Drummer’s Review presenter Matt Butlin takes a look at a selection of new-for-2021 Pearl Hardware & Accessories…
For many years now, Pearl have maintained a reputation for making solid quality stands. In fact, several of the stands I still use today are stands that I bought in the 90’s and are working as well today as the first day I bought them. In keeping up with the modern drummers needs for portability and reliable quality, Pearl have recently added a few new stands and mounts to their ever-growing collection.
The CLA-130 clamps onto the bass drum like many traditional cowbell posts but has a short, L-shaped knurled arm with memory lock that can either be placed vertically or horizontally through the circular mount. The cymbal spread can be tightened to your required tension by a regular cymbal nut. One point to note is that putting a regular set of 14” hats is not what this was designed for, more your 8” or 10” mini-hats or stacks – think Terry Bozzio-type hi-hat position. The only negative is that there is no height or tilter adjustment so if you have a smaller bass drum then you may struggle to get it to the height and angle you require. In use, it really does make playing fun thanks to the novelty of having a percussive attack really close to the snare drum for electronic type effects, hand claps as well as a new ‘riding’ surface. The beauty is it won’t take up much room in your hardware case either.
The CLH-70 is the bigger sibling with a 15” boom arm and clamp. Utilising the same mounting system for the cymbals the CLH-70 allows you to utilise larger diameter cymbals than the CLA-130. With plenty of angle adjustability, thanks to the Uni-Lock gearless tilter, this would be a great addition for those wanting to place an auxiliary hi-hat to keep closed or loose when playing with a double pedal or twin bass drums.
Both share common features such as dense cymbal felts, memory locks, spring adjustable cymbal nut, solid clamps and spring adjustable cymbal spread.
This is an old idea with a new twist. Mounting cymbals from the bass drum has been around for decades, although usually you would need to drill a mounting bracket through the bass drum shell to add this to your kit. Now, thanks to Pearls CHB-75CA Bass Drum Hoop Mount Cymbal Holder, you can simply clamp the cymbal arm on to your bass drum hoop. Once attached the cymbal arm’s angle can be adjusted with the Uni-Lock gearless tilter whist a separate knurled rod can give you a height range from 330mm to 468mm.
This unit has a classic vibe to it and has the added bonus of being transferrable between drum kits if you have more than one. It is solid and stable with no slipping when played. Perfect for smaller footprint set-ups and jazz gigs.
The CH-1030C Gyrolock Curved Boom Cymbal Holder is an instant head turner. With its 12mm knurled boomerang cymbal arm we are instantly intrigued with this unique product. The multi-positional 360 degree Gyro-Lock Tilter is furnished with Pearl’s Wingloc Quick Release wing nut, reversible cymbal washers with harder felt and softer foam sides, reversible seat cup and 2 memory locks. The bass tube diameter is 5/8”- perfect if you use a rack system.
The Pearl B1030c Curved Boom Cymbal Stand has all of the same features as the CH-1030C but in a full stand with 3 tube diameters of 1 1/8”, 5/8 and 7/8”. With the top of the range thick rubber feet keeping everything balanced and a height range from 770mm to 2440mm, it gives you plenty of positioning options with the boomerang boom arm looking equally impressive in either curvature position and the legs being able to spread wide enough to support the heaviest of cymbals.
Rounding off the set of new hardware is Pearl’s S-1030D Low Position Snare Stand. This is a heavy beast that will support drums ranging from 10” to 16” diameter thanks to the adjustable snare basket. Each arm has a locking adjustable rail that can be tailored to your drum requirements and locked in position by a square headed locking nut. Along with the dropped basket with super grippy air suspension rubber tips, the stand features a low height, die-cast insulated pipe joint making it perfect for those deep snares or toms that have always sat just a little too high to play comfortably. The stand also features the Pearl GyroLock tilter, but we did find that even when fully tightened, the basket still slipped with the drum in position. The three legs have a wide spread and are furnished with super heavy-duty rubber feet to keep things balanced and solid. This is a very heavy stand but would be a great addition for anyone who sits particularly low or uses deep toms/snares.
If we were being super critical then for the cost, it may have been nice to add memory locks to the snare and cymbal stands to ensure everything set up quickly and consistently each time you play, but this is perhaps a personal preference. That said, these latest additions are built to a high standard and could easily be added to expand your kit or just to help you lighten your current hardware load with a bit of smart, economical thinking.
Pearl Hardware & Accessories 2021 – UK RRP
CHB-75CA – £48.00
CHB-130 – £50.00
CLH-70 – £72.00
CH-1030C – £90.00
B-1030C – £151.00
S-1030D – £169.00