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Pearl AshTone Wood Block

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This attractive wood block is made of very hard ash wood, so it produces a lot of volume at a low pitch. The AshTone percussion block also comes with...Click To Read More About This Product

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    For those who prefer the natural tone of wood in their blocks.

    This attractive wood block is made of very hard ash wood, so it produces a lot of volume at a low pitch. The AshTone percussion block also comes with a mounting clamp for mounting on any 3/8" post.


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    PearlAshTone Wood Block
     
    4.2

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound (8)
    • Responsive (7)
    • Huge tone (6)
    • Sensitive (5)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment (6)
    • Jazz clubs (5)
    • Small venues (5)
    • School bands (3)
    • Soundtracks (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Better than agogo, wood block, jam block

    I have been searching for years for a block sound that is dry, responsive, natural (woody), and pitched in a way that it won't be masked by other elements. Pearl got it...Read complete review

    I have been searching for years for a block sound that is dry, responsive, natural (woody), and pitched in a way that it won't be masked by other elements. Pearl got it right with this series, and offer it in three pitches, voiced similarly to agogo bells so that these can be used as part of a clave accompaniment.

    It is a shame that most vendors don't give accurate information on this series. Several responses below incorrectly identify this as the large block (PAB-100). This is in fact the PAB-50 medium block. I had to go to another vendor to order the PAB-20 small block, which just arrived and now gives me a nice agogo pair with the PAB-50 that I bought on this site last year. The PAB-100 is much lower pitched and wouldn't fit into as many contexts.

    Although I am using these as wooden agogo bells, I think their main intent is to be used as a more organic and warm alternative to those plastic jam blocks that have become so popular.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    revised review... small sweet spot

    I was all excited to get my wood block...and got a terrible sound from it but after futher review...I found you can produce a decent sound... but the sweet...Read complete review

    I was all excited to get my wood block...and got a terrible sound from it but after futher review...I found you can produce a decent sound... but the sweet spot is small...a 2 to 3 inch radius in the center of block... out by the edge...best sounds produced by hitting it with the side of the stick on edge of block...I still like one piece blocks better...but I wanted to give this product more of a fair review...and I use it today.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better than agogo, wood block, jam block

    By Mark Schmieder

    from Concord CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues
      • Soundtracks
      • Symphonies

      Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

      I have been searching for years for a block sound that is dry, responsive, natural (woody), and pitched in a way that it won't be masked by other elements. Pearl got it right with this series, and offer it in three pitches, voiced similarly to agogo bells so that these can be used as part of a clave accompaniment.

      It is a shame that most vendors don't give accurate information on this series. Several responses below incorrectly identify this as the large block (PAB-100). This is in fact the PAB-50 medium block. I had to go to another vendor to order the PAB-20 small block, which just arrived and now gives me a nice agogo pair with the PAB-50 that I bought on this site last year. The PAB-100 is much lower pitched and wouldn't fit into as many contexts.

      Although I am using these as wooden agogo bells, I think their main intent is to be used as a more organic and warm alternative to those plastic jam blocks that have become so popular.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      percussion add on

      By v wall

      from bird rock, ca

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

        ....this is a great sounding block. well made, well priced. get all three sizes for your kit...MF should show all 3...the PAB 50 is the middle one....

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice sound

        By SEA201

        from Seat

        About Me Experienced

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        Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

        Pretty good sound from this block. Nice loud "TOK." Wish the opening on the clamp was larger to fit larger mounts (won't fit on a Mapex tom arm, for example). Other than that, it's a well-made block.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Wood Block

        By Monday317

        from Pittsburgh, PA

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        Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

        I really like this one. Used to be they had a large and small, looks like Big P settled on just the large. Anyway, you can whack it a dozen different ways, and get a dozen different sounds from it. I know there are a lot of decent plastic blocks out there, and many who swear by them. This is just a really nice block I personally think is worth having, if you are going to use a woodblock on your kit. Built nice, looks nice, priced nice.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome block

        By Kin

        from Macon, GA

        Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

        I mounted this on my Djembe for accents... awesome, I have had so many complements at gig's because of the projection and sound of this block.I am using the Lo version, I don't have the other two, but am considering ordering them.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        revised review... small sweet spot

        By carvinbassman

        from Durango, Colorado

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

        I was all excited to get my wood block...and got a terrible sound from it but after futher review...I found you can produce a decent sound... but the sweet spot is small...a 2 to 3 inch radius in the center of block... out by the edge...best sounds produced by hitting it with the side of the stick on edge of block...I still like one piece blocks better...but I wanted to give this product more of a fair review...and I use it today.

         
        5.0

        Great product just what I was looking for.

        By Rick

        from Boynton Bach, Florida

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Jazz Clubs
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

          Incorporated into my routine.

           
          5.0

          Very nice

          By n/a

          from Florida

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment

            Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

            I like the size (large enough to be solid but not too large to fit comfortably among other accessories), nice clear solid sound and seems well built. Overall I really feel like this was a great purchase.

             
            5.0

            Perfect

            By Bert

            from N.J.

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone
            • Responsive
            • Sensitive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues
              • Soundtracks
              • Symphonies

              Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

              Better than any plastic jam block, two tones, tip of the stick and Side of the stick.

               
              5.0

              Aggressive sound

              By SPIDER

              from Ellensburg, WA.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Huge Tone
              • Responsive
              • Sensitive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Jazz Clubs
                • Large venues
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

                I was kind of skeptical at first because I am NOT a fan of things made by pearl...But, I have to admit this wood block cuts through the whole band and is small enough I had no problem mounting it on my set. It is aggressive while it can be sensitive. Adds a great accent to the music.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Mislabeled Product

                By Bard

                from Seattle

                About Me Experienced

                Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

                Despite the description saying this is a large, low tone block, it is actually the PAB50 medium sized middle tone block of the set. I purchased this thinking this was the low tone block and now I have a useless second PAB50. Not really worth returning after costs for shipping it back. Just a disappointment in a box.

                 
                5.0

                chock a block

                By jegler

                from The Basement

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

                    Sounds like a wood block to me. It's true to get the full "tock" sound you have to hit the sweet spot which is smaller than a synthetic block, but big deal. sounds good, looks good. would love if it would mount to a tom tom horn, but oh well.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very natural wood sound,great projection

                    By Pat

                    from Sonoma County.CA.

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    See all my reviews

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Huge Tone
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

                        Very solid projection...nice natural sound.

                         
                        1.0

                        poor sound

                        By carvinbassman

                        from Durango, Colorado

                        See all my reviews

                        Comments about Pearl AshTone Wood Block:

                        I was all excied to get my pearl wood block and played it and got a terrible sound out of it ...not wood blocky at all. Save you money and get a good block.

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