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By Gene Okamoto
Pearl Drums & Percussion Product Manager
Back in the day when I started playing there were only two choices of drum sets, professional and entry-level “no-name” brands with no parts or service. Then Pearl introduced the Export Series and changed forever the definition of what an entry-level drum set should be. Entry-level now meant professional-quality drums and hardware and professional-quality sound at an entry-level price backed by the world’s largest dealer base, exceptional customer service, and legendary Pearl quality. Export became the best-selling drums in the world and many professionals credit the Export as their first set. Alas, we recently retired the Export name, but never fear, the Export spirit is alive and well with the Forum “Ready-Set-Go” Series, the proud successor of the Export.
The Forum Ready-Set-Go has everything a drummer needs to get started: drums, stands, pedals, throne, cymbals, sticks, and even an instructional DVD.
Superior. Forum shells are made with 100% poplar which gives the drums a warm and full sound akin to maple. As a matter of fact, some famous-brand drums blend poplar and maple to achieve a warmer sound than maple alone. The shells are six-ply cross-laminated and 7.5mm-thick following the exact recipe as our classic professional shells heard on countless recordings and concerts over the years. They’re formed using our exclusive SST “Superior Shell Technology” shell-forming method that applies high temperature and pressure, our proprietary Acousti-Glue, and our exclusive gapless scarf joints (no dead spots) to create perfect acoustic cylinders for outstanding sound and durability. Speaking of durability, Forum shells are backed by our Limited Lifetime Warranty that guarantees the shells will not delaminate or go out of round during the time of ownership by the original owner.
In a word, GREAT! Forum features Pearl’s patented Integrated Mounting System “I.S.S.” tom suspension mounts that remove the mounting hardware from the shells, allowing them to resonate freely for exceptional resonance and sustain. Proprietary ProTone heads, featuring high-pressure crimped hoops, are used on all Forum drums for professional-quality sound and easy tuning. The bass heads feature our Perimeter EQ built-in muffling rings for great sound right out of the box. For those who like to tune “low,” you won’t be disappointed!
Forum comes nicely equipped with our 70W series boom stand, cymbal stand, snare stand, and TH-70 series tom arms that feature positive-locking gear tilters that won’t slip no matter how hard you play. All 70W stands feature sturdy double-braced legs for stability and non-marring nylon sleeves in the collars. Also included are our lightning-fast H-72W double-braced hi-hat stand and P-120P chain drive pedal with our patented PowerShifter footboard for light, regular, and heavy settings; infinitely adjustable beater angle for precise power control; floor plate for stability; and Duo Beat beater with felt and plastic faces for your choice of “fat” or “attack” sound. All Pearl hardware is made by us to meet our legendary standards for quality and durability, and it’s all covered by our three-year limited hardware warranty.
There’s no need to purchase cymbals, throne, or even sticks with Forum because they’re already included! The cymbals are high-quality Pearl brass cymbals in professional sizes that include a 20" ride, 16" crash, and a pair of 14" hi-hats. The throne is our dependable D-70W with infinitely adjustable height. The sticks are professional Vic Firth American Classic 5As to get you started on the right foot, er, hands! And we also include an instructional DVD with setup and tuning tips and hours of video clips by famous Pearl artists.
Marvelous. All Forum drums including the matching wood snare drum are finished in our durable super high-gloss wrapped finishes that will look great for years onstage or in your living room.
Forum comes in three popular configurations: 22" x 18" bass, 12" x 9" and 13" x 10" toms, 16" x 16" floor tom and 5-1/2" x 14" matching snare drum; 22" x 18" bass, 10" x 8" and 12" x 9" toms, 14" x 14" floor tom, and 5-1/2" x 14" matching snare drum; 20" x 18" bass, 10" x 8" and 12" x 9" toms, 14" x 14" floor tom, and 5-1/2" x 14" matching snare drum.
Of course, these configurations come with all the goodies mentioned above, so there’s nothing extra to purchase to get you playing right now!
So here’s some advice from someone who’s been there and done that. My first set of drums was a “no-name” and though it got me started, I spent more time fixing than playing it. If you want to spend quality time and not repair time with your drums, go with Pearl. And if you need a complete “all included” set to get started, get the Pearl Forum “Ready-Set-Go” and get the jump on your drumming career.