After a long association, Virgil
parted ways with the Premier Drum Company, and has signed
a new endorsement deal with Pearl. As a lot of people
may be aware, Virgil has been endorsing the Pearl Eliminator
Pedals for the past two years, and now the switch to
Pearl drums as well, seems like a natural progression.
It's expected that the benefits of this deal will accrue
to the ever-growing Virgil Donati fans.
Says Virgil: "I'm thrilled to be playing Pearl Drums,
and I'm excited by the possibilities that this relationship
will open up. My association with Pearl will give me
the opportunity to get out there even more!" Pearl
has made a commitment to bring Virgil's brand of drumming
to more people in more corners of this Planet!
We'll announce the new series that Virgil will be using
in detail in the near future. The gear section will be
updated soon after. Initially, Virgil will be playing
on the Pearl Masters MRX Maple 6-ply along with Sabian
The new VG-1450 Virgil Donati
signature snare drum features a 14” x 5” shell
with 4 outer plies of 100% Maple over 4 inner plies of
100% Birch. The 8 ply shell produces a super bright tone
accentuated even more by the 4 inner plies of Birch.
With a rounded top bearing edge many drummers will find
that they can play this drum wide open without any muffling.
Virgil selected the snare bed used on Pearl’s Philharmonic
snares which provide a totally flat bed within the width
of the snares for ultimate snare response. The drums
impressive styling is capped with Die Cast chrome hoops
and a Smoke Flake finish. Other features include chrome
plated brass tube lugs, ultra-precise Stainless Steel
tension rods and SR-017 Vertical Pull Strainer.
Pictured is the unveiling of Virgil's
signature snare drum at the Winter NAMM show in 2005.