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My first drum kit was made by Pearl. Some years later I was given a sponsorship from Pearl in Australia. I still enjoy playing their drums.

Pearl DLX

My original sponsorship set was from the DLX series.

The DX 7300 Series (covered finish) and the DLX 7500 Series (lacquered finish) were introduced in 1984 and featured 7 ply shells: birch (outside), mahogany (middle), and lamin (inside) for superb sound with fantastic low-end punch. Priced affordably, they nevertheless featured high-end components such as double braced hardware, SuperHoops, and Pinstripe heads. In 1985, a five-piece DX kit with 22” bass drum and hardware listed for $1650, the 24” bass drum version listed for $1720.

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Sharon O'Neil filmclip

Sharon O'Neil stage shot

GLX 9500 “Super Gripper” drums.

I traded in the DLX for a set of piano black GLX. The GLX “Super Pro” series feature all 6 ply, 7.5 mm all maple construction, 2.3 mm rolled steel “Super Hoops”  and “Super Gripper” quick release lugs. They were well built drums, with a lot of attention to detail, similar in construction to the Masters Series. The GLX’s were also heavy, owing to the weight of the hoops and the two piece lugs. They were made from 1985 – 1988. The basic kit retailed in 1985 for US$2,440.

Pearl GLX drums

Studios 301 Studio A


Pearl GLX

Pearl GLX drums

Pearl GLX snare drumSuper Gripper GLX 14″ x 6 1/2″ maple snare drum.


GLX-pg1-1985 Pearl Catalogue 1985




A GLX soundcheck.

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