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Instruction Manual

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For optimum performance, please read this Instruction Manual before playing.

· Bass Drum Shell

· Bass Drum Heads

· Bass Drum Hoops x1 x1pr x1pr

· Bass Drum Tension Rods, Claws x12

· Bass Drum-Mounted Cymbal Holder x1

· Tom Tom

· Tom Holder x1 x1

· Floor Tom Shell

· Floor Tom Heads

· Floor Tom Hoops x1 x1pr x1pr


· Floor Tom Tension Rods

· Floor Tom Legs

· Hi-Hat Stand

· Drum Pedal

· Pedal Clamp Plate

· Snare Drum

· Snare Stand

· Cymbal Boom Stand

· Tuning Key x1 x1 x1 x1 x12 x3 x1 x1 x1

Hi-Hat Stand

Cymbal Boom


Tom Holder

Tom Tom

Snare Drum

Bass Drum

Bass Drum-Mouted

Cymbal Holder

Floor Tom

Floor Tom Legs

Snare Stand

Drum Pedal

Pedal Clamp Plate

Set-Up Example


Thank you for choosing Pearl! Before use, please follow these instructions carefully for safe and proper assembly and operation of your drums, stands, pedals, and accessories. Please keep these instructions in a safe place for future reference.

Hazard Signs

The three Hazard Signs, as shown below, appear periodically throughout the product instructions to alert the user or others to possible danger or injury. For safe assembly and use of this, or any Pearl product, never ignore a Hazard Sign and ensure the threat level and corresponding instructions are entirely understood.


Risk of fatal or severe personal injury and/or property damage.


Risk of injury to person(s) handling the equipment and/or to personal property.


The performance or function of the equipment may be adversely affected and may result in permanent damage.

● Pearl Musical Instrument Company and Affiliates cannot be held responsible for personal injuries or property damage caused by the misuse, improper handling, failure to follow product warnings and instructions, or product use outside of its intended purpose.



Tighten and Secure All Moving Parts bass drum spurs, and clamps are tight and secure after assembly or adjustment. Failure to do so will cause the hardware to fall over or drop/slip during use injury or property damage.

Adjustments the height and angle of drums, one hand to support the object with your other hand.


Avoid Damage To Floor Surfaces tips/anchors to keep them stationary during use. floors, and the rubber tips may cause discoloration prevent floor surface damage, always place the mat.

Stabilizing Stands stability and prevent the stand from tipping over during use. When mounting a tom or b o o m c y m b a l , a l w a y s p o s i t i o n them directly over a leg of the tripod for optimum stability.

Be Careful Around Drum Sets and Stands es protruding from drum sets may cause people walking by or children playing nearby to trip and stumble into the drum set resulting in severe bodily injury and/or damage to equipment. Exercise extreme caution when moving about your set and the vicinity of your set.

Earthquake Precautions well clear of falling objects to avoid injury.

The Drum Throne is Not a Step Stool using it as a step stool may cause it the drum throne for anything other to sit on while playing.

Precautions When Handling Equipment


Objects with Rough or Pointed Shapes tension rods have roughened or pointed shapes that can scratch surfaces or get caught, for example, on clothes or carrying bags. Please handle these parts with extra caution to avoid mishaps.

Bass Drum Head Sound Control Hole for sound control and microphone placement. The edges of the hole are sharp; use caution to avoid contact to prevent injury when handling, placing microphones, or muffling the drum.

Anti-Slip Spikes snare stand legs and some other products) are sharp and can cause serious personal or property injury. To prevent mishaps, use extreme care when tips are exposed.

Folding Stand Legs pinch your fingers between any moving parts.

Handling Tubing

Adjusting Throne Settings settings can cause the seat to drop suddenly and injuries. Sitting on the drum seat while making can also cause bodily injuries. To prevent injury, is achieved.

Be Careful Using Sticks and Wire Brushes the drums and should be thrown at people. ly dangerous.

Broken Sticks from broken drumsticks can fly into the air and cause injury to the player and/or to those nearby.


Precautions with Oil and Grease wing bolts are lubricated with grease or oil from the soap and water immediately.

Precautions with Rust or Sharp Edges through use. Rusty surfaces can be sharp, and and feet. Metal surfaces, such as footboards, may stands, especially during transport. Examine metal prevent injury to your hands and feet.


Metal Care hardware should be wiped with a clean dry cloth immediately after exposure to moisture. Periodically polish metal parts to protect against rusting and to maintain the beauty of fittings and hardware. Should rust occur, remove the rust with commercial removal hands from sharp edges that may be present.

