! Can you share more info about its history?
Perhaps some larger, and also close up photos would also help.
Are there serial numbers or any other markings on the drums?
__________________
I kind of like old drums:)
Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2010, 01:09 AM
Pocket-full-of-gold
This message has been deleted by Pocket-full-of-gold.
  #7  
Old 05-14-2010, 07:18 AM
harryconway's Avatar
harryconway harryconway is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
Posts: 9,828
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

Chances are it's a 60's era kit, not 50's. Pearl opened it's big factory in 1961, and it's first professional kit, the President Series, came out in 1966.
__________________
This seat does not recline as per Federal Aviation Regulation 121.310 (f)(3)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-14-2010, 08:32 AM
ucla_phil ucla_phil is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 20
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

oh its not my kit. I was just surprised at how clean and new it looks for being a 1958 set according to the ad. the seller was asking 400$ for the kit btw.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-14-2010, 11:22 AM
Bernhard's Avatar
Bernhard Bernhard is offline
Founder Drummerworld
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Riehen - Basel - Switzerland
Posts: 2,221
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

As i remember:

During the sixties there were many local drummanufacturers in Europe because the "real deal" Ludwig and Rogers were much too expensive due to the Dollar exchange rate.

Then during the second half of the sixties the first very crappy cheap and really low quality drums came from Japan - comparable to todays chinese children toy drums appearing everwhere.

It was only in the late seventies - when parallely US manufacturers went down with wood and hardware quality - that the Nippon Drums became really a worthy alternative - like motorcycles and cars.

So a Japanese drumset from the 50'ties: i don't think, that this existed...

Bernhard
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-06-2015, 04:19 AM
drumsagogo drumsagogo is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 4
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

a look at the badge would answer that; Pearl were making drums in the 1950s, check out the following link: http://www.vintagedrumguide.com/pearl_badges.html

unfortunately no catalogue available or info about what sort of wood was used; apparently very thin shells though
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 05-06-2015, 02:07 PM
sumdrumguy sumdrumguy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Posts: 125
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

Nice looking kit!

A Google image search led me to this thread on the Pearl Drum Forum. Based on comments there, this kit is definitely 1960's.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-06-2015, 02:21 PM
opentune's Avatar
opentune opentune is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 5,906
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

Umm, ok guys, this dude was asking nearly 5 years ago. I think he's long gone.
Upper left shows post date.
__________________
Louis
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-06-2015, 05:08 PM
gdmoore28's Avatar
gdmoore28 gdmoore28 is offline
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 1,154
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

That kit looks identical to the 1965 Kent drum set that my parents bought me. Same wrap, and, as near as I can see, the same lugs, tom mount, and BD legs. I have no idea who manufactured the Kent drums, but except for the BD legs it was well made, sounded quite nice, and I played them for many years. Unless there are markings showing otherwise, I would date these from the sixties, not the fifties, as Japanese sets of decent quality did not appear on the market until the popularity of the Beatles.

GeeDeeEmm
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-06-2015, 06:02 PM
tamadrm tamadrm is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 5,849
Default Re: Does this look like a 1950s Pearl drum set to you guys?

Quote:
Originally Posted by opentune View Post
Umm, ok guys, this dude was asking nearly 5 years ago. I think he's long gone.
Upper left shows post date.
Thank you.He last signed on in 2011.:)

Steve B
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off




All times are GMT +2. The time now is 04:40 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Bernhard Castiglioni's DRUMMERWORLD.com