Written on: 30/11/2009 by dguy (1 review written)
I have recently purchased a secondhand Pearl EX (export) wood snare drum. The drum is 5.5 inches deep in a basic black finish. Underneath the EX logo on the badge it says "export series drums" and underneath that it says "heat compression system shell". Okay now you know what i've bought,let me tell you what i have learned from 25 years drumming and living in the North East of England while visiting drum shops in the area for the best part of these years. ALL THIS TALK ABOUT EXPENSIVE WOODS IS RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK THE GUYS IN THE 50'S AND 60'S HAD? Most Guys used whatever equipment they could get their hands on and made it sound as good as possible through careful tuning and putting on the best heads that they could afford at the time. I paid a small amount of money for this poplar wood snare (NOT THAT I WOULD HAVE EVEN CARED ABOUT WHICH WOOD IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO) and i have a drum that to my ear sounds A1. I have put an Evans G2 coated on the top and left the factory snare head well alone.Tuned high it is amazing,Tuned low it is no way as good as my 6.5 supraphonic but still kicks ass. This is a great drum that sounds as good as many i have heard costing 5 or 6 times the price. The top and bottom of what i am trying to say is....
1- Do not let the drum companies fool you into thinking that the quality of the wood is all that matters .
2-Buy what you can afford and learn how to tune a drum.
3-Laugh at your mate whose top of the range kit sounds the same as yours if not worse but his credit card is maxxed out to the limit.
Hope this advice helps those younger drummers who spend too much time reading drum magazines instead of developing your own style of playing with what you have available.