This weekend is your LAST CHANCE to purchase any Design Lab Snare and receive a FREE online lesson with a Mapex Art h December 29, on. the Mapex Saturn IV line that will provide pro-level performance to players . Colors shown in this catalog are representative only, and may not be exactly the . MPX-MARS Colors shown in this catalog are representative only, and may not be exactly the same as the original. No part of this catalog may be reprinted.

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Mapex has been in the drum making industry since Mapex produces seven different lines of drums: In years past caalogo V catapogo Pro M series were called the Venus and Mars series, in keeping with the tradition of naming the kits after planets. However, the quality of these series have changed since they dropped the old names.

For a short time Mapex also offered the “Deep Forest” line of drums, built entirely out of Walnut or Cherry plies, as well as the Aquiles Priester signature drum kit. Mapex is also associated with Falcon pedals, Black Panther snare drums and kits, and Tornado starter kits. These entry-level, yet highly regarded kits have improved their lugs, mounts, badges and bass drum claws.

A newly available Mapex cymbal pack is optional with any of these kits. The Meridian Maple series feature 7-ply, 5. They also feature Mapex 2.

The Meridian Birch features 6-ply, 7. The hoops on the Birch line 1. It is a common misconception among customers even among some Mapex retailers that these two lines of drums are similar and share the same features.

The Maple line has several higher end features taken from the previous Pro-M line and the Birch line carries forward the M-Birch features. These two lines sharing the same first name of “Meridian” is probably the cause of this misconception. These two series are Mapex’s most popular series of drums. This level of customization is usually only found in high-end drum lines.


The Saturn line is constructed of maple and walnut the oldest lines were made of basswood instead of walnut. The kit is constructed of 6 plies of wood for a shell thickness of 5. It shares a number of options with both the Mars and Orion line, but is not available with birdseye maple plies. Saturn kits come in a variety of lacquer and wrap finishes including bursts, sparkles and fades and come with the option of black or chrome hardware.

Although they are priced as midrange drums, they are considered a fully professional kit and used by recording artists such as Chris Adler from Lamb of Godwho recently switched over to the new Black Panther line of drums. Mapex built Limited Edition kits only, and a limited number of the SE kits as well. Mapex had taken the rich sonic characteristics of walnut and combined them with the bright and articulate punch of birch. The result is a drum shell that projects a fusion of depth and clarity.

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The relative rarity of the LE and SE kits is increasing their value and they are considered by some to be the finest Saturn kits ever made. This new edge allows the drumhead to sit flatter and brings out an improved response by optimizing the relationship between head and shell. The Orion Series is an all-maple 6. It is Mapex’s flagship series and is also the most versatile kit available from Mapex as each kit can only be ordered by components.

No preconfigured kits are available. It is available with Chrome, Black Nickel and kt. For the duration of the Orion’s inner “plies” were identical to the all-maple Pro-M’s inner plies, the difference being the outer “finish” ply. The Orion received Mapex’s figured birdseye maple or other such exotic wood finishes, while the Pro-M received regular North American maple finish ply.

With the exception of the 15th Anniversary edition Pro-M with a production run of worldwide, this set was given the figured Birdseye Maple finish of the Orion in Autumn or Jade Fade. The overall shell thicknesses for both the Orion and the early Pro-Ms of – were identical at 6. This was the case only till early when production changed at the factory in Tianjin. All Pro-Ms received a changed ply configuration and thickness resulting in an overall shell thickness of 5.


The Orions are actually priced lower than most of their high-end market competition. The exotic burl finish is not common with other high-end drum companies at the same price point.

As of early the Orion line was discontinued.

This left the Black Panther kits as the top Mapex line available. Building on the foundations of the very successful Black Panther line of snares, Mapex introduced limited editions of drumkits based on those snares.


As of Aprilfour models were produced: Mapex kits also come with Remo drumheads. The difference is in the construction of the head. Whereas the US heads were made using a poured channel technique, the China heads were crimped. The aluminium hoop was folded over a steel ring that is inserted in the U-channel to hold the film in place. Cxtalogo inSaturns and Orions came with Remo Emperor heads on the toms and clear Ambassadors for the resonant heads.

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