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[History of Japanese musical instruments] Acoustic drums: Pearl

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Famous as an acoustic drum maker, this company is a Japanese company. Since its founding in 1946 as a manufacturer of drums, percussion and flutes, it has always been developing unique product, sound quality and well-designed drums. In Japan, this manufacturer is known as a representative drum development company, and it is beginning to be recognized worldwide. We are building a service network all over the world and increasing sales bases.

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Location

This instrument was born in Japan.

Development company

Pearl Musical Instrument Co.

founder

Katsumi Yanagisawa

Katsumi Yanagisawa, the founder, started Pearl by making use of his passion for music and his talent for manufacturing, and engaged in the manufacture and sale of “music stands”. We have started making handmade drums at the request of our business partners to make drums. Then, in 1952, a company called Pearl was established.

history

The founder, Katsumi Yanagisawa, started manufacturing percussion instruments in Sumida-ku, Tokyo in 1946. In 1952 he officially launched Pearl Musical Instrument Manufacturing Co., Ltd. In 1953, we established a production system for percussion instruments such as drum sets, marching bands, concerts, and timpani in Yachiyo City, Chiba Prefecture, and in 1957 we started exporting to overseas markets. In 1979, he launched Pearl USA in Nashville, and in the same year, he established a sales base in England, which was the center of the music scene at that time. In 1968, he set up a workshop to produce domestic handmade flutes as well as percussion instruments. In 1990, he launched the “Pearl Percussion” brand of Latin percussion instruments and began to handle percussion instruments such as conga, bongos, timbales, and bells, and became a comprehensive percussion instrument manufacturer. In 2002, we established a pearl European sales base in Venlo, the Netherlands, and have made a full-scale entry into Europe. Focusing on electronic drums, we announced “e-Pro Live” in overseas markets in 2010, and in 2018, in collaboration with Korg Co., Ltd., we announced the electronic drum “e / MERGE” equipped with the latest technology. Has been announced.

Features of Pearl Drum

Pearl Drum became famous for developing the world’s first fiber shell. In the 1970s, fiberglass shells were developed, and in the 1980s, the drum information magazine “Fill In”, which doubles as a product advertisement, was published and became recognized by many amateur players. The Pearl Drum is an environmentally independent instrument with a groundbreaking structure that is not adversely affected by humid climatic conditions. The sound of Pearl is a hard tone with a core, and the attack feeling is very impressive. Pearl Drum is probably the most recommended drum in the world in terms of ease of listening and the ability of the microphone to pick up sound efficiently.

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