Pearl Carbonply Maple Drumset

PERIOD OF USE: From mid-2000 to late 2005

Finish: Carbon fiber
Hoops: Die-cast
Hardware color: Black
Material: 4-ply maple with inner and outer layer of carbon fiber
Sizes: 8"x8", 10"x8", 12"x8", 13"x8" rack toms, 14"x14", 16"x14", 18"x14", 16"x16", 18"x16" floor toms, 24"x16", 24"x18" bass drums
Other notes: None.

Carbonply Maple Set

"For my carbonply maple set as well, I had the opportunity to play one before they were on the market, and from the start I was very interested. At that time, for me it felt like I had exhausted the possibilities within Pearl for using maple as a wood for drums, but this new material, carbon, was very attractive. Because of that, once it hit the market I quickly acquired one.... and I used it as my main for a fairly long time, wouldn't you say? As a drum, since the feel of maple is light and soft, and carbon is much more tough, it has a higher tolerance and tuning and such is very easy. If you're going on dozens of tours, sooner or later all that tuning will wear you out. But, for carbon, even if you don't tune it closely, it has more than one "sweet spot." My set is the older model, the shell is a thin 4-ply rather than the ones they're selling now which are 6-plies. That affects the sound to make it rather sharp. Attack, nuances and such come out sharply, followed by low overtones. You definitely can't say the sound is bright but I think it's a good sound with a wide range."

- Sakura, in February 2006 article of Rhythm and Drums magazine. Translated by James Chertudi.

Although he used his carbonply maple set for nearly as long as his first MR set, it only went through a few basic variations in that time. I have tried to include each of them in the pictures below.

This is the basic set-up for 2000 and early 2001.

As ZIGZO approached its end, Sakura added a few more toms to the set. These pictures are from his instructional drumming book, DRUMSWORKS QUICK REFERENCE. It can be seen in ZIGZO's THE LAST SCENE DVD.

Upon joining SOAP, Sakura used this set-up for the majority of their tours. It can be seen in the BUBBLE FESTiVAL 2003 DVD.

In 2004 Sakura added the 8" tom and a few more cymbals and used this through the end of SOAP. It can be seen in the SSJBF DVD.