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  1. #2826

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    Quote Originally Posted by inthpktplayer View Post
    Mapex is introducing new line of snare drums? Anyone have any details?
    I saw there were additions to the BP snares & a new Armory snare.

    The Black Panther Design Lab series:

    Mapex is proud to announce the Black Panther Design Lab series snare drums. These professional level snares were developed with the performance needs of top players in mind and engineered to blend sound and performance with modern design.

    The Mapex Black Panther Design Lab Series embodies the performance qualities desired by top players. These distinctive instruments have been engineered using the Design Lab’s “Concept Hybrid” approach to sound design, shell composition and drum construction. Our understanding of how different tone woods, bearing edge profiles, counterhoop styles, lug casings, snare wires, drumheads and even shell finishes can affect the acoustic performance of a drum has allowed Mapex to combine “Sound Concepts” to create unique and personal instruments for the demanding player.

    There are four distinct Black Panther Design Lab Snares:

    The Equinox 14” Snare features a North American Maple shell, reinforcement rings and the classic styling of single-flanged hoops which evoke musical traditions and modern execution. This drum possesses the controlled articulation needed to hear the most subtle ghost notes coupled with a bright and open presence at full volume.

    The Heartbreaker 14” Snare is constructed of an all-mahogany shell and reinforcement rings which blend historic snare drum tone with modern snare design. It combines the dark, rustic and throaty sounds of rock classics, but easily fits with today’s more organic alternative styles.

    The Cherry Bomb 14” and 13” Snares are a re-imagined and optimized version of the original Cherry Bomb snare. The Design Lab Cherry Bomb is crafted with a medium-thick Cherrywood shell. The soft density of Cherry absorbs higher overtones, delivering a warm, focused tone and a punchy backbeat. It sounds and feels vintage but is built with modern precision, reliability and function.

    Each of the new Black Panther Design Lab Snares are built with the Mapex 10-lug hoops, Puresound premium snare wires, Cylinder-Drive Strainer, and SONIClear Bearing edges.
    The new Armory Series Sabre Snare is 14x5.5, with a 6.15mm Maple/Walnut Hybrid (7-Ply) shell - so basically the Peacemaker in black.
    Mapex Armory - Photon Blue
    Mapex VXB kit - Transparent Black
    Mapex & Pearl snares
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  2. #2827

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    I feel like Mapex are kinda loosing "it"

    a lot of slight changes (sometimes not good changes) and rebadging going on with snares

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    Man I am really salivating over this Saturn, love the older badges and miss my old Saturn I had a few years back plus the yellow sparkle has always beein gorgeous IMO. Problem is I have a great Premier Elite, and a decent sonor 2007 with a 20" kick but am not blown away by the kick so I am thinking maybe if I can get this saturn for $600 I could then sell the 2007 for $400 or so? hmmmmmmmmapex yellow.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
    Man I am really salivating over this Saturn, love the older badges and miss my old Saturn I had a few years back plus the yellow sparkle has always beein gorgeous IMO. Problem is I have a great Premier Elite, and a decent sonor 2007 with a 20" kick but am not blown away by the kick so I am thinking maybe if I can get this saturn for $600 I could then sell the 2007 for $400 or so? hmmmmmmmmapex yellow.jpg
    I would do it in a heartbeat.

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    im trying to sell a saturn but with better shell sizes and a better finish

    payed $1000 I cant get $300 for it FML

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchie View Post
    im trying to sell a saturn but with better shell sizes and a better finish

    payed $1000 I cant get $300 for it FML
    There are better shell sizes and finishes? I have noticed Saturns resale value has gone done quite a bit since I sold mine about 5 years ago. Must be all the changes and those new badges which I personally hate.. Love the new finishes and the sound edge bearing blah blah blah but they should really ditch that new logo IMO.

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  7. #2832

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    I joined the Mapex family in an big way with a brand new 7pc Mapex Saturn V in red Strata Pearl! I got 8x7, 10x7, 12x8, 13x10, 16x14 & 22x18! I am truly in drum love!!!
    -Tama Starclassic Birch/Bubinga (10x8, 12x9, 14x12, 16x14, 22x18)
    -Mapex Saturn V (8x7, 10x7, 12x8, 13x10, 16x14, 22x18)
    -Pearl Mixed Series kit (8x7, 10x8, 15x12, 20x14)
    -Brady Jarrah Ply 8x14
    -HHG Purpleheart/Cherry Stave 7x14
    -HHG Red Birch Stave 7x14
    -Pearl Reference 6.5x13 (20 ply)
    -Pearl Masters MCX 5.5x14
    -Pearl Steel (Pre-Sensitone) 6.5x14
    -Ayotte Stainless Steel 5.5x14
    -Premier (African Mahogany with Beech Re-rings) 8x14
    -Meinl Custom Classics Dark
    -Paiste 2002, 602, Rude

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    the blue galaxy finish and a 22x18 kick

    imho better finish and a better size kick drum

    saturn 4 is better than saturn 5 ..like lots of things its personal taste

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchie View Post
    the blue galaxy finish and a 22x18 kick

    imho better finish and a better size kick drum

    saturn 4 is better than saturn 5 ..like lots of things its personal taste
    I got a mixture of both saturn 4 and 5. I agree about the badges but hey, oh well! I should be getting my 8x8 tom next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerMD View Post
    I got a mixture of both saturn 4 and 5. I agree about the badges but hey, oh well! I should be getting my 8x8 tom next month.
    Gorgeous.............Still not a fan of the badges............but they are better than the previous one

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    Quote Originally Posted by longgun View Post
    Gorgeous.............Still not a fan of the badges............but they are better than the previous one
    Update: Just got a email from the store that ordered my 8X8 Saturn ash burl tom w/FedEx tracking num. I've been waiting since Nov. 2015! They (Mapex) better have it right this time!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerMD View Post
    Update: Just got a email from the store that ordered my 8X8 Saturn ash burl tom w/FedEx tracking num. I've been waiting since Nov. 2015! They (Mapex) better have it right this time!!!
    Woohoo. Let's hope!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
    Man I am really salivating over this Saturn, love the older badges and miss my old Saturn I had a few years back plus the yellow sparkle has always beein gorgeous IMO. Problem is I have a great Premier Elite, and a decent sonor 2007 with a 20" kick but am not blown away by the kick so I am thinking maybe if I can get this saturn for $600 I could then sell the 2007 for $400 or so? hmmmmmmmmapex yellow.jpg
    That yellow sparkle finish is GORGEOUS! Wouldn't that look great on stage under lights?

    I agree with everybody else on the new badge design - awkward and odd looking. Not at all classy like the earlier Sats.

    Mapex has made tremendous leaps in quality over the years. I bought a brand new set of Saturns when Mapex first appeared on the scene. I think I kept that kit for only a few months. I worked in a music store at the time, and despite trying every head configuration that we had in the store, I just could not make them sing. Once Mapex made a change in wood type, though, the drums really came alive, and remain to this day one of the best series in the price range.

    As for Mapex being in a funk, isn't that true of drum manufacturers in general? Over the last twenty years or so we've seen incredible developments in hardware, fixtures, shell technologies, finishes, and practically everything that a drum set consists of. Today, once a surprisingly-low-dollar threshold has been met, there are practically NO bad drums or hardware.

    Where does that leave manufacturers and designers once the apex of drum-making has been achieved? Try another bearing edge angle? Invent a drum that changes its own heads? Create a snare drum that cannot go out of tune - once somebody figures out what "in tune" means?

    Where do they go from here? I have NO idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerMD View Post
    Just got a email from the store that ordered my 8X8 Saturn ash burl tom w/FedEx tracking num. I've been waiting since Nov. 2015!
    That's absurd !
    All drum-makers should be able to deliver within 6 months.
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    My Gretsch kit took 6 months almost to the date I put in my order. Two years for a 8x8" tom? Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by late8 View Post
    My Gretsch kit took 6 months almost to the date I put in my order.
    I can testify the same was true in 1977.
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    I can finally close the chapter on my Saturn 8x8 tom I have it safe and in good hands! I'll post picks of my full set in the future, rack mounted, I think since I haven't done it yet. Right now I'm finishing my custom catalina Gretsch mod 'Black Widow' set right now.Working on final touches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerMD View Post
    I can finally close the chapter on my Saturn 8x8 tom I have it safe and in good hands! I'll post picks of my full set in the future, rack mounted, I think since I haven't done it yet. Right now I'm finishing my custom catalina Gretsch mod 'Black Widow' set right now.Working on final touches.
    Congrats Doc! Can't wait to see the 8x8" on the Mapex kit. Now you got my curiosity up...Catalina Gretsch mod huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchie View Post
    saturn 4 is better than saturn 5 ..like lots of things its personal taste
    Why do you say this?
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    I'd be interested to know as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodeska View Post
    I saw there were additions to the BP snares & a new Armory snare.

    The Black Panther Design Lab series:



    The new Armory Series Sabre Snare is 14x5.5, with a 6.15mm Maple/Walnut Hybrid (7-Ply) shell - so basically the Peacemaker in black.
    The Tomahawk snare is supposed to be amazing but I haven't gotten to play one yet. I don't know about the other new editions. I think part of the reason behind all the snare changes is that their new Armory kit comes with a Tomahawk but if you don't like it you can change it out for any other Armory snare.
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    ten years old and still rock solid like day one

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
    Why do you say this?
    meant to actually say 3 is better than 4 and its because i don't like the newer lug design .

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchie View Post
    meant to actually say 3 is better than 4 and its because i don't like the newer lug design .
    You know,itchie I totally agree. I was ready to pull the trigger on one (a 3), but someone beat me to it! It was on line and the one thing that caught my eye was the tom mount and lug design. I like the way you could take the mounts off and on easily. I bet you could take the mounts off the bottom of your fl/tom and put them on top and suspend it on a rack. I love options like that! The newer ones you can't. The second thing was the finish. I'm not a sparkle person myself,but it was baby blue,sort of different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchie View Post


    ten years old and still rock solid like day one
    Looks awesome!
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