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    Sam Ash close to me has a 5pc for $359 used..with a 22x20 bass drum.

    I currently have a PDP FS Birch set so I'm thinking this is a step up, and sound wise, I like it.

    Anyone else have any thoughts on it?


    since it's going to be a while until I can afford the Saturns, I can still upgrade with minimal out of pocket.

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    The only reservations I would have is the 20" depth bass drum. I'm not sure of the width of a regular sized door opening or how difficult it may be to acquire cases/bags if needed - I think transporting it may be frustrating. I must add - my prejudice against super deep bass drums isn't based on experience - just suspicion and there is a better than even chance that I'm totally wrong.

    If its a stay at home set, or not transported often I'd definitely be interested. I've never heard anything but praise for the Mapex Meridian series and the price seems good.

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    If you have the chance to get it, get it. I picked this up (12", 14", 16",) with a 22" kick for $599. I'd stack it up to my Saturns and Ludwigs. Great product for the price.


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    I used to own a Pro M with the 22x20 bass drum. The meridians were pretty much the same kits with a few cosmetic changes. It was a good kit in terms of build and sound quality. It also looked great. Way prettier than any finish the pdp FS series offered. The only reason that I got rid of it was to offset the cost of buying my Saturns. If I didn't have two kids in daycare at the time, I would have hung on to it as a 2nd kit.
    Mmm... Saturns.

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    I, too, have the Meridian Maple 5 piece "Big Rock" kit. The 20x22 kik is outstanding. Big sound. Any dummer who see and hears this set loves it. For the money, it's a best buy, for sure. I have gigged mine for almost 2 years now. One of the best I have ever had. And that is saying alot after having a set of 1967 Ludwig Super Classic's.
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    If they sound good to you go for it .

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    At that price it's hard to lose.
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    Great drums and that's a great price. Have my kit for about 2 years now.
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    have played a few ..nice kits

    not a huge upgrade but better than a pdp IMHO

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    You absolutely cannot go wrong with Mapex drums. Meridian Maples are amazing sounding drums!
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    thanks for all the responses.....unfortunately, it sold before I could even contact them....oh well....there will be more

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    Figured it wouldn't last very long at that price.

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    WARNING: The following is a totally subjective observation and is not meant to upset anyone or even remotely meant as a statement of fact.
    As we go through our drumming lives we notice some general reactions to different instruments that seem to be somewhat consistent. These aspects of each brand are admittedly not only subjective but wholly reliant on the specific kits we've encountered along the way and their condition, preparation, and brand tier level.
    It may well be total coincidence but when playing drum kits I don't own I've noticed some things I can't so far deny. I've owned Ludwigs, Fibes and dws. Of all the other brands I've played two generalities have garnered my attention; Every set of Pearl drums I've played have impressed me and every set of Mapex drums I've played has disappointed me.
    Again, no offense intended and I accept that it's possible and in fact probable that this is a coincidental factor of careless and/or unskilled preparations and settings.
    I'd love to encounter a Mapex kit that would make me say, "Ah, these are sweet. I knew those other kits were poorly set up.
    Once again, this is a personal observation. I usually stay clear of any negative comments on the forum but guess I feel chatty, or typy today (I play dws these days so I see plenty of them)

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    Nothing wrong with expressing an opinion. We're all the same. One drummer's Maserati is another drummer's Kia. I've never sat behind a DW kit that I've liked. Doesn't make them bad drums. They're just drums that I'd never spend a penny on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noreastbob View Post
    WARNING: The following is a totally subjective observation and is not meant to upset anyone or even remotely meant as a statement of fact.
    As we go through our drumming lives we notice some general reactions to different instruments that seem to be somewhat consistent. These aspects of each brand are admittedly not only subjective but wholly reliant on the specific kits we've encountered along the way and their condition, preparation, and brand tier level.
    It may well be total coincidence but when playing drum kits I don't own I've noticed some things I can't so far deny. I've owned Ludwigs, Fibes and dws. Of all the other brands I've played two generalities have garnered my attention; Every set of Pearl drums I've played have impressed me and every set of Mapex drums I've played has disappointed me.
    Again, no offense intended and I accept that it's possible and in fact probable that this is a coincidental factor of careless and/or unskilled preparations and settings.
    I'd love to encounter a Mapex kit that would make me say, "Ah, these are sweet. I knew those other kits were poorly set up.
    Once again, this is a personal observation. I usually stay clear of any negative comments on the forum but guess I feel chatty, or typy today (I play dws these days so I see plenty of them)
    Fair enough. Having owned a Mapex M and played somebody else's M kit of the same vintage, I can say that set up and tuning definitely matter. I remember the really early Mapex kits and had to overcome my initial impression of them when buying my first kit.
    Mmm... Saturns.

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    Another caveat is that I've only played a few Mapex and they were owned by youngsters and quite q few years ago.
    One truism I hold is that the vast majority of drums can be gotten to sound pretty good. In my experience the higher end drums require less effort and fiddling.
    Also, depending on what you're looking for, some drums are capable of things other drums are not.

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    Amen to that, Bob. Having owned kits ranging from lower mid-level (M) to higher mid-level (Pro M) to pro (Saturn), one of the biggest differences is how much or how little work it takes to dial in a good sound.
    Mmm... Saturns.

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