Matt Bo Eder
When I got to hang with my Pearl guy after-NAMM for lunch, he did reveal (which isn't really a reveal) that Pearl we're going to encourage their higher-end kits upon the merchants. Which would be great. Just put some Reference Pure and Music City Custom kits in the stores and I think they'd sell themselves. I've always complained that stocking the GC's and Sam Ash's of the world with Exports did the brand no justice, but what does a corporation do when theyhave a hit on their hands since 1983?Pearl really needs to invest in marketing.
The reference shell concept is brilliant IMO. I would not hesitate if I found a used one locally but that never happens, which is a true testament to their owners satisfaction.
Had I kept my trusty sbx I owned for 20 years before buying then selling a dw performance, a ludwig legacy and a gretsch usa custom and in the end keeping a RC and a C&C PD2 I would have saved around 3000$ -and be no better nor worse off. I have had a busy 3 year shopping spree...
As for the infamous never-ever game, I can now say I do not plan on buying anything for which there is no local market. Getting stuck with an unloadable high end kit tends to suck big time and packaging and shipping to larger markets is a royal pita. I like my possessions to be as liquid as possible, because you never know.
I can say though I will never intentionally buy my last and forever kit. I love the hunt and will probably never tire of it. That is a decision I leave to the drumming gods.
This could be Pearls' new phase to get the high end drums out there, so that would be cool. I think the only time I saw high end Pearls on a store floor was at Pro Drum in Hollywood, but that doesn't really help Pearl since people who go to Pro Drum already know what's good.