pearlPearl, manufactured by the Pearl Instrument Company, are the most widely used drum kits today, and are among the most widely copied models among drum manufacturers.

Katsumi Yanagisawa, the founder of the Pearl Company, started in 1946 in Tokyo, Japan. He did not start out by making Pearl Drums, but only music stands.

In 1966, the Pearl Company introduced the first professional drum kit under the Pearl name, the “Pearl President.” Until then, Pearl Drums were sold under their distributors’ labels. Pearl then became the first Japanese drum brand to enter the United States and the UK.

The boom in Japanese manufacturing increased the cost of production in Japan, and in 1973, the Pearl Company moved a great deal of its manufacturing operations to Taiwan. Today, Pearl Drums are manufactured in the United States, Taiwan, and Japan, with the corporate headquarters in Chiba, Japan.

The Official Pearl Website


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Anders Johansson – Yngwie Malmsteen
AndrĂ© Mattos – Trazendo a Arca
Ben Johnston – Biffy Clyro
Chad Smith – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Chuck Burgi – Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Meat Loaf
Colin Newton – Idlewild
Daniel Erlandsson – Arch Enemy
Eric Singer – KISS
Ian Paice – Deep Purple
James Kottak – Kingdom Come
Joey Jordison – Slipknot
John Bradbury – The Specials
Michael Cartellone – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Michael Thomas – Bullet for My Valentine
Mike Mangini – Dream Theater
Mike Wengren – Disturbed
Nick Menza – Megadeth
Ray Luzier – Korn
Sam Chase – Feedback
Shinya – Dir en Grey
Shinya Yamada – Luna Sea
Steven Adler – Guns n’ Roses
Todd Sucherman – Styx
Tommy Lee – Motley Crue

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