Pearl Masters. It’s a name that doesn’t need a whole lot of introduction. For some years now, the Masters series has been a staple for many professional players, in particular the Masters MCX – a maple kit with some serious features and a great sound straight up. Well now, there’s a BCX and for those who like some grunt in their kit – it’s made of Birch.
ROCK STAR LOOKS
The new BCX features the ever present Pearl 6ply, 7.5 mm shell in a Birch timber – offering a great alternative to the regular maple. The fun doesn’t stop there though. You get the choice of three striking finishes including a Golden Bronze Glitter (which I sampled), Silver Glitter and a frankly cool, Lava Bubinga. Other features include MasterCast die-cast hoops, OptiMount Suspension System, 100% Birch Bass drum hoops, moulded rubber gaskets and Remo heads as standard. There are three basic configurations available including 20”/10”/12”/14” or 22”/10”/12”/16” Fusion/Fusion+ packs and a 22”/12”/13”/16” Rock pack. Furthermore, besides choosing either a 14x5.5” or 14x6.5” snare drum, there are loads of other sizes available for all drums. The kit I tried features some truly gob-smacking sizes for some serious presence – try a 24x18” Bass Drum, 13x9” Rack Tom, 16x16” and 18x18” Floor Toms with a 14x6.5” snare drum.
Does the BCX look the biz? Hell yes.
Did I feel like a rock star? You bet.
WHO NEEDS MICS?
I’m not going to beat around the bush. This kit was epic. It could just be the sizes I tried that completely floored me, but this kit sounded mic’d up. The bass drum had instant response and more volume than I ever imagined it could, just enormous and very full, with heaps of low-end. You can feel it in your chest. The toms, too, were ridiculous. It took me a bit to tune these bigger drums but when I found a sweet spot, there was loads of projection and so much presence. They just smack you in the face. The snare too, was super cool – the 6.5” depth allowing for some low-end to come through at any tuning range. This kit had Remo Clear Emperors on the toms and an ambassador on the snare. I loved the snare, but would probably look at either some dampening or thicker heads for the toms. That said; if you’re good at tuning, you’ll be fine with these drums. Bigger is phatter!
There’s an overwhelming sense of quality about this BCX. From the finish to the hardware and fittings, it looks and feels expensive, and this is perhaps the surprise about this kit. It’s actually not that expensive for a kit in this category. In fact it’s great value. To get in the game you’re looking at a smidge over $2000. I think this is a great kit but for that price it’s actually slamming. This could be a serious workhorse for some drummers. I like the warmth and depth the Birch gives and (particularly in bigger sizes) how punchy the drums are. If you like drums, you’ll dig the BCX unquestionably. If you’re a real fan of Pearl drums, you’ll love the BCX.
Hits and Misses
Incredible presence and projection
Quality fittings, build and value
Only three finishes available
- 3 Lacquer Finishes #357 Golden Bronze Glitter, #358 Silver Glitter, and #818 Lava Bubinga
- 6 ply 7.5mm 100% Birch Shells
- Artisan II Lacquer Finishes
- 100% Birch Bass Drum Hoops
- Masters Bridge Lugs
- MasterCast Die Cast Hoops
- OptiMount Tom Holders
- Molded Rubber Gaskets
- Remo Heads