Michael Cartellone

Collaboration Snare Drum

Michael Cartellone

30th Anniversary
Limited Edition Signature Edition 


Collaboration Snare Drum

Michael Cartellone

“To celebrate my 30th Anniversary as a Pearl Artist, we decided to do something that celebrates my two loves: drumming and painting. This is my way of paying tribute to my drumming heroes and their impact on me as a younger, developing player. Each portrait took nearly a week to lay out and paint. They were painted in the order they appear on the shell because that’s the order that they came into my life and inspired me on my drumming journey.”


An Extremely Limited Edition Snare to Benefit Musicians in Need through MusiCares.

Model Number

RFP1465S/C (TBD)

Whether it's drum sticks or paint brushes, Michael Cartellone is a true Artist.

To commemorate his 30th Anniversary as a Pearl Artist, drummer Michael Cartellone has created an extremely limited selection of Signature Tribute Snare Drums. Originally starting as an Arctic White 14”x6.5” Reference Pure snare shell, Michael personally painted portraits of his drumming heroes in the panels between the lugs on each side.

Icons Ringo Starr, Bill Bruford, Terry Bozzio, Stewart Copeland, John Bonham, and Neil Peart were intricately hand-painted by Michael, each portrait taking over a week’s time to complete in tritone acrylic. The drum was then fitted with Pearl's STL Swivel Tube Lugs, FatTone Hoops, and SR1000 Strainer for truly exceptional snare tone and power.

The four replica drums that will be created based on the original artwork are set to be made available to the public via Charity Auction. Proceeds from the auction of each snare will benefit musicians in need through MusiCares; a provider of critical health and welfare services to the music community.




EvenPly Six 5.4mm
Maple (4-ply Outer) Birch (2-ply Inner)


FatTone Hemmed/Welded


Swivel Tube Lugs


Stainless Steel


SR1000 Glide-Lock


Ultra-Sound "D"-Type


Stunning Detail

The original work was laid out by Michael to offer respect to the drummers that inspired him, and provide inspiration for better playing and creativity.

A Fitting Tribute

“This drum celebrates my two loves: drumming and painting. Each drummer's portrait was painted in the order that they came into my life and inspired me on my drumming journey.”

A Painstaking Process, for a Purpose.

"Each portrait took nearly a week to paint," says Michael upon completion of the project. The four Limited Edition replica drums will feature the exact artwork of the original and be available via charity auction. Check back with pearldrum.com for details as they develop.

6-ply, 5.4mm Maple/Birch Shell

EvenPly Six Maple (4-ply Outer) Birch (2-ply Inner) shell delivers cut, projection, and smooth balanced sound.

SR1000 Glide Lock Strainer

(US Patent #7220905, #7301087, #7365256) Its locking throw-off lever and corresponding tension knob assure slip-free performance and quick, push button release action.

FatTone Hoops

(US Pat. #8367917) An exclusive hemmed/welded edge gives increased strength to its low mass design, allowing it to respond like a classic "Stick-Chopper" hoop with better tuning control.

STL Swivel Tube Lugs

Allow for increased resonance, minimal shell contact, and precisely aligned, no-bind tuning.