NAMM 2019 – Pearl Press Release

Pearl Puts Sound At The Forefront With New Masters Maple/Gum Series Drums

Introduced in 2017, Pearl’s Sonic Select Shell Recipes gave a performance-formula focus to the boutique-level Masterworks series. Though each sonically-tested option represents the very best in form and function, the Studio Recipe won the favor of many a Pearl Artist due to its explosive midrange warmth and extended low-end power.

Starting in 2019, the Studio Recipe will be available for a limited time as Masters Maple/Gum series drums. Available in a pre-selected offering of hand-lacquered and wrapped finishes, each will feature a vault-cured EvenPly-Six layered premium North American Maple and Gum wood shell with 60-degree edges, Mastercast Die-Cast hoops, and Pearl’s CL bridge lugs.

Make no mistake about it, Masters Maple/Gum is a Masterworks drum set,” states Pearl R&D Director Raymond Massey. “The only thing missing is the level of finish and hardware customization that comes with the Masterworks program. We’ve spent the last year sound-testing these drums to assure that the right combination of shell woods, hoops, and lugs was in the mix for an elite playing experience; and we couldn’t be prouder of the results!”

Available in Hand-Rubbed Satin Natural Maple (#189) Black Diamond Pearl (#421,) Matte White Marine (#422,) and Platinum Gold Oyster (#453,) Masters Maple Gum will be offered in two shell packs with a limited selection of component add-on drums.

  • Masters Maple/Gum 22”x16”/10”x07”/12”x08”/16”x16” Shell Pack (MMG924XSP/C) Suggested Selling Price: 2999,- EURO

  • Masters Maple/Gum 22”x16”/12”x08”/16”x16” Shell Pack (MMG924XSP/C) Suggested Selling Price: 2599,- EURO

Pearl Expands Modern Utility Snare Line with New 14”x10” Maple Floor Snare, Limited Edition

Pearl’s Modern Utility Snare drum line has been expanded to include one new Maple 14”x10” Floor Snare model as Limited Edition. “We developed the Modern Utility Snare Drum line to give the working drummer a wide range of high-performance models to choose from,” says Raymond Massey, Pearl’s Director of Research and Development. “Adding this 14”x10” Floor Snare model to the mix gives the player an even more modern and unique voice; with the same quality and value promise as the other models in the line.”

Limited Edition Modern Utility Maple 14”x10” Floor Snare (MUS1410FM/C220) in Satin Mahogany

Suggested Selling Price: 299,- EURO

Pearl’s ICON Support System Expands to Celebrate 35 Years of the Drum Rack

Developed in 1983 with legendary Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro, Pearl’s original DR-1 Drum Rack was the first free-standing, frame-based drum support system available. Today, in celebration of 35 years of pioneering the drum rack, Pearl’s ICON (short for Independent CONtrol,) Rack systems are being greatly expanded with a new selection of clamps and accessories.

All new pre-configured single and three-sided rack packages and individual ICON components have been upgraded to include a rotating support foot.

In addition, eight new accessory clamps have been developed for the slip-free ICON square rack rail and round support pipe; dramatically increasing the level of set-up flexibility and function variety. To showcase the possibilities of these new additions to the ICON cannon, Pearl will launch an online player resource and idea center of ICON Rack Recipes; featuring step-by-step instructions on how to get the most from existing and available Pearl Rack parts.

So many players see Rack building as not only a set-up option for drum and cymbals, but also a way to showcase their own individual visual style,” states Pearl Combo Marketing Manager, Kevin Packard. “The new Rack Recipe resource shows not only the possibilities we have found in our own in-house experiments, but will hopefully serve as inspiration for drummers and technicians to build and share their own ideas.”

New ICON Rack Systems and Parts include:

  • DR-110T: DR-511: DR-513: PCR-100: PCR-200: PCR-50X; PCR-200L: PCX-300: PCR-50L: PCR-50R: TLJ-200: AL86AC: AL103A:

Pearl and Keith McMillen Instruments introduce the K-Board Pro 4.

Pearl Corporation & Keith McMillen Instruments have announced their entry into the MPE (Midi Polyphonic Expression) keyboard controller market with the K-Board Pro 4. The K-Board Pro 4 is four- octave Midi keyboard controller based on the traditional look of a piano with multiple dimensions of touch sensitivity in each key. It sends attack velocity, release velocity, continuous pressure, horizontal position and vertical position data to offer the deepest level of musical expression.

I’m excited that Keith McMillen Instruments are bringing out the K-Board Pro 4, further expanding the next generation of expressive keyboard instruments! It’s a joy to play and their expertise in the field of sensor technology and delivering great musical products makes this instrument a guaranteed winner” said Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater.

This unique function is achieved by sending control messages to multiple midi channels, allowing the commands to be transmitted separately rather than the conventional method where the controls function globally, and the effects are unison. K-Board Pro 4 features KMI’s patented Smart Sensor Technology that is the core of all the KMI control surfaces. K-Board Pro 4 is USB powered and class compliant to ensure both portability and compatibility with MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, as well as MIDI capable hardware.

For more information on the K-Board Pro 4, please visit

Model # K919 Suggested Selling Price: 749,- EURO

Pearl Announces 3 New Elite Series Conga and Bongo Finish

Pearl’s Elite Series of congas and bongos offers the highest quality heads with polished Contour Crown rims and a choice of shell materials that include 100% Thai Oak, seamless Fiberglass or a blend of Oak/Fiber. New for 2019 Pearl is introducing three new lacquer finishes available on Oak Elite Series drums, #504 Mocha Burst, #506 Merlot Burst, and #510 Carmel Brown. #504 Mocha Burst features a high contract grain pattern over a rich mocha base finish bracketed by a deep brown burst. #506 Merlot Burst features a deep wine-red grain through finish complimented with a gloss black burst. #510 Carmel Brown focuses on the rich brown texture and grain of premium Thai Oak with a matte finish that appears to magnify the richness of the wood.

All Elite series conga finishes are available with matching bongos. For more information on Elite congas and bongos, please visit

Pearl Introduces New Primero Guiro Cowbell

Pearl’s new 8” Guiro Cowbell features sturdy steel construct designed to take a beating. When played as a cowbell, the ribbed side products a dryer tone and the opposite side produces a traditional open cowbell tone. The ribbed Guiro side features 9 parallel ridges that produce a ratchet sound when played like a traditional Guiro. All Pearl cowbells come with a self-adhesive rubber mute if you need to control the volume. The bell’s mounting bracket accepts a 3/8” post and black powder coated finish allow it to blend in, but its tone will get you noticed. The Primer Guiro cowbell is perfectly suited for traditional cowbell applications plus it can be played as a Guiro or for additional sound-effects.

For more information on Primero Guiro cowbell and other percussion instruments, please visit

Model Description Suggested Selling Price

PCB10GB Primero Guiro Cowbell 29,- EURO

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