Pearl Drums Anniversary - What Has The Company Been Doing for the Last 75 Years

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Message from the President

It is a great honor and pleasure for me to announce that this year, 2021, marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Pearl.

Pearl began in 1946, founded by Katsumi Yanagisawa, in a small backyard workshop in Tokyo, Japan, to produce music stands for the Japanese domestic market. Recognizing the increasing demand for percussion instruments, Katsumi soon decided to start making drums.In 1968, Pearl met an outstanding Flute technician who had the skill and craftmanship to enable Pearl to start Flute manufacture.

From these humble beginnings, Pearl has grown to become the iconic brand and global leader it is today. It has been a long and evolutionary journey.

We greatly appreciate musicians, our various business associates, partners, and friends all of whom have supported and worked closely with our company throughout the years. Without you, we would not be where we are today. We are continuing our commitment to creating instruments of outstanding value and driving market innovation.

This is our 75th birthday.
We want to celebrate our history, enjoy the no and innovate for the futur

President and CEO Max Iishi

 

75th Anniversary Video

Pearl History

 

 

  • Product
  • Corporate
  • Artist
Products
Artist
Corporate
Corporate

 

 

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ProductsHistory timeline

ProductsHistory timeline

ArtistHistory timeline

CorporateHistory timeline

ArtistHistory timeline

1946.4.2

1946.4.2
1946

Pearl founded by Katsumi Yanagisawa

1952

1952
1952

Becomes 'Pearl Musical Instrument Co'

1956

1956
1956

Begun exporting products from Japan

1957

1957
1957

Mitsuo Yanagisawa, Katsumi's son joined the company

1961

1961
1961

Established worldwide headquarters and built a 15,000 square foot factory in Chiba Japan

1962

1962
1962

Katsumi Yanagisawa becomes Chairman. Mitsuo Yanagisawa becomes President of Pearl

1964

1964
1962

Deluxe Combo / Modern Jazz / Valencia drums introduced

1962

Jazz Festival Snare drum introduced

1966

1966
1966

President Series introduced, the first drum set to carry the Pearl name

1966
1966

Jimmy Takeuchi

1968

1968
1968

Super Deluxe drums introduced

1968
1968

Pearl factory in Chiba has expanded and the Pearl Flute Division has established

1968
1968

George Kawaguchi

1968

Motohiko Hino

1968

Masahiko Togashi

1972

1972
1972

Artist drums introduced

1972

President export drums introduced

1972

"One-Piece Core-Bar" and "Pinless mechanism" introduced

1973

1973
1973

Crystal Beat Acrylic drums introduced

1973
1973

Built a 93,000 square foot factory in Taiwan

1974

1974
1974

Jupiter Snare drums introduced

1974
1974

Ed Shaughnessy

1974

Cozy Cole

1974

Shelly Manne

1975

1975
1975

Butch Miles

1975

Larrie Londin

Larrie Londin

1975

Paul Humphrey

1975

Russ Kunkel

1975

Peter Criss

1975

Buddy Harman

1975

James Gadson

1976

1976
1976

All Maple shell Giant Step (GX) drums introduced

1972

Uni-Lock Tom Holders introduced

1977

1977
1977

Stix Hooper

Independent
Stix Hooper

Independent
Stix Hooper

Independent
Stix Hooper

1978

1978
1978

Giant Step Artist (GAX) drums introduced

1978

VARI-PITCH System introduced

1979

1979
1979

Established Pearl International Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee, USA and Pearl Music Ltd. in the United Kingdom

1980

1980
1980

Export Series drums introduced

1980

Syncussion 1 Percussion Synthesizer introduced

1980
1980

Nicky “Topper” Headon

1981

1981
1981

Blues Flavor (BX) drums introduced

1982

1982
1982

Extender drums with timpani-style oversize heads introduced

1982
1982

Phil Collins

1982

Mel Lewis

1982

Jim Keltner

1982

Billy Hart

Independent
Billy Hart

Independent
Billy Hart

Independent
Billy Hart

Independent
Billy Hart

1982

Naranda Michael Walden

1983

1983
1983

Free Floating snare drums introduced

1983

Championship Maple marching drums introduced

1983

DR-1 "Porcaro" Rack introduced. Pearl's original rack for drums designed by Jeff Porcaro

