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Pearl forum Standard 5-Piece (Discontinued 2004 Model)   

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Everything you need, just set it up and play! All the drums and hardware including boom stand and kick pedal, Perimeter EQ bass drumheads, cymbals, t...Click To Read More About This Product

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A complete quality kit that'll serve you for years without putting you in debt.

Everything you need, just set it up and play! All the drums and hardware including boom stand and kick pedal, Perimeter EQ bass drumheads, cymbals, throne, drumsticks, and set up video.

FEATURES
  • 22" x 16" bass
  • 12" x 10" and 13" x 11" toms
  • 16" x 16" floor tom
  • 5-1/2" x 14" wood snare
  • All double-braced stands
  • Belt-drive, Power Pro Pedal
  • Dual tom holders
  • 18" Pearl crash/ride and 14" hi-hat cymbals

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4.5

(based on 135 reviews)

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Pearl Drums can make some AMAZING drumsets...but I wouldn't really call the Forum Series amazing. It is a pretty nice drumset for the price, but you really need to know what you're...Read complete review

Pearl Drums can make some AMAZING drumsets...but I wouldn't really call the Forum Series amazing. It is a pretty nice drumset for the price, but you really need to know what you're doing to get the best out of it. Before you even touch the set, I suggest that you first go out and buy new heads for the top AND bottom of the drums, except for the snair, which you should just buy a new head for the top. I would recommend either Remo Pinstripes with Aquarian Studio Rings for the toms, and a Remo Ambassador Coated Snare head for the snare. For the bass drum, I would recommend getting a Remo Ebony Pinstripe head and one of those power dot things. And unless you pack the bass drum with blankets and sheets, expect something that sounds like a dying cat. The next issue is the cymbols. They are simply horrible. In other reviews of the set or the cymbols themselves, some people might say "cool trashy dark sound" or something like that. Don't listen to them. The cymbols are crap. Go for some nice Sabian AAX's or something. The last complaint I have with this set it the tom mounts. This might just be me, but I like my toms close together so i can reach from one to the other with ease. And unless you like your toms almost totally vertical, you'll have to move the drums apart quite a bit. I would suggest getting some clamps, and mounting the toms on either side of the bass drum from cymbol stands. Well, once you've bought everything you need to make this drumset sound good, it will prove itself worthy of most drummers specifications. As for the people with lots of cash, go for a Tama Rockstar or something of that set, or even a good maple set, like the Pearl Masters or Tama Starclassic, or if you can afford it, a DW. But, all in all, this set is OK.

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Music is my life and its always been that way,but my parents wasnt sure if I was serious about drumming, I knew I was but didnt care just wanted a kit. So I...Read complete review

Music is my life and its always been that way,but my parents wasnt sure if I was serious about drumming, I knew I was but didnt care just wanted a kit. So I wasnt aloud to "know" or have much say into what kind they got but i told them to get a black pearl set and thats what they got me. Since it is a beginners set it does lag lots of features for example: the tom arms going into the shell is a BIG no no you just may find that out the hard way. everything else is crap too the bering edges on my snare were flat on two sides. The bottom line is if you know you are serious go for a maple kit the differance is huge try mabe pacific cx,mx, or lx trust me you wont be dissapointed with it. I got the cx silver sparkle last week and it sounds great! so save the cash for something better. and if my post doesn't inspire you then atleast do yourself a favor and get the forum fusion cause rock sizes simply suck.

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5.0

not a bad set

By BluE PhEoNiX

from scott air force base IL.

this is a pretty darn good drumset for the price. i started playing a few months ago and in the short time i have been playing i have sampled quite a few drumsets. but i have to say i'm really impressed with this one. the heads that come on the drums are pretty decent, although you might want to switch them out for some pinstripes. the bass pedal isn't horrible, but it isn't as good as the 1000 series. so you might want to save up for a new one. the hi-hat stand is awsome. and the boom stand is satisfactory as well. although i do recommend buying some new cymbals (the hi-hats are horrible) the crash ride is very versatile, but you shouldn't hit it too hard because it dents really easily (i'm a very hard hitter). the throne is very comfortable and versatile as well. all in all this is an awesome drumset.

 
5.0

very happy with this kit

By grillmanat501

from bristol, RI

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i got the pearl formum kit for my b-day from my wife.i have had it for about a yaer and it os by far the best kit i've every played

 
5.0

Nice Set

By Joey21

from boston

i just got this set and it is very nice. Everything is great except for the sucky cymbals and get some new heads. other than that, great set.

 
2.0

not too good

By mr hahn stalker

from Ohio

the shells are ok, but the cymbals and heads aren't at all doable

 
5.0

Get 'em

By Drummer4God-T3Xsd

from Savannah, Ga

I have been playing for 9 months. I broke the snare head playing heavy one day, so I replaced the heads with Remo Emperor 2 ply, and Remo pinstripe 2 ply on the toms. The drums sound great! The stands stink, because I had to replace the boom stand after 6 months (but it was replaced under Pearl's 3yr warranty. I added a new swivel high hat stand, a better boom stand, and a straight stand, added Sabian AAX, HHX, and HH high hats, and this kit sounds great. Cowbells are coming for Christmas. I play at different Churches every sunday. So it travels well. I would however recommend drum bags and hardware bags. Moving can get tedious sometimes. Great price, needs some upgrading, but worth it. BTW, for the drummer who plays a lot, use the Zildjian dipped drumsticks! They stay no matter how sweaty your palms get!

 
5.0

Live-to-drum

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have been playing for about 3 years dedicated and I was playing on an export set, that sounded great..but I wanted a new set and was on a tight budget, and went with the forum. This is a great kit, but you will want to new hi-hat and crash ride and add another cymbol or two.( the original ride/crash and hi-hats will dent on you if youre a hard hitter) I prefer sabian and zildjian. I see where others say the snare sucks but if you tune it right it sounds excellent. and of course add a double bass pedal..If you like double bass drumming or add another double bass...this kit is NOT JUST FOR BEGINNERS, it will serve experienced drummers well live, practicing and recording!! I play everyday,either just solo or with my band...After you wear the heads out, or if you cant get that sound you need replace them....I did and it sounds great for my music, which is heavy metal, alternative rock, grunge rock from the 90s and even a little country. you can't go wrong with set.

 
5.0

great price! great set!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this set is definitely a great beginnner's set. Just take a few careful minutes to tune the toms and they sounds awesome. However, the bass drum completely blew me away. All it needs is one of those REMO heads with the muffling rings and beater patch and it sounds like a professional bass drum. The snare is cool, too. It sounds warm and full-bodied and has great attack. Plus, it has no annoying "ping" sounds. All it needs are some new cymbals. You can get some Zildjians if you want, but if you really want some great, professional-sounding cymbals, get some SABIANS. Any sabians, they all sound great!

 
4.0

Good Beginner Set

By matt202

from Michigan

This was my first drumset and so I don't have much to compare it to but from what I've seen it's a pretty good set, except that you need another cymbal and maybe some different heads. Besides that, it's fairly good. I would recommend this for a beginner.

 
5.0

great sounding.durable.great hardware.needs heads

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Great drumset w/excellent durability and sound. Pearl makes great hardware. The heads r crap though and the cymbals r so-so. Great for beginners.

 
3.0

Forum series owner

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've had this set for almost three years, haven't had to replace anything. the toms are worn, and the snare coat wears through a lot of play, but this a nice set to start of with, or to build off of. Add a double bass, a cymbal package, and you're good to go. Tone foam is necessary for the toms, they resonate a lot, but it's a nice set.

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