DW Performance vs. Pearl Session Studio Select

OliverATX

Active Member
All,

Thank you again for helping us during the arduous decision process on selecting the right drum set for my son. Ultimately, it was obviously his call and he went with the Tama Walnut/Birch.

Tama had unbelievable lead times coming out of Covid, so we just received everything 3 weeks ago- Crazy!

However, the wait was certainly worth it. The set is fantastic. I am super impressed by the hardware build quality and the sonic qualities are superb. Especially the kick drum is phenomenal. It has so much depth, body and punch and is soooo low- just fantastic!! It sounds like the Mapex Mars after being amp'd :LOL:. The toms sound awesome as well. All in all a world of a difference to his Mapex Mars set- and it should be, given the price.

In addition, I think it was a good call on his end to go with the Vintage Marine Pearl, rather than Clown Vomit :LOL: It will stand the test of time more favorably.

Either way, since ya'll were so helpful and patient, I figure I share some photos of our new pride and joy....

Best and thank you again!

Oliver
 

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bud7h4

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I am super impressed by the hardware build quality and the sonic qualities are superb. Especially the kick drum is phenomenal. It has so much depth, body and punch and is soooo low- just fantastic!! It sounds like the Mapex Mars after being amp'd

When I bought my first Tama (SC Maple) I was immediately impressed with the kick. As soon as I unboxed it I put a pedal up to it and gave it a kick and laughed out loud at how good it sounds. I read a comment once someone posted that Tama "doesn't know how to make a bad kick drum".

That's a beautiful finish, the Vintage Marine Pearl.
 

OliverATX

Active Member
When I bought my first Tama (SC Maple) I was immediately impressed with the kick. As soon as I unboxed it I put a pedal up to it and gave it a kick and laughed out loud at how good it sounds. I read a comment once someone posted that Tama "doesn't know how to make a bad kick drum".

That's a beautiful finish, the Vintage Marine Pearl.

Exactly the same reaction here. When he put up the kick and connected the pedal and hit it for the first time, I was like.....WHHHAAATT? :)

The difference is unbelievable. The entire kit sounds full and rich and deep and warm. We are extremely happy. Even my wife who is normally not much involved in the details of this gave unprompted feedback how great the set sounds.

And going to the kick, it almost sounds as if there is a lot more sound pressure coming from it. Its a real guttural thump.
 

OliverATX

Active Member
a stick holder tube
Well, sommamabitch. I was thinking it was gonna be some new contraption I hadn't seen before.

Yupp, as calan said- stickholder.

Everything is pretty standard fare. There is one "contraption" that you have not seen before, which is the mic holder under the Hi-Hat. I am experimenting with that. May not be the most ideal position, but is convenient. Need to get some recordings to make the call.

Other than that I can only recommend the 9" aluminum photography tripod stand with the 80" boom arm addition. For $80 total it's hard to find another 9 ft solution with 80" reach for overhead mics that is that inexpensive and stable.

And finally, I love the angled mini boom arms for the drum mics. Really gets the mic close without being in the way and without being connected to the rim. And inexpensive as well (although you need to add a clamp to the cost)
 

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mattmc3287

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Yupp, as calan said- stickholder.

Everything is pretty standard fare. There is one "contraption" that you have not seen before, which is the mic holder under the Hi-Hat. I am experimenting with that. May not be the most ideal position, but is convenient. Need to get some recordings to make the call.

Other than that I can only recommend the 9" aluminum photography tripod stand with the 80" boom arm addition. For $80 total it's hard to find another 9 ft solution with 80" reach for overhead mics that is that inexpensive and stable.

And finally, I love the angled mini boom arms for the drum mics. Really gets the mic close without being in the way and without being connected to the rim. And inexpensive as well (although you need to add a clamp to the cost)
I have actually seen the hi hat clamp before. This guy tobines on YouTube uses one and his recordings sound phenomenal. So hopefully, you will find a way to make it work. LOVE the setup for overheads and tom mics. Very cool!
 
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