1983
1983

Takeo Moriyama

1983

Rikiya Higashihara

NANIWA EXP
Rikiya Higashihara

1984

1984
1984

Fightman Electronic Practice Pad Set introduced

1984

Professional Series (GLX, MLX, MX, DLX, DX) introduced

1984

Super Gripper Lug System introduced

1985

1985
1985

Drum X, Programable Electronic drums introduced

1985

Double Drum Pedal System introduced

1985
1985

A second flute factory in Taiwan opened

1985
1985

Steve Ferrone

1985

Atushi Sugahara

Atushi Sugahara

Atushi Sugahara

Atushi Sugahara

Atushi Sugahara

Atushi Sugahara

Atushi Sugahara

Atushi Sugahara

Atushi Sugahara

Atushi Sugahara

Atushi Sugahara

1985

Butch Trucks

1985

Frankie Banali

1985

Tico Torres

Tico Torres

1985

Satoshi "JOE" Miyawaki

1986

1986
1986

Syncussion X Electronic Drum Set with digital wave analog processing introduced

1988

Championship Series marching drums introduced

1986

Production of Pearl Flute PF-995, PF-885, PF-771, PF-651, PF-531, PF-511 series began

1987

1987
1976

RH-800 Remote Cable Hi-Hat introduced

1987
1987

Yutaka Odawara

REBECCA
Yutaka Odawara

1987

Eiji Kikuchi

THE YELLOW MONKEY
Eiji Kikuchi

1987

Sterling Campbell

1987

Rikki Rockett

1987

Santa Clara Vanguard

1988

1988
1988

Custom Z, Zenithal Resonator Series introduced

1988
1988

Miki "mittan" Tsunoda

1988

Steven Adler

1988

Gregg Bissonette

1989

1989
1989

Custom Classic snare drums (One Ply Steam-Bent) introduced

1988

Double Chain Drum Pedal introduced

1989
1989

The tag line "The Best Reason To Play Drums" introduced

1989
1989

Toshi Nagai

1989

Takashi Numazawa

1990

1990
1985

Free Floating marching snare drums introduced

1990
1990

Pearl International Inc. changed its name to Pearl Corporation

1990
1990

Sumire Yoshihara

Sumire Yoshihara

Sumire Yoshihara

Sumire Yoshihara

1990

Chuck Tilley

Sixwire / Randy Owens / Richard Marx
Chuck Tilley

Sixwire / Randy Owens / Richard Marx
Chuck Tilley

Sixwire / Randy Owens / Richard Marx
Chuck Tilley

Sixwire / Randy Owens / Richard Marx
Chuck Tilley

Sixwire / Randy Owens / Richard Marx
Chuck Tilley

Sixwire / Randy Owens / Richard Marx
Chuck Tilley

1990

Bill Berry

1990

Will Calhoun

1991

1991
1991

Championship Series marching carriers introduced

1991

Prestige Session ELITE (SLX) introduced

1991

Hammered metal snare drums introduced

1991
1991

Masayuki Muraishi

Independent
Masayuki Muraishi

1992

1992
1992

PHN-1 Headjoint introduced

1993

1993
1993

Classic Maple (MR) Series introduced

1993

Masters Series introduced

1993
1993

Pearl Music Ltd. changed its name to Pearl UK Ltd.

