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This outstanding Pearl Masterworks shell pack was used during a 2017 drum clinic and a 2019 Masterclass featuring Todd Sucherman.
Shell Pack Focus:
This amazing Masterworks Artisan Series Shell Pack uses a "Best of Masterworks" Reference Shell Material in the drums which is combination of task specific bearing edges and 3 time proven woods: Birch, Maple, and African Mahogany. Using Maple as a sole material has long been the traditional choice for shells and for good reason. Maple provides smooth, well balanced tone that is perfect for a 12" tom. Subsequently, this 12" tom is composed of 6 plies of Maple. The only single wood shell in the series. The 8" and 10" toms received 4 plies of Maple with 2 inner plies of Birch for cut and attack.
In the 14" and 16" floor toms, Mahogany was added to the inner plies to increase the lower frequencies and accentuate the warmth of the Maple. Both use fully rounded bearing edges for even more shell contact. The 22" bass drum incorporates an amazing 6 inner plies of Mahogany surrounded by 2 outer plies of Maple for the ultimate in solid responsive bass frequencies.
Included Shell Types:
Maple is a fine grain wood with a smooth even texture. This highly respected wood offers a very wide dynamic range with extremely well balanced acoustic properties. Rich lustrous lows, with an even balance of mid tones and high frequencies, have made this the all around accepted premium shell material for years in the acoustic drum industry. This mix of creamy warm resonant mid to high frequencies, balanced with the propensity for powerful bass response, makes it the logical choice for 12” toms, which also happens to be the only single wood shell in the series.
A straight grained wood with a fine, even texture, Birch is known for its strength and resilience. It provides a lively interior springboard for sound waves, which in turn creates a noticeable increase in the higher frequencies. This makes it the perfect interior for smaller tom-toms. Birch’s tightly bound network of cells also promotes a perfect balance of mid-range frequencies, with a smooth transition from the lower register to middle register. The 8” and 10” toms incorporate 2 inner plies of Birch for cutting attack and high frequency presence.
African Mahogany is a relatively “soft” hardwood that offers a dramatic boost in lower frequencies. This bass boost effect is most likely due to its loosely packed cellulose network, which creates a natural resonator effect in the lower frequencies. This predisposition for powerful lows makes it the logical choice for the interior of 13” and larger toms. All Reference Series bass drums utilize 4 to 6 inner plies of Mahogany to produce a noticeably present bass response, as well as a naturally smooth sonic transition into the mid-range frequencies.
Included Bearing Edges:
Round 45° Bearing
Full Round Bearing
Optimized Wood Thickness:
Lower frequencies require greater energy to equal the projection of the higher frequencies, requiring the larger diameter drums to be thicker than the smaller drums. Reference drum sets feature two very different shell thicknesses: 6 plies on rack toms and 8 plies on bass drums and floor toms, for incredibly balanced sound.
Pearl’s Superior Shell Technology utilizes a proprietary technique for achieving the ultimate air chamber. It begins with select woods chosen for their unique acoustic attributes, milled to precise thickness with overlapping scarf joint seams, for a perfect air-tight fit. The wood plies are saturated with Pearl’s proprietary “AcoustiGlue” that permeates every pore and dries to the exact consistency of the wood for optimum resonance. Finally, the plies are formed in high-temperature molds with 1000 PSI of hydraulic pressure to produce perfect drum shells that exhibit superior tone, optimal resonance and extreme strength.
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