Pearl ICON / DR-500 Drum Rack Reviews
I purchased this drum rack from Roli Garcia, Jr. at www.roligarciajr.com. He's endorsed by Pearl and is always selling Pearl drums, hardware and accessories on eBay and on his website. Currently, he can be found on eBay under the user name firstname.lastname@example.org. He sells everything at 50% off list price (pretty hard to beat since normal dealer cost is 50% off list).
This isn't my first Pearl drumrack. I purchased my first Pearl rack back in the mid-80's to clean up the look of my kit and to get rid of all those stands.
In 1988, I bought a DDrum 2 electric kit and gave an Ultimate Support Systems drumrack a whirl. It seemed like the "in" thing to do. What a mistake. It was junk. I then purchased a Pearl DR-110 drumrack to use with my DDrum 2 kit and was extremely pleased.
I recently updated my electronics with a DDrum 4 kit. My DDrum 4 kit came with a Gibraltar rack, but I didn't like it. It wasn't as bad as the USS rack, but the problem was the same: Round tubing (I'll get this this below). I needed something better and the obvious choice for me was Pearl's new ICON rack. I could have used my DR-110 rack, but the look of my new DDrum pads went much better with Pearl's newer ICON rack.
Just a general comment: I've been using Pearl acoustic drums and hardware since 1984 and have been extremely pleased with the quality and durability of Pearl's drums and hardware. As I mentioned, prior to purchasing my ICON rack, I owned a Pearl DR-110 rack. Actually, I owned two Pearl DR-110 drumracks. My original DR-110 rack didn't get placed into my band's equipment truck as we packed up our gear one evening and was never seen again. My DDrum 2 kit has been retired and my DR-110 rack is still in use with my Pearl acoustic kit.
I paid approximately $250 for the rack and approximately $13 for each extra pipe clamp.
The bottom line is this: If you've got a Pearl drumkit and you're looking to get rid of all those floor stands and clean up the look of your kit, this rack is the way to go. It's definitely WAY better than the generic alternative (Gibraltar). I'm using it for an electric kit at the present time and it is working out extremely well. My DDrum kit came with a Gibraltar rack with an arched front tube and it sucked. It was difficult to setup and it slipped several times at each and every gig. If you're using Yamaha drums, I'd stick with a Yamaha rack. If you're using Tama drums, stick with a Tama rack. Nobody likes a bastard drumkit! If you want to contact me, feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com.John G. rated this unit on 2002-03-27.
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