Pearl Export Standard Drumset


Bottom Line – It’s the best selling drumset of all time and that is not by accident.  This is a great drumset for beginners and light gigging drummers.

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For as long as the Pearl Export Standard Drumset has been made, it has been one of the most popular and best drumsets for beginners.  While this is a drumset for beginners, it in many ways is good enough for intermediate drummers and with the right upgrades can even be used by a professional drummer and ranks for best acoustic drums.

While there are a lot of cheap drumsets for beginners, many of those beginner drumsets are just that…”cheap”.  The Pearl Export drumset is a sturdy, well built drumset with great tone and build and made for drummers to grow with as they improve.  The price and quality make the Pearl Export Drumset an ideal beginner drumset and one that has a look and sound to be proud of that will last for years.

Pearl Export Drum Set Features:

  • Poplar and Mahogany Blended Shells with Superior Shell Technology
  • Opti-Loc Tom Mounting System
  • Hardware typically included
  • Cymbals Not Included
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Multiple Finishes Available
Does it come with cymbals?
No, most Export Drum Sets do don’t come with cymbals.
Is this drumset for kids?
The Pearl Export Series drumset was the first drumset that I got when I was in middle school.  Amazingly, I still own that very drumset and recently used it on a few tours when I was playing with grammy winning musicians from Snarky Puppy, Felix Pastorius and members of Kool & The Gang, Trey Anastasio Band and The James Brown Band.
For full disclosure, I did put some TLC into the drumset recently before I took it on the road for professional use.  Long story short…yes, this is a great drumset for kids, and an even better drum set for beginners.  If your drumset for kids is a drumset for kids under 8 years old, I would suggest something smaller like the Ludwig Jr. drum set.

This was the first drumset I owned.  This was a drumset for kids, a true drumset for beginners at the time I purchased this drum kit.  What I didn’t realize is that the Pearl Export Series drum kit was a high quality drum kit that I would be using in my professional career.

While this is not my go to drum kit for professional drumming, it is good to know that if you are looking for a drum set for beginners that can be useful as you improve and perhaps become a professional drummer, this drum set fits the bill.

I will also mention that I think the new Pearl Export Drumsets are sleeker and better made than back when I got one.  They are also a bit more affordable drumsets than they used to be.  Both are great reasons to consider Pearl Export Drumsets.  Even though the Pearl Export Drumsets are mass produced drumsets, they are one of the most popular (possibly the most popular drumset) and best selling drumsets of all time, for a good reason.


9.5 Expert Score

Pearl proudly boasts this as “the best selling drumset of all time” and for many reasons the Pearl Export Drumset has earned that reputation.

  • Well built
  • Great Price
  • Good looking finishes
  • Mass Produced