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Old 09-30-2007, 03:04 PM
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Default My Mapex Kit - Updated!

Hey everyone! Been a few months since I last posted on here. Its been a busy few months on the purchasing front but a very good few months and I'm very happy with the investments I've made and the way my kit has turned out!

So far I have:

- Replaced my Sabian Solar 16" Crash with a Zildjian A Custom 17" Projection Crash
- Replaced my Sabian Solar 18" China with a Zildjian A Custom 20" China
- Replaced my Sabian Solar 10" Splash with a Zildjian A Custom 8" Splash

The A Custom cymbals are probably the nicest sounding cymbals I've played with - extremely bright sound and they look great too!

I've also got a few replacement bits on the hardware front - 2 new snare stands, and an extra Mapex Boom cymbal stand.

I've also been experimenting with different heads on my snare drums. On my main 14" snare - I've gone from Stock heads to Remo Emperor heads, to Remo Powerstroke 4 and I'm currently at the Remo Emperor X series - which I am definately sticking with! It gives the nicest crack of any snare skin I've had on this drum. On my 12" offset Black Panther I've gone from Stock heads to Emperor to Powerstroke 4 - I am very happy with this head and I've tuned it to give a higher pitch crack.

And last but not least...I have treated my posterior to a new PDP drum throne which is extremely comfortable!

Anyway enough with the words here are some pics! Let me know what you think! Cheers guys :-D



















And my selection of sticks:



Btw forgive the random date on my cam - these photos were taken today haha
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:59 PM
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Default Re: My Mapex Kit - Updated!

Nice improvements :-).
What are the specs of the rest of your kit, and what kind of hats are those, studio? If so, how do you like them and do they meet up to the standards of your newest invenstments or are AAX hats not really top-level cymbals?
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Old 09-30-2007, 04:08 PM
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Default Re: My Mapex Kit - Updated!

Thanks man.

Rest of kit specs:

22" x 18" Bass Drum
14" x 5.5 Main Snare
12" x 7 Offset Black Panther
12" x 9" & 13" x 10" Mounted toms
16" x 16" floor tom

Cymbals:

14" Sabian AAX Studio Hi-hats
16" Sabian AAX Studio Crash
20" Sabian AAX Studio Ride

Sonor (can't remember what model - it was about 170 when I bought it 2 years ago) double bass pedal

Remo Emperor heads on batter side on Toms, stock resonant heads (will replace these with clear emperors sometime). Stock Bass drum heads (batter head will be replaced with a Remo PowerSonic soon).

As for the studio hats - they sound really really nice. The studio crash is great too. The only cymbal I honestly want to replace is the Studio ride. It is just not pronounced enough for me - it sounds more like a crash/ride in my opinion, and the bell isn't very powerful. Its a lovely cymbal and will do for the time being but I want something a bit beefier - I'm looking at getting a Meinl MB10 Bell Blast ride or a A Custom Ping Ride. The hats and AAX crash are lovely though :-)

Cheers,

Ant :-)
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Old 09-30-2007, 04:09 PM
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Very nice kit and setup! Just a shame you abandoned the drums in the garage :(!
All round, nice Mapex :D
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Old 09-30-2007, 04:31 PM
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Default Re: My Mapex Kit - Updated!

I know....its terrible :(

They used to be in the house but parents needed the room unfortunately. I've had plans to revamp the garage into a proper chill-out drum area and get it soundproofed and stuff but other commitments with work and stuff have prevented me from fulfilling them!

Cheers for the comment though :-D
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:57 AM
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Just wait until you get those res. heads replaced. The sound will be amazing. These were the first things I replaced on my Pro M kit.
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:10 AM
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Awesome kit man! I like the setup and also the cymbal selection, and that's coming from a dyed in the wool Paiste guy, heh heh!

What type of double pedal are you using? I'm not familiar enough with all the brands to recognize that one without a brand name on it....
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:24 AM
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Be careful with those aheads. They'll crack your cymbals like a old woman's legs on ice.
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:11 PM
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Awesome kit man! I like the setup and also the cymbal selection, and that's coming from a dyed in the wool Paiste guy, heh heh!

What type of double pedal are you using? I'm not familiar enough with all the brands to recognize that one without a brand name on it....
Thanks for your comment man! Greatly appreciated. Double pedal is a Sonor double that I bought a couple of years ago for around 170 pounds. My dad works in the states and won a bit down the casino the other night so I've asked him to bring me back one of the new Tama Iron Cobra's!

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Be careful with those aheads. They'll crack your cymbals like a old woman's legs on ice.
Cheers for the advise man. Touch wood *touches desk* I've never cracked a cymbal and I've used aheads for a fair few years - I'm not one to hit my cymbals overzealously so I think I should be okay. Have you cracked cymbals with ahead sticks before Tynn?

And Cymbalrider - Next month I'm going to replace every head except the Bass drum resonant head - which I am probably going to cut a whole in!

Thanks for all the comments everyone, they are greatly appreciated!

Ant :-)
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:41 AM
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good call on the emporer X, best snare head out there for sure
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Old 10-03-2007, 04:58 AM
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Default Re: My Mapex Kit - Updated!

I own the 16" aax studio as well-- a beautiful cymbal.

Looks like a nice kit, pretty cool. I've started to buy more than one pair of drumsticks in that way recently, buying in bulk does save some too, so it's cool.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:26 PM
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I own the 16" aax studio as well-- a beautiful cymbal.

Looks like a nice kit, pretty cool. I've started to buy more than one pair of drumsticks in that way recently, buying in bulk does save some too, so it's cool.

Cheers mate! I don't actually buy my sticks in bulk. I think the most pairs I've ever bought at one time is 3! Every time I go to the drumshop I always buy at least 1 pair of drumsticks - its become somewhat of a custom for me haha

Thanks for the comments all :-)
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