Precautions Regarding High Temperatures and Humidity

Leaving your drums in places with high heat, such as in a car or in direct sunlight, can cause the covering to come loose. To maintain the pristine condition of controlled and comfortable temperature and humidity.

Precautions Regarding High Temperatures and Ultraviolet Light (UV from the Sun) covering, avoid long periods of exposure to Ultraviolet

Light (direct Sun-Light) or very high temperatures.

Bass Drum Assembly

The Bass Drum is packed with the Shell, Bass Drum

Hoops, Heads and Parts unassembled. Please follow the instructions below to assemble the Bass Drum.

1. Place the Shell on a clean, solid surface with the front side (the side with the Bass Drum Spurs attached) facing upwards. Put the Front Head with Pearl Logo on the Shell then attach the Bass Drum Hoop with flat side down on the Rim of the Head (Fig.1).

Bass Drum Spur

Bass Drum Hoop

3. Turn the shell over to the batter side and place the other

Head and Bass Drum Hoop on the Shell. Position the Bass

Drum Hoop so that the cutaway is aligned with the Clamp

Plate Bracket (Fig.3). Attach the Tension Rods/Hooks in the same way as the front side (Fig.4).

Tension Rod

Bass Drum Hoop




Front Head (w/Logo)


Pedal Clamp Plate Bracket



To identify the top of the drum, check that both the Tom

Holder and “L” Rod Cymbal Holder Bracket are present.

Check to ensure that the front Bass Drum Hoop does

NOT include the cutaway for the pedal.

2. Pass a Tension Rod through a Hook, and hook it on the

Bass Drum Hoop above a Lug. Finger tighten the

Tension Rod into the Lug and do the same with the rest of the Tension Rods/Hooks on this side of the drum

(Fig.2). Using a Tuning Key, tighten the Tension Rod until secure.

Tension Rod


(Front Side)


Bass Drum Hoop



(Batter Side)

4. Insert the post of the Pedal Clamp Plate into the Pedal

Clamp Plate Bracket as shown and tighten the Wing

Bolt to secure. Loosen the Wing Nut on the Bass Drum

Spur and rotate it to the position shown in Fig.6.

Tighten the Wing Nut to secure. Loosen the Wing Bolt and extend the Spurs making sure that both sides are equal in length, and tighten the Wing Bolt to secure.

The Bass Drum Spurs have Spike Tips (for added slip resistance) that can be exposed by turning the Lock

Nut and Rubber Tip clockwise (Fig.5).

Wing Bolt

Wing Bolt

Wing Nut

Bass Drum Spur Fig.5


The Spike Tips are sharp. Be careful not to hurt yourself or others when using them. Use the Spike Tips only on thick carpeted surfaces to prevent damage to the flooring underneath.


Drum Pedal Setting

Position the Bass Drum upright as shown and attach your

Bass Drum Pedal to the Pedal Clamp Plate. Adjust the height of the Pedal Clamp Plate and the length of the

Spurs if necessary. When making the adjustment, hold the

Bass Drum with one hand to prevent the drum from falling over. When the height is set, make sure to tighten the

Wing Bolt on the Clamp Plate Bracket and the Spurs, and the Stop Lock on the Pedal Clamp Plate (Fig.6).

Tom Tom Setting

Insert the long ends of the Tom Holders into the Tom

Holder Bracket on the Bass Drum as shown (Fig.7) and tighten the Wing Nut on the Tom Holder Bracket. Next, loosen the Wing Nut on the Tom Holder. Adjust the angle of the Tom Holder so you can attach the Tom Tom easily then retighten the Wing Nut (Fig.8). Attach the Tom Tom to the other end of the Tom Holder and tighten the Wing

Nut on the mounts on the Tom Tom.

Wing Nut

Pedal Clamp Plate


Tom Holder Bracket




Key Bolt



The Tom Holders are equipped with StopLocks that keep the drums from slipping or rotating and to memorize position settings for quick and repeatable set-ups. When the position of the Tom Toms are set, place each StopLock into the slots in the Tom Holder Bracket and the mounts on the Tom Toms to retain these settings (Fig.9).

Cymbal Holder Assembly

1. Insert the L-Rod into the Bracket and tighten the Wing

Nut (A), as shown in (Fig.10).

2. Set the Stop Lock inside the corresponding slot of the

Bracket, then tighten the Key Bolt to secure.

Wing Nut (A)


Key Bolt



3. Install the Upper Tube Assembly with Tilter onto the

L-Rod and set it to the desired height/angle and tighten

Wing Nut (B).

4. Loosen Wing Nut (C) of the Upper Tube Assembly w/Cymbal Tilter to set the cymbal tilt.

5. Install the Cymbal onto the Cymbal Tilter and position it to your playing preference and secure all Wing Nut and

Stop Lock (Fig.11)

Cymbal Tilter

Wing Nut (C)

Upper Tube Assembly

Wing Nut (B)

Wing Nut (A)

Floor Tom Assembly

The Floor Tom is packed with the Shell, Steel Hoops,

Heads and Floor Tom Legs unassembled. Please follow the assembly instructions below to assemble the Floor


1. Place the Shell on a clean, solid surface with the batter side facing upwards as shown in Fig.12. Put the Head on the Shell followed by the Steel Hoop.

2. Line up the ears of the Steel Hoop over the Lugs and insert the Tension Rods through the ears. Finger tighten them into all the Lugs on this side of the drum.

Using a Tuning Key, tighten the Tension Rods until secure (Fig. 12).

3. Turn the drum over and attach the other Head and

Steel Hoop with the remaining Tension Rods.

4. Attach the Floor Tom Legs to the Floor Tom Leg

Brackets and set the height and angle to your preference. Tighten the Wing Bolt to secure position


Tension Rod

Steel Hoop




Floor Tom Leg


Wing Bolt

Floor Tom Leg




Hi-Hat Stand Assembly

Open the legs of the hi-hat to form a stable tripod. Insert the ends of the radius rod into the holes near the bottom of the hi-hat base (Fig.14). Thread the upper pull rod into the connector as shown (Fig.15).

Place the upper tube over the upper pull rod and into the tripod base and set the height to your preference. Rest the lower hi-hat cymbal on the hi-hat cup. Attach the top hi-hat cymbal to the clutch in the order shown then slide the clutch with the top cymbal attached onto the upper pull rod. Adjust the distance between the top and lower hi-hat cymbals to your preference by stepping on the pedal and tightening the wing-bolt on the clutch when the desired distance is achieved.

Upper Pull Rod

Wing-Bolt Hi-Hat Clutch

Hi-Hat Cup

Upper Tube


Drum Pedal Assembly

Insert the ends of the radius rod into the holes near the bottom of the pedal base. With the pedal flat on the floor, insert the beater into the beater holder link and secure it with the provided tuning key (Fig.16).

Clip the pedal to the Pedal Clamp Plate and tighten the wing-bolt to secure the hoop clamp. Check the key-bolt at the top of the beater angle cam to ensure it is tight.

Test the pedal and adjust the spring tension to your preference by adjusting the upper and lower nuts below the spring. To adjust the beater angle, loosen the key-bolt of the beater angle cam and rotate the beater to your preference and tighten. Please note this will also affect the foot-board height (Fig.17).



Beater Holder

Key Bolt

Beater Angle Cam

Hoop Clamp


Spring Adjustment Nut

Wing Bolt

Radius Rod

Felt Washer


Bottom Lock Nut

Hi-Hat Clutch


Top Hi-Hat Cymbal

Lower Hi-Hat Cymbal

Hi-Hat Cup


Pull Rod

Attaching the Upper Pull Rod

Upper Tube

Die-Cast Joint




Snare Stand Assembly

Open the legs of the stand to form a stable tripod and insert the top section into the base. Open the basket and adjust the tilter, so the basket assembly is flat. Adjust the center knob as needed to accommodate the snare drum.

Place the snare drum into the basket and tighten the center knob to secure the drum (Do not overtighten)



Basket Assembly



Stand Base

Center Knob

Wing Nut

Wing Bolt

Wing Bolt


Basic Tuning

Here is the basic tuning method using the snare drum as an example. Gradually tighten the tension bolts diagonally as shown to raise the overall pitch of the head. Tap the head 1 at each tension rod near the rim

(tuning point) as shown below and listen to the pitches.

Adjust the tuning as needed to achieve uniform pitch all around the head. Most drummers tune the bottom head of the snare drum slightly highter than the top.




6 / Tension Rod



Basically, the tom toms and bass drum are tuned the same way as the snare drum.

However, there are three ways to tune the top and bottom heads: tune both heads to the same pitch, tune the bottom head tighter than the top, or tune the bottom head looser than the top. Experiment to find the tuning method that works best for you.


If you find that the drums have too much “ring,” you can control it with after-market drum heads or muffling devices. A simple and effective way to muffle your bass drum is to put a blanket or pillow inside.






8 / Tension Rod


30 ~ 40mm


Tap for Note

Tuning Point


Make sure that all Wing Bolts, Wing Nuts, Bolts and

Screws on the Stands and the Drums are tight before playing on your drum set.

Please refer to the Set-Up Example on the cover page of this manual to see the completed kit.

Products and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Printed in China



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