Quality of Recent Mapex Drums

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I know that in the 90's they were a lower quality drum company. But from what I have read recently they seem to have lifted their game and make some professional level drums.
I heard some demos on the Black Widow and the drum seems to be very well made and sounds fine.
Does anyone have any opinions on this snare
 

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I don’t know anything about the black widow. A friend of mine has Mapex Velvetone kit with snare and it is really nicely made kit and sounds and looks great . The Versatus snares designed by Russ Miller sound great too .

Mapex has been very innovative with their design lab kits and combinations of woods used in their shells, new bearing edge design and that unique magnetic Tom mount . There are lots of things to like Mapex for .
 

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I'd even move down a few Lines to the Mars in 18 (add a 12) 10, 14 in that driftwood..

Look great fair price what's not to like They are the Kia/Hyundai ...and you know
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Switch the color/finish on the sets/ it's easy to do/ at the website(which someone was complaining about 2 weeks ago) I think the lower Mars line is where it's at..
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nice alternative to one's hi-end set for the not-so-nice gigs.
 
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Almost bought a Velvetone snare. Nice.

And I was thinking that a bop kit in driftwood laminate would be perfect for all those Napa Valley winery gigs I haven’t been playing.
 

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the lower line Mars in the Driftwood finish in a jazz config remind me of the Italian Hollywood sets of the early 70s we never saw..
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I would stay with the established brands (Gretsch, Ludwig, etc) for a high end snare and or high end set.
but in the lower to mid low market they are attractive. I would skip the hi end.
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That's $549 shipped. Add an 8X12, dbl. tom mount, and maybe a second FT 16X14 (and then it's $700)
And will look like something Elvin Jones used on tour in France in the early 70s.. semi-Exotic.

 
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I'd even move down a few Lines to the Mars in 18 (add a 12) 10, 14 in that driftwood..

Look great fair price what's not to like They are the Kia/Hyundai ...and you know
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Switch the color/finish on the sets/ it's easy to do/ at the website(which someone was complaining about 2 weeks ago) I think the lower Mars line is where it's at..
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nice alternative to one's hi-end set for the not-so-nice gigs.
Love the Kia/Hyundai comparison.

Come to America, sell just enough mediocre, throw-away cars and eventually you can make some quality stuff. My only problem with that is it will always be a Kia, who will always sell cars from $15K to 80K and your left explaining to friends that "hey, it's the top-of-the-line Kia man!!!" That will be the Mapex problem, it will never shed it's first product reputation fully.
 

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I have a Saturn III kit from 2011 and the fit and finish is excellent. Also have a 2009 BLack Panther Premium Snare (Maple & Cherry) and again the build quality is superb.
Here is an AMAZING video of Lee Pearson on a Saturn III......Listen to that kit!


 

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I have a Saturn III kit from 2011 and the fit and finish is excellent. Also have a 2009 BLack Panther Premium Snare (Maple & Cherry) and again the build quality is superb.
Here is an AMAZING video of Lee Pearson on a Saturn III......Listen to that kit!


Wow! Total badass. Thanks!

Dan
 

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I have a Saturn III kit from 2011 and the fit and finish is excellent. Also have a 2009 BLack Panther Premium Snare (Maple & Cherry) and again the build quality is superb.
Here is an AMAZING video of Lee Pearson on a Saturn III......Listen to that kit!


That is one of the most phenomenal drum solos I’ve ever seen.
 

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I have a Saturn III kit from 2011 and the fit and finish is excellent. Also have a 2009 BLack Panther Premium Snare (Maple & Cherry) and again the build quality is superb.
Here is an AMAZING video of Lee Pearson on a Saturn III......Listen to that kit!


That's damn near a musical instrument!
 

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Yeah, I wouldn't turn down a Saturn kit if one came my way.
 

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I wouldn't say that Mapex was ever a lower quality drum line; I would say that they started out like most Asian drum companies by making drums that aimed for the entry-level market. Entry-level doesn't have to mean low quality, and the quality of the first Mapex kits was just fine. They've done a great job of building up their lines, and the quality is right up there with pretty much everyone else from what I've seen, and has been for quite a few years.
 

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doesn't some guy here on the forum have a barn full of this stuff.....................
 

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Love the Kia/Hyundai comparison.

Come to America, sell just enough mediocre, throw-away cars and eventually you can make some quality stuff. My only problem with that is it will always be a Kia, who will always sell cars from $15K to 80K and your left explaining to friends that "hey, it's the top-of-the-line Kia man!!!" That will be the Mapex problem, it will never shed it's first product reputation fully.

Just like Yamaha, Tama and Pearl never did.
Or did they?
 

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I used the search engine for you and found a good, in-depth thread about recent Mapex drums.

The quality level is very high if judging by their recent snares. I bought a 2020 Black Panther Shadow (walnut/birch) snare awhile ago and it exceeded my expectations.

The notion that they’re associated with marginal, mid-line and lower quality drums is bogus, IMO. I don’t remember a time when that was the case.

Here’s the thread I’m talking about.

https://www.drumforum.org/threads/mapex-high-end-offerings-new-demos.178252/
 
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