My 6-piece Deep Forest Walnut Mapex kit for sale. Includes all hardware and Zildjian cymbals. I never traveled with them. Studio work only. I'll take pictures if interested. No cases. ABSOLUTELY A GREAT SOUNDING KIT!!!!ok... I've gone through this thread's postings, and looked at the Mapex website, and parsed a couple of older catalogs... Incorporating feedback to date, here's what I've come up with as a version 2 of the Mapex Quality rankings (below).
To me, it seems there are three general clusters, and within a cluster, it can be argued that some models are roughly "parallel" in terms of construction, quality and sound. Following what Mapex does on their website, the sequence across models is "Pro" to "Entry" levels.
I started the thread to try and understand where a given model/series fit into the Mapex universe, e.g., when looking at ebay for possible drum additions.
Further input, enhancement, tweaks welcomed!
Revised Mapex Product Line Sort-of Hierarchy
Three General Clusters - Drum Kit Lines
[SIZE=10pt]Sequence across clusters is Pro to Entry levels for Drum Kits. Snare drums... for another day![/SIZE]
[SIZE=10pt]Within a cluster, construction/ materials quality/sound may be very, very close[/SIZE].
[SIZE=10pt] Blue font = current lines as of August 2014[/SIZE]
Black Panther // earlier Black Panther specialty kits (satin finish, birds eye maple)
Orion (maple; maple/burlwood outer)
Saturn IV // Saturn (maple/walnut ?or birch/walnut) // Saturn Pro (basswood/maple)
Deep Forest specialty kit (limited production; walnut or cherry shells)
Mapex US Maples (circa mid-1990’s)
Meridian (maple or birch)
MyDentity (Meridian shells, maple or birch; wraps only, no lacquer finishes)
Orion Orbiter – maple w/ Pro M hardware (circa 2004)
Pro M (originally all basswood with inner/outer maple, then to all maple)
Mars (current line; birch)
Horizon (basswood/birch or birch)
M (maple or birch)
Horizon II (poplar; wraps only); 2014 UK site - See: http://mapex.co.uk/drums/horizon2
Voyager (basswood and later, poplar)
Tornado by Mapex (basswood; wraps only); 2014 UK site - See: http://mapex.co.uk/drums/tornado
VX Plasma (basswood)
Q (basswood? circa 2003)