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 now and innovate for the future.

President and CEO Max Iishi

 

75th Anniversary Video

Pearl History

 

 

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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

1995