My 1992 Pearl Export "Restoration" Project

diegobxr

Silver Member
My 1992 Pearl Export "Restoration" Project (Update: Hi-Res Pics!!)

NOTE: HI-RES PICS OF THE FINAL RESULTS ON POST #14
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Hi everybody, just wanted to share with you my latest drum purchase and little project.

A few days ago I bought an early 90's Pearl Export in pretty bad shape and for real cheap. According to the seller, he bought it in 1992.

The kit is a 5-piece: 22"x16", 12"x10", 13"x11", 16"x16" in black wrap, with a steel 14"x6,5" snare. Shells are 9-ply (8-ply Mahogany with an inner Birch ply).

This is how I bought it: Wrap full of dings and scratches. Hoops, rods and all chrome full of rust and pitting. Destroyed heads. And above all things... lots and lots of of dirt.. This kit definitely looks like it was played a lot.








Looks pretty banged up, doesn't it?
Well.. I decided this needed a good cleaning so I started disassembling everything.





After a lot of unscrewing.. I finally stripped the shells from all their hardware, and cleaned and polished the wrapped finish.






Then came the hardest part... removing all the rust and polishing all the chromed parts as much as I could. Hoops, snare, rods and lugs.




Disassembled every single lug, cleaned it and polished it inside out. Used WD-40 on all the rod receivers to clean, lubricate and prevent future corrosion. These are just the snare lugs:



After I finished with all the hardware, I waxed the bearing edges and the inside of the shells, in an attempt to "seal" them. After doing this, you could really notice how much more smooth they were.
(In this pic you can also see how the wrap shine changed) ;)




When I was done with that, I started putting the shells back together..




..And finally re-assembled the kit with fresh heads.

NOTE: HI-RES PICS OF THE KIT FINISHED ON POST #14






The next day.. I got a Pearl logo for the bass drum reso, and put the rack tom on a cymbal stand for better positioning (sorry for the crappy cellphone pics).








The final upgrades I want to make are: wood hoops for the bass drum, a white reso, and an Optimount for the rack tom.

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And that's it !!! :)

It was quite a lot of work but it was also a lot of fun. I know the pics are kinda crappy but at least you get the idea.

About the kit: I must say I gained a lot of respect for it. It is an old begginer drumset but I must say I'm impressed by it's quality. All the shells are nice, round and solid. Bearing edges aren't smooth as silk but they're not terrible either, at least they're flat. After some cleaning, all the lugs and hardware became shiny again, the chrome didn't die beneath all that dirt, and all the floor tom legs and rack tom holders are solid as a rock.

I'm running coated Emps over Remo UT Ambassadors on the toms and an Evans EQ3 (wow, great head!) over EQ3 reso on the bass drum.

This is not the easiest kit to tune but after some fiddling I must say I got them sounding pretty damn nice, really. The toms sound big and lively and the bass drum has a long, deep sustain to it.

I'm definitely keeping these. They are solid drums, have a classic look, they were cheap, they sound good, they get the job done and I don't have to worry about taking them out and sharing them. They can take the abuse. ;)

I hope you enjoyed this thread and didn't get too bored. Thanks a lot for reading. :)

Cheers!!

Diego
 
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sticks4drums

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Looks great! Nice little project that didn't cost you much.
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
Good for you. The drums came "cheap" enough to you ... a little bit of elbow grease ... and bam ... you got yourself a great little kit to gig with. That kit looks like it's ready to tear up the clubs for another 20 years, now.​
 

THC

Senior Member
Fantastic!! They look great.

I was thinking of doing a similar project as soon as I get a few hundred bucks I can invest.

I enjoy working on drums as much as playing them....almost.

Nice job!!
 
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mediocrefunkybeat

Guest
I did something very similar a couple of years ago. I was given an older Export (without the long lugs) in silver that was in a bad state after being stored in an attic. Sadly the owner had died and his wife gave me the kit. I had to take the wrap off and I restored the 16", 10" and 12" toms into a small kit to take to University. I still have the rest of the shells around in another room waiting for me to do something with them!

They're a good set of drums. I really like the Export line. They were the first kit I ever played (at school - identical to your's) and I think that's true of a lot of people my age and younger. I think they do reserve a lot of respect as instruments. They're great.
 

diegobxr

Silver Member
Looks great! Nice little project that didn't cost you much.
Thanks a lot, man, I appreciate it. Did you see those Pearl tom arms? They're really nice, aren't they?? Haha. :)

Good for you. The drums came "cheap" enough to you ... a little bit of elbow grease ... and bam ... you got yourself a great little kit to gig with. That kit looks like it's ready to tear up the clubs for another 20 years, now.​
Thanks Harry, for the meantime, I plan to keep them, and yes, I'm sure they can last another 20 years (unless they have an accident, of course).

looks great enjoy! A++++++++++++++++++++++++ job
Thanks a lot man, and welcome to Drummerworld. :)

Fantastic!! They look great.

I was thinking of doing a similar project as soon as I get a few hundred bucks I can invest.

I enjoy working on drums as much as playing them....almost.

Nice job!!
Hey THC, thanks for the compliments. Yes, I think this is a nice project. You don't need to spend a lot and you end up with an instrument in perfect condition and with the pride and joy of knowing you did it yourself. :)

I did something very similar a couple of years ago. I was given an older Export (without the long lugs) in silver that was in a bad state after being stored in an attic. Sadly the owner had died and his wife gave me the kit. I had to take the wrap off and I restored the 16", 10" and 12" toms into a small kit to take to University. I still have the rest of the shells around in another room waiting for me to do something with them!

They're a good set of drums. I really like the Export line. They were the first kit I ever played (at school - identical to your's) and I think that's true of a lot of people my age and younger. I think they do reserve a lot of respect as instruments. They're great.
Yeah man, they're definitely good drums. I thought about taking the wrap off these but decided not to. After all, the wrap looks pretty good, black is a nice colour and above all things, it serves its purpose of protecting the shells.

You should go to that room of yours, get those shells out and do something with them.

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In other news... Today I brought home a brand new Pearl Sensitone Elite Aluminum, 14"x5". Wow, what a lovely snare!!! A poor man's Ludwig LM400, haha. :D

I'll post pics when I get my camera back.

Cheers!!
 

toddy

Platinum Member
i really like the look of exports when they're done up
it's like a VW golf with a bodykit
 
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mediocrefunkybeat

Guest
i really like the look of exports when they're done up
it's like a VW golf with a bodykit
Not sure I like the look of a Golf with a body kit! A Mark 1 - pristine with the original chin spoiler, on the other hand...
 

Cameo

Gold Member
The first kit I played on was also a set of Exports. My school had two of 'em. One red and ugly in the music, and one in a building nearby. The last one was in a beauiful walnut/cherry stain (though tuned horribly).

Nice kit. They're able to sound good if you want. :)
 

?uesto

Silver Member
That's awesome, dude! I have the same drums. Same year, finish, and sizes. I've started the same thing. Heads and hardware are all off. I wanted to get it done before school starts back up again, but it'll be a while before I can resume.
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
Yep, brings back memories for me too. My first kit....well, not first kit, but the first kit I bought with my own money. Around '90/'91 from memory. Same specs with the long lugs just like yours, although the snare was slightly different. It served me well for many years.

The wooden kick hoops are a good move too. It's amazing how much weight two metal 22" hoops add to the drum. It's come up great mate. Looks like new....enjoy!!
 

diegobxr

Silver Member
Re: My 1992 Pearl Export "Restoration" Project (Update: Hi-res pics!!!)

Hey guys, thanks a lot for your comments, I really appreciate them. :)

?uesto, please be sure of post your results too when you refurbish your kit!! ;)

Little update: Today my girlfriend brought her nice camera and we took some better photos, just for you guys, haha. Here they are:

Some cymbals and my new baby, a Pearl Sensitone Elite Aluminum.






This is how that rusted snare I bought ended up after a lot of elbow grease.




And here's she is, breathing new life !! :)















Kit specs:
1992 Pearl Export
22"x16", 13"x11", 16"x16"

Cymbals (All Zildjian)
14" A Mastersound Hihats
18" A Medium Thin Crash
20" K Ride
20" A Custom EFX


Hope you like it !!! :)

Cheers!!
 
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Cameo

Gold Member
I just have to ask since you're from South America. Is it hard to get drum related stuff over there and is it expenisve?

Must be awesome playing outside... but are your neighbours okey with that, haha? :D
 

pearlygates

Gold Member
Great kit there! Looks like the 1990 EX. 9 ply shells (8 = Philippine mahogany + 1 inner ply birch) These and the early 1990s Export Pro with the same shell lay up..(to me) are the best EX kits Pearl made hands down! Great looking kit and I love the clean minimalist set up!!

Here's a shot of my ol 1990 Export.. -kicking my own butt for selling it!

 
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diegobxr

Silver Member
I just have to ask since you're from South America. Is it hard to get drum related stuff over there and is it expenisve?

Must be awesome playing outside... but are your neighbours okey with that, haha? :D
Hi man, yes, it's a lot more expensive than in the US, and we don't have access to all you guys have.
I guess it's not that bad, I mean, all my kits, cymbals and snares I got them here, so there's some availability, but yeah, the prices are really high. :/

Playing outside is really awesome, everything sounds much better than in my room, but of course I only do it for maybe 2 minutes, haha.

Great kit there! Looks like the 1990 EX. 9 ply shells (8 = Philippine mahogany + 1 inner ply birch) These and the early 1990s Export Pro with the same shell lay up..(to me) are the best EX kits Pearl made hands down! Great looking kit and I love the clean minimalist set up!!

Here's a shot of my ol 1990 Export.. -kicking my own butt for selling it!

Thanks a lot man. You're right, this kit is a 9-ply Mahogany-Birch, and I also think they're probably the best Exports. Who knows, maybe in 10 or 15 years time these will be collectors' items! :p

Your kit looked awesome, I love that colour, it reminds me of a Yamaha Recording Custom. Did it come with those wood hoops or did you change them?

Cheers!!
 
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