Mapex Booth at NAMM 2014
Designed for players that want to spend more time playing, and less time tuning, Mapex introduces their new mid-range Armory and Mars series kits. With the development of their new SONIClear Bearing Edge – which allows drumheads to sit flat on the edge of the drum, increasing contact between head and shell and enhancing shell vibration – these drums are producing stronger sounds than ever, with more tonal nuances, and a more centered pitch to make the drums easier to tune.
Along with these new kits, Mapex has also released a tasty new lineup of Armory snare drums. Each offering a unique sound and style just like their Black Panther snares.
Armory Snare Drums at NAMM 2014
1.) Armory Series Drum Sets
Armory kits have hybrid shells – a blend of maple and birch – resulting in “increased brilliance and projection on the rack toms and a fatter and darker punch from the floor toms and bass drum”.
Armory Series Drum Set at NAMM 2014
2.) Mars Series Drum Sets
Mars kits are designed as a no-nonsense, mid-priced drumset, that is of the utmost ease to tune and maintain. Sporting shallow 100% Birch shells, and the SONIClear Bearing Edge, Mapex took design innovations from the Saturn IV line and brought them into the mid-range to raise the bar on mid-level, gig-quality kits.
Mapex Mars Series Drum Set at NAMM 2014
Saturn IV MH Exotic in Natural Ash Burl finish, seen at NAMM 2013
4/9/13 UPDATE: These kits are ready to ship! The first round is in, so order now to get your new Saturn IV MH Drum Set without delay!
One of the more exciting things this year at NAMM was the revamp of Mapex’s popular Saturn Series of Drum Sets. Mapex kept the best things about these kits, including the Maple-Walnut hybrid shells, and added sweet new features like the SONIClear tom suspension, SONIClear floor tom legs and 11 amazing new finishes!
Check out the finishes from the Saturn IV MH Exotic line below, featuring an outer ply of exotic wood veneer with Black Chrome Hardware:
|Deep Water Ash Burl – SSL
||Natural Ash Burl – SNL
|Satin Black Maple Burl – KFB
||Cherry Mist Rosewood Burl – RLE
| Transparent Ash Burl Burst – SWV
And 6 new color finishes from the Saturn IV MH Series:
|Marine Spiral – MA
||Red/Blue Hybrid Sparkle – PH
|Transparent Espresso Walnut – TW
||Strata Red – PC
|Merlot Burst – CL
||Granite Sparkle – PH
These two floor toms deliver some powerful low-end!
Saturn IV MH Marine Spiral finish, seen at NAMM 2013
Mapex Saturn IV MH Exotic in Satin Black Maple Burl finish, at NAMM 2013
The new Saturn IV MH Series is available in 6 different configurations for each the Saturn IV MH and Saturn IV MH Exotic. With over 20 separate component drums available for special order, the possibilities are endless!
Deep Water Ash Burl finish
These Mapex Saturn IV MH Drum Sets are
coming in the door any day NOW AVAILABLE, so head over to our Drum Sets to order today!
14 to choose from, each designed to PERFECTION (click above to hear)
Every drummer deserves a snare drum that they absolutely love. Its easily the most important element in any drum set, and if you haven’t found your dream snare yet, LISTEN UP! Mapex has worked closely with their drum design team and a panel of international Mapex Artists to craft a line of hand-built, hand-finished premium snare drums that are each the product of decades of expertise. Whatever sound you’re looking for, you can find a perfect match in one of their fourteen pristine models. Whether you want the dark, dry, sensitive sound of the 6-ply Maple Fastback or the bright, open, loud sound of the 1mm Steel-bodied Machete, they have a snare drum that will make you say “Oh yeah, that’s the one!”. We’ve already sold through a bunch, and everyone agrees that these snares are sonically, and stylistically, some of the finest ever made! Give them a look (and a listen) on our Black Panther Snare Drums product pages, and discover your dream snare today!