1994

1994
1989

Prestige Session (SPX.SX) introduced

1994
1994

yukihiro

L'Arc〜en〜Ciel, geek sleep sheep
yukihiro

1994

JR Robinson

1995

1995
1995

Export the best selling drum of all time sold over 1,000,000 drums

1996

1996
1996

50th Anniversary limited production snare drum introduced

1996

Signature Series snare drums (DC, OH, CS, SF, IP, JJ) introduced

1996

PowerShifter Pedal System introduced

1996

Mahogany Classic snare drum introduced

1997

1997
1997

SensiTone Custom Alloy snare drums introduced

1997
1997

Scott Rockenfield

1997

Tom Freer

Cleveland Orchestra
Tom Freer

Cleveland Orchestra
Tom Freer

Cleveland Orchestra
Tom Freer

1997

Janos Balint(Flute)

Professor at Hochshule fuer Musik (Detmold)
Janos Balint(Flute)

Professor at Hochshule fuer Musik (Detmold)
Janos Balint(Flute)

Professor at Hochshule fuer Musik (Detmold)
Janos Balint(Flute)

1998

1998
1998

Masterworks Series introduced

1998

Symphonic Custom snare drum introduced

1999

2000

2000
2000

Custom Classic "Legend" snare drums introduced

2000

Carbonply Maple drums introduced

2000

Vivo Headjoint introduced

2000

PowerShifter Eliminator introduced

2000

Pipe Band Series drums introduced

2000

Philharmonic snare drums introduced

2000
2000

Benoit Fromanger(Flute)

Professor at Music Academy Hanns-Eisler in Berlin Artistic director
and principal conductor at the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra
Benoit Fromanger(Flute)

Professor at Music Academy Hanns-Eisler in Berlin Artistic director
and principal conductor at the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra
Benoit Fromanger(Flute)

2001

2001
2001

Alto Flute introduced

2001
2001

Toshiaki Ishiuchi

Toshiaki Ishiuchi

2001

Nobuyuki Hirao

Nobuyuki Hirao

2002

2002
2002

Carbonply Maple introduced

2002

UltraCast snare drums introduced

2002

Forte Headjoint introduced

2002
2002

Pearl Music Europe established in the Netherlands

2002

Masani Yanagisawa becomes President

2003

2004

2004
2004

"Masters Retro Spec MSX" introduced

2004
2004

Masakatsu Yanagisawa, Katsumi's grandson becomes President

2005

2005
2005

Reference Series introduced

2005

Reference Series snare drum introduced

2005

Taiwan-made 505 Series, the first pointed arms for student flute, introduced

2005
2005

Pearl builds a 160,000 Square foot factory in China

2006

2006
2006

Masters Premium introduced

2006

VISION Series introduced

2006

First Piccolo flute was created with revolutionary material Grenaditte

2006
2006

Pearl Music Europe B.V
Warehouse expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony

2007

2007
2007

Pearl Music Europe B.V Facility Expanded

2008

2008
2008

Vivace Headjoint introduced

2008

Pearl Flute 40th Anniversary model introduced

2008

Bass Flute introduced

2008
2008

Opened the East Coast Distribution Center in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA

2009

2009-01

Demon Direct Drive Bass Drum Pedals introduced

2009
2009-2

Calore Headjoint introduced

2009
2009

Chad Sexton

2009

Jim Kilpatrick

Jim Kilpatrick

Jim Kilpatrick

Jim Kilpatrick

Jim Kilpatrick

Jim Kilpatrick

Jim Kilpatrick

2010

2010
2010

ePro Live electronic drums introduced

2010

CX AirFrame Marching Carriers introduced

2015

2015
2015

One Touch marching snare strainer introduced

2015

Contrabass Flute introduced, completes Pearl Flute's line-up

2015

Roadshow Series introduced

2016

2016
2016

Mimic Pro Electronic Drum Module introduced

2017

2017
2017

Masterworks Sonic Select Shell Recipes introduced

2017

malletStation introduced

2017
2017

Kanade Sato

2017

TaRon Lockett

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles
TaRon Lockett

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles
TaRon Lockett

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles
TaRon Lockett

2021

2021
2021

SR-505 Trad Silent Strainer introduced

2021
2021

75th Anniversary President Series drums introduced

2021
2021

Masakatsu Yanagisawa becomes Chairman. Max Iishi Promoted to President & CEO

2021/4/2

2021/4/2
2021

Pearl celebrates its 75th Anniversary

 
 
 

The Pearl Family Bond

As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we pause to reflect on the artists who represent our brand.
We relish being a part of this rewarding industry of building instruments that allow amazing artists to make the music that is the soundtrack of our lives.
Why have so many of the world’s best musicians placed their trust in Pearl?
Let’s listen as artists talk about the special bond of being a part of the Pearl family.

 

 
 

president series drum kit

In celebration of Pearl's history of quality and craftsmanship, President Series Phenolic shells make a triumphant return in a Limited Edition, 75th Anniversary drum set. Exuding pristine vintage style with focused updated function, the hallmark appointments that made original President Series unique (like our "Battleship" lug, internal tone mufflers, and adjustable "Gullwing" style bass drum spurs,) are present, and visual touches like Pearl's elegant script badge and classic bass drum logo add to its old school swagger.

Phenolic Shell

Hermetically Pressurized phenol Shell.
This totally consistent, perfectly round, essentially cast/molded shell produces a uniquely-cutting clarity from the strike with quick decay and even midrange spread.

A testament to Pearl's 75 year odyssey of drum quality and advancement, Pearl President Series Deluxe drums are a modern take on a favorite from yesterday. Culled from the very origins of The World's Largest Drum Company, President Deluxe Series revives the warm subtlety of our original tone wood for a traditionally full, controlled playing experience.

Lauan Shell

Drawing from the very origins of Pearl's drum manufacturing history, Lauan was the source of the original "MIJ" (Made in Japan) sound. This darker-toned medium/hardwood was the basis of thousands of shells made by Mitsuo Yanagisawa in Pearl's Chiba, Japan-based drum factory starting in 1961. Loud yet subdued, Lauan has a deep, punchy wallop with plenty of top-end attack.

Features of President Series

  • Lugs

    Cast in 1969 as "C043" for Pearl's professional outfits (including President Series,) it has since been dubbed "The Battleship Lug" by collectors for its angular profile. The new BSL100 features the same striking look and self-aligning design, but with a more robust casting for better tuning integrity.

  • T-Handle Bass Drum Rods

    For classic hand-tunable function and a beautiful vintage look, Pearl's T090 T-handle rods fuse with our new insulated classic Claw via a small extension sleeve (T066.) The contact points of each Claw are insulated with felt to protect the bass drum hoop finish.

  • SuperHoop II

    A sturdy triple-flanged hoop at optimum 2.3mm thickness, each is identity stamped and made for accurate and secure tuning in play without inhibiting overall shell resonance.

  • Remo Drum Heads

    To make the most of the characteristics of each shell, Phenolic kits are outfitted with Coated Smooth White Ambassadors (batter/resonant). The President Series comes with CS Clear “Black Dot” batter heads.

  • Bracket

    Features debossed Pearl logo, internal grip function for height adjustment, and angled T-nut for better case storage.

  • "Gullwing" Spurs

    Using the LB75 bracket, each spur features an angle secure memory lock, retractable spike tip, and folds in to the profile of the kick drum for quick breakdown and set-up.

  • Internal Tone Mufflers

    Dial-in the perfect amount of sustain with the IM100W Internal Tone Muffler. Its robust tension dial and multi-layered felt dampening pad allows head contact under the batter from the slightest touch to full contact, for a wide range of tonal combinations.

  • Classic Logo / Classic Script Badge

    The elegant identity of Pearl’s original script badge and classic bass drum logo can only be found on Pearl’s 75th Anniversary Limited Edition President Series kits.

Eric Singer / KISS
Mike Miley / Rival Sons
Jason Hartless / Ted Nugent

with the President Series Drum kit

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