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Old 03-06-2017, 08:42 PM
irakliszs irakliszs is offline
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Default Please help me to identify these saturns!

Hello there!
I was just about ready to order a brand new set of Saturn Vs, when this ad poped up in the local craigslist. I cannot find old photos of saturns nor have any knowledge of the badges used whatsoever.

http://smart.noiz.gr/details.php?id=249146

Can you guys help me identify this set? And also, generally old saturns were as good as new ones? I read about a line named "saturn pro". Maybe that was the top line back then, so these drums above are just plain "saturns"... Please help!

Thank you very much in advance!
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:27 AM
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I believe that version came out in the early 90s. Before the maple/walnut shells that everyone seems to love (I've never played either). I think that was the first version after they switched to the tube lugs, from the long cast lugs. I forget the composition of those shells. I have a Mapex brochure from 97 though, and those Saturns (Saturn Pro) are a described as having "7-ply composite shell featuring mahogany core with maple inner and outer plies".
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:48 AM
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Thanks a lot for the reply!

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I have a Mapex brochure from 97 though, and those Saturns (Saturn Pro) are a described as having "7-ply composite shell featuring mahogany core with maple inner and outer plies".
So these are just Saturns, or "Saturn Pro" series? Were there different series at the time?
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:35 AM
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They're drums. You put heads on them and hit them with sticks...
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:30 AM
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They're drums. You put heads on them and hit them with sticks...
Sounds kind of primitive.


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Old 03-07-2017, 10:10 AM
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Thanks a lot for the reply!



So these are just Saturns, or "Saturn Pro" series? Were there different series at the time?
The badge just says Saturn, so I'd go with that ;-b

I'm not sure what the "Pro" designation was supposed to indicate in the Saturn line. Looking through my old Mapex brochures, it seems that while Mars and Mars Pro (the "Pro" designation meant better heads, suspension mounted toms, and wood snare) were offered at the same time, I only ever see one kind of Saturn in any given catalog. Same goes for Orion and Orion Classic.

Another new twist... The 2000 catalog had Saturn Pros, but lists the shells as maple and basswood.
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Old 03-07-2017, 03:56 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys! Really helped me out. Seems they are quality drums even though they are old.
I'll have to check the condition now and maybe I'll pull the trigger!
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