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19 Jul

Todd Sucherman's Masterworks Series Kit

Anyone familiar with Todd Sucherman's work knows that his drumming is very precise. Every note he plays has purpose to propel the music and nothing is left to chance. That same attention to detail was given when he was constructing his new Masterworks Series kit.

Although you may have seen his previous Bubinga kits, Todd explains the 2013 version has some major upgrades, "The biggest difference is the bearing edge cut on this one has a 45 degree rounded which is a bit brighter in comparison to the fully rounded cut. There is still the full rich tone that the thicker shells provide but there are a bit more highs. This sounds a bit ridiculous but when I played it at sound check, the kit sounded... a little louder. It could have been the room but nothing had changed and our monitor rig and engineer are dead on consistent." The new bearing edges even changed Todd's monitors, "I had to ask for the bass drums to come down 2db in my mix! Sounds silly but that's what happened. This new kit is the best mix of everything I love to hear and feel."

Although his previous kits may look the same at a quick glance, Todd made some alterations on this model. "The biggest change is the addition of the 6" tom over the double 8" toms I've used in the past. The bearing edge cut and the new hardware finish are the biggest differences. Subtle but surely different." This particular kit has the distinction of being the only Pearl kit with Titanium Rose Gold hardware. "I'm a bit of a watch nut and in recent years, Rose Gold has been very much in vogue in fine horology over the regular yellow gold. There's a touch more copper in the mix and I believe the folks at Pearl Japan put some titanium in the mix which helps keep its strength and luster. It is pretty stunning in contrast to the Walnut Burst over the Bubinga."

Does that mean one of Todd's kits will be on the auction block now that there's a new kit in town? "Ha! Well, as any collector knows.... I like to hold on to my drums. Especially a kit that has been used for so many years on the road which hopefully gives it some history and value. I think the appeal for drummers and non-drummers alike regarding these instruments would be the fact that you can recognize the immense quality in it. It's like looking at a fine watch or a car, you can identify the difference between a Hyundai and an Aston Martin. One can see that these Masterworks Series kits are no regular item indeed. They arguably have no equal."

You can see Todd and his new kit in action this Summer as Styx tours the states until the end of the year. With all of the new changes to this 2013 Masterworks Series kit, how could it possibly be topped? "Jewel encrusted hardware. No, no.... I can't even think like that as I know I will be thrilled with this kit for many years to come. I don't change often, so this kit will be home base for some time. But do you guys have any rubies and emeralds gathering dust over there?"

Todd Sucherman's 2013 Masterworks Series
Natural to Walnut Burst Bubinga finish
Titanium Rose Gold hardware

22x18 Bass Drum (x2) 10 ply shell (8 plies of maple with inner and outer plies of bubinga)
6x7 tom - 6 ply shell (4 plies of maple with inner and outer plies of bubinga)
8x7 tom - 6 ply shell (4 plies of maple with inner and outer plies of bubinga)
10x8 tom - 8 ply shell (6 plies of maple with inner and outer plies of bubinga)
12x8 tom - 8 ply shell (6 plies of maple with inner and outer plies of bubinga)
14x14 floor tom - 10 ply shell (8 plies of maple with inner and outer plies of bubinga)
16x16 floor tom - 10 ply shell (8 plies of maple with inner and outer plies of bubinga)
20x14 gong drum - 10 ply shell (8 plies of maple with inner and outer plies of bubinga)
14x5 snare - 20 ply shell (18 plies of maple with inner and outer plies of bubinga)

All shells (except the snare): Rounded 45 bearing edges
Snare: Standard 45 bearing edges

STL swivel lugs
Superhoops on the toms
Golden Ratio air vents


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