Built from Premium Wood for Premium Pearl Tones
With the Reference Series, Pearl sets out create a shell pack where each individual drum is crafted from the woods that will provide that drum with its optimal sound. The Reference Series' 10" tom shell is a 2-ply birch/4-ply maple combination, while the 12" tom shell is entirely maple. For a bigger low frequency response, the 16" tom is a 4-ply mahogany/2-ply maple configuration, and the kick sports 6-ply mahogany/2-ply maple construction. Sweetwater knows you're serious about tone, and the Reference Series from Pearl will deliver.Pearl Reference Series at a Glance:
- Maple shells with birch or mahogany inner plies for optimal sound from each drum
- Superior Shell Technology for tone, resonance, and strength
- Premium drum hardware
Maple shells with birch or mahogany inner plies and crafted for optimal sound from each drum
Each drum in a shell pack is fundamentally different than the other drums. A tom has a different sound than a kick drum, thus different woods are needed to get the best sound out of each drum. 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, all Reference Series 12" toms are composed of 6 plies of maple — the only single wood shell in the series. Reference Series 10" and 8" toms receive four plies of maple with two inner plies of birch for cut and attack. For maximum response, all 13" and smaller toms have a rounded 45-degree bearing edge.
Beginning with the 13" tom and larger, mahogany is added to the inner plies to increase the lower frequencies and accentuate the warmth of the Maple. The 14" toms and larger begin using Pearl's fully rounded bearing edge for even more shell contact. Pearl's 22" bass drums incorporate six inner plies of Mahogany surrounded by two outer plies of maple for the ultimate in solid responsive bass frequencies.
Superior Shell Technology produces optimal tone, resonance, and strength
The Reference Series features Pearl's Superior Shell Technology, 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.
Premium drum hardware
Reference Series drums feature Pearl's MasterCast Die-Cast Hoops, ultra-lightweight OptiMount Suspension System and Bridge-Type Masters Lugs. This means the Reference Series drums are among the highest quality drums in the Pearl line, with premium hardware to match the exquisite woods used for the shells.
- 4-piece shell pack with 18" x 22" Bass, 8" x 10" Tom, 9" x 12" Tom, and 16" x 16" Floor Tom
- "Best of Masterworks" Shell Material
- Maple Shells with Birch or African Mahogany inner plies
- BRL Bridge Lugs w/Swivel Function
- LB-200 Bridge FT Leg Brackets
- LG-200 Floor Tom Legs
- SP-300 Spurs
- MasterCast Die Cast Hoops
- Aluminum OptiMount Tom Holders
- Stainless Steel Tension Rods
- Molded Rubber Gaskets
- Remo Clear Emperor Tom Batters
- Remo Clear Powerstroke3 BD Batter
- Super High Gloss
- Lacquer/Lacquer Sparkles/Ultra-Exotic Covering
- Chrome Hardware
- NOTE: OptiMount tom mounting system requires tom holders (sold separately).