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Old 02-12-2014, 08:34 PM
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Default MIJ Pearl cymbals from the 80s

Anyone know anything about these? In particular I am wondering about composition. I have two HH pairs - some Red Label CX-900 and Green Label CX-500. I can not figure out what metal they are - but worst yet, can not decide which to keep and what to sell! It is just killing me!

Please no comments or questions about Canada or Sabian or whoever / wherever they are made now. I am talking about the MIJ ones from the 80s before Pearl threw in the towel in regards to making their own cymbals.

I will post pics soon.....

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Old 02-15-2014, 03:48 AM
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Default Re: MIJ Pearl cymbals from the 80s

Brass. The green ink CX- 500 at least; have an 18 China. Not bad "cymbal" actually
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:49 AM
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Default Re: MIJ Pearl cymbals from the 80s

BTW,the CX900 is the Pearl's top of the line cymbals.
They made from B8 and also available with "Wild" finish (similiar to Paiste's RUDE,but less brutal).
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:36 AM
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Default Re: MIJ Pearl cymbals from the 80s

Well after about 22 hours of uploading - my new video is up featuring MIJ Pearl HHs - CX-500 and CX-900. I finally got my adapter in the mail and from now on, the audio on all my videos will come out of BOTH SPEAKERS! (though not technically stereo).



I am also attaching some pics taken of these cymbals. ALL THESE PICS ARE OF THE CX-900 top.

Some were taken during the cleaning process. I used Bar Keepers Friend and indeed when exposed to the air - within minutes the gold started forming again (I am sure you will be able to notice it). But - once I dried it well, the gold has not returned. The bell pics appear to be B8, though the color of the finish and the sound certainly suggest B20 or something in between?
At any rate - the video also shows some good looks at these - and we finally have some good video of these cymbals online for all to discover during research. My sincere thank you to Chuck (user kckelly) for the CX-900 HHs!
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:18 PM
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Default Re: MIJ Pearl cymbals from the 80s

20'' ride in cashies the other day for 20 bucks, damn decent looking cymbal, pity i have plenty of.
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:18 PM
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Default Re: MIJ Pearl cymbals from the 80s

20 inch What? also, in cashies?

I actually have a CB700 Ride - that was likely made by Pearl, as it says right on there Made in Japan. It is much like the CX-500, though the label is not green, it is black. I will add a pic of it here. The finish on it is very much like the CX-500 as well.
This CB-700 is dry, nice sounding, like a ZBT but heavier and a bit more complex. Likely B8 I suppose.It is the CX-900 that I question the composition more than the CX-500 - though I wish we could discover some literature that informs us about them. It wasn't THAT long ago. Certainly memories could suffice, so long as they were accurately informed.
See attached pics of the CB-700. Need to clean it.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:46 AM
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Default Re: MIJ Pearl cymbals from the 80s

BTW,the CB700 was previously built by Tosco from 1974 to 1983.
After they made by Pearl,the CB700 was made in China.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:13 PM
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Yes, aware of the Tosco connection and have several of those (indeed for sale too).
Meanwhile, you have any proof of China? I see Taiwan.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...E:B:SS:US:3160

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Old 04-05-2014, 09:58 PM
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One thing about CX-900's,they are actually made by Sabian.
The difference is,the Pearl OEM version have traditional finish,the Sabian version is have brilliant finish.
Here is the link(in Japanese):
http://www.maroon.dti.ne.jp/miura/ht...balsabian.html
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:26 AM
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Those are specifically the WILD series. My hats (and other CX-900s I have seen) were MIJ (ink stamped on the cymbal). It is intriguing as I believe that modern Pearl cymbals are indeed made in Canada (please confirm if you or anyone knows).

Perhaps all of the Wild series were produced by Sabian? Common belief is that Paiste made them since they look so similar to the Rudes - but this appears to be proof that Sabian likely made them. Wonder if we could confirm this.

I don't believe we are contradicting each other at all. Thank so much for the link! Awesome info - very insightful and intriguing!
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