Mmmmmmm Mapex!

iontheable

Senior Member
Soooo finally got my camera back and was able to take some quick shots before work this morning.

I really do love the Chestnut Burst Finish, I've grown so fond of it in the few days I've owned the kit(unfortunately, with little play)

I didn't have a lot of time tonight to tune(that'll come tomorrow) but I at least threw on the freebie Remo heads and tightened them enough to get some sound...and even without them being harmonious yet..the kit already sounds amazing! The kick is a little dead at the moment, but that's just due to not being tuned fully yet. But the snare and toms are surprisingly really easy to get going on.

Being a 10-lug snare, tuning is a breeze. I actually am sporting two snares now 5.5x14(Meridian stock) and an 8x14(Homemade) and they sound amazing together! Using the 8 without the snare on at the moment and gelling is awesome.

Anyhow..onto the porn!











And, unfortunately, there was a little damage, still trying to decide what I want to do about it. Doesn't affect sound, that I can hear at least. But there was two decently sized dimples on the kick. Don't get me wrong, this isn't ruining my parade :)



Thanks for looking, I can't wait to really get into tuning these bad boys. I'm going to stick with the crap Remo heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Aquarian heads. Then they will match my Custom snare and Kick.

:)
 

PeteN

Silver Member
I'm going to stick with the crap Remo heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Aquarian heads. Then they will match my Custom snare and Kick.
LOL....are you trying to start a war?
 
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sticks4drums

Guest
LOL....are you trying to start a war?
You can actually sub in your favourite brand into the sentence. Like this

"I'm going to stick with the crap Remo heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Aquarian heads. Then they will match my Custom snare and Kick."

"I'm going to stick with the crap Evan's heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Remo heads. Then they will match my Custom snare and Kick."

"I'm going to stick with the crap Aquarian heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Evan's heads. Then they will match my Custom snare and Kick."

I think he meant to say-
"I'm going to stick with the crap stock Remo heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Aquarian heads. Then they will match my Custom snare and Kick."
 

Metamega

Senior Member
Little jealous. I have the same kit in transparent cherry burst. Gotta get a camera soon and get some pictures up. I only have a 5 piece with a 10 12 and 16 floor. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like with the 14. Might have to pick one up soon before the finish option dissapears
 
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nhzoso

Guest
Very nice, from a distance you could mistake it for an Orion. What kind of aquarian head is that on your custom snare? and Whats the last picture supposed to be, the box?

I never could face my drums towards a wall. I tried it once but I hate playing and then turning around to see people standing there watching ya.. Kind of creeps me out.

Congrats!
 

iontheable

Senior