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Masters MCX features a 6-ply 100% select maple shell constructed using Pearl's exclusive Superior Shell Technology (SST) and carries a limited lifetime warranty. MCX delivers the same legendary Masters sound and the quality you've come to expect, including MasterCast die-cast hoops.
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I purchased the 5.5 x 14 in the Black Silk finish. It's a beautiful finish similar to a Transparent Black(Tama, etc). The snares are very responsive, die cast hoops, wide tuning range, quality....all at a great price. This snare drum is comparable to the Masters Premium or Tama Starclassic. The only main difference, besides finish options or hardware upgrades, would be focus rings. Pearl basically has offered a great maple snare, either 5.5 or 6.5 x 14, at a unbelievable price.
I got the 14x5.5 in satin black yesterday. I had wanted this snare for a while, but the sparkly colors didn't work for me. When satin black came out I ordered it immediately. First to me the satin black looks more like glossy dark brown especially in the light. I was expecting it to be a solid flat black color. It looks like it is painted in laquer and you can see the wood grain through it. Even though it didn't look like I was expecting it to, I kind of like it. I was worried it was going to sound thin but it has a powerful sound to it while also sensitive. The one thing I am baffled with is on the bottom side of the shell where the snare wires meet the side of the shell, the shell is actually shaved down on each side.I have no idea why Pearl does this as it makes it impossible to tune using the drum dial.I got good results by tuning the two lugs next to each snare wires at 78 and the rest at 82. You will never be able to get the ten lugs to have the same reading because of the shell being shaved down, giving the shell two different shapes. Besides this issue I would consider buying a complete set if it became available in satin black.
Recently purchased this drum in Lime Sparkle Fade, and even before I heard the drum it took my breath away. Then, after a head change (put one of those new Evans EC reverse dot heads)I set it up with my Starclassics, and this snare ROCKS! I have owned MANY snares, and this is on par with some of the best, and blows my Pork Pie(s) OUTTA THE WATER. Buy this drum before they make it 'spensive!
I purchased the 6.5"X14" Snare in Orange sparkle fade, and it is an excellent, deep maple snare. Another quality drum from Pearl and compliments my birch Vision kit very nicely. Great color, sound, hardware. It needs to be tweaked out of the box, but is worth every penny!
its a great snare drum!!! For the price you cant beat it...i have the lime green fade and its beautiful!!!
I got this snare five days ago, and couldn't really play it at all with my acoustic drumset since I live in an apartment complex. So I took it to my drum teacher's house today, and got to hear it sing out with a drumset. He super-tuned it for me. It is by far the best snare I have ever heard. When I played it in conjunction to his 600$ Ayotte snare, it sounded equal if not better in quality. This drum, when tuned decently, has an amazing personality, a great pop, and sounds amazing in both the lows or highs. On top of that, the finish (Black Sparkle Fade for me) is truly beautiful. The hardware and lugs operate very smoothly, and the whole thing itself is a work of art. I definitely think this drum is worth the price. Go for it!
This snare drum totally blew me away. It sounds so warm and has a great pop to it. I absolutely love the sound of maple and this drum is by far the best. Buy it!
This snare drum is absolutely amazing! It has such a warm maple sound with a real nice punch to it. The sound is by far the most impressive things about this drum. It also has quite a bit of volume to it as well. It is a steal to get a drum of this caliber and quality at such an affordable price!