Yes better to stick with a company that continually goes out of business every other year.Because I've supported "my team" for about 30-35 years, it's time I purchased a new Premier kit. Especially since Premier has new US distribution and new UK owner who both seem to legitimately understand and respect the lineage of the company.
If I purchased a new kit made here in the US, it would be a Noble and Cooley solid maple, an A&F or another Montineri maple.
You couldn't pay me enough to play a Mapex.
You sound a lot like another Mapex enthusiast on this forum.Such a good question.
Owning 3 kits, studio, gig, and a mini-gig kit, I really have every base covered as far as both need and purpose. It’s a great place to be I won’t lie.
If I were buying a kit today it would definitely be used. Too many stellar kits out there with almost no wear to justify new.
It would probably be a second gigging kit, 20” bass drum (I’ve never owned one), and in all honesty it would probably be a 3rd Mapex kit.
I have just never heard a kit I liked better. I’ve heard awesome kits that weren’t Mapex sure, but not 1, at any price, I would trade my Saturns for based on performance.
I’d be happy to own kits from Yamaha, DW, Ludwig, Premier, Sonor, and probably be completely happy with them.
But honestly when I look over my Maple/Walnut Saturns, their hardware, build quality, I just don’t see where to go from here. They are a far better set of drums than I am a player.
New drums? I guess I’m done buying drums. I just play em now.
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It’s totally cool, actually. I’ve heard nothing but accolades for the Saturns. Have you ever played a Starclassic Walnut/Birch? I’m asking because that’s the most obvious competitor for the Saturns and for some reason the Saturns don’t have anywhere near the same resale value. I’ve played the W/B and was impressed but never tried a Saturn, so any feedback from your side would be great.Eh, so be it.
I have played an older Star Classic kit, about a decade ago. I honestly don’t know if it was a Walnut or Birch or Bubinga. It sounded great, not much more one could ask for if memory serves. But I just don’t remember being moved enough to buy it. Went through that with a lot of high end kits during that period when I was searching for that kit that spoke to me.Have you ever played a Starclassic Walnut/Birch?
Can’t argue with that. Glad you found your ideal kit and that’s what I’ve read again and again from other Saturn owners. I did look at one in the deep water burl finish a few years ago but went a different route, still not sure why.I have played an older Star Classic kit, about a decade ago. I honestly don’t know if it was a Walnut or Birch or Bubinga. It sounded great, not much more one could ask for if memory serves. But I just don’t remember being moved enough to buy it. Went through that with a lot of high end kits during that period when I was searching for that kit that spoke to me.
I bought a Questlove kit and it was garbage. Returned it the next day. If you want a small quality kit, get a Yamaha Stage Custom bop kit (18” bass drum) or a PDP New Yorker (16” bass drum).I would buy a Ludwig Questlove Breakbeat kit,
in shiny solid black wrap.
I've read so many good reviews about
that kit, in my mind I perceive it to be
a very punchy kit if I set it up with the
right heads for a tight wet Rock sound.
The size of the kick alone won me over.
You're reading this from a Tama guy!