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Founded in 1946 Pearl started out as a music stands company but quickly moved in to making drum shells. Originally Pearl were making shells for over 30 different companies however by the 1960's they decided to make shells exclusively for themselves under the name Pearl. Pearl are a brand who have enjoyed equal success in both the entry, middle range and professional drum markets. In 1995 they celebrated making their one millionth Export kit and the Export series remains the best selling kit in the world.

In the 1980's Pearl enjoyed a rise to fame in the professional drum arena with their DLX, BLX, MLX and Custom Z professional level drums. High profile artists such as Jeff Porcaro who also collaborated with Pearl on the square DR-1 rack, Omar Hakim, Tico Torres, Dennis Chambers, Tommy Lee, Art Blakey and Steve White to name a few helped to put Pearl on a vast variety of musical maps not to mention MTV across the globe.

Other drum innovations from Pearl have included the Free Floating snare drum which remains a firm favourite (still in production), the Masterworks and Reference series kits propelled Pearl in to custom shell options offering drummers hybrid wood designs, size specific shell combinations and multiple ply and bearing edge choices. Recently Pearl reintroduced the beloved session series which has been a firm favourite with serious players looking for high quality and for a great price. The companies flagship Masters series drums have now been in production with various shell recipes for over 25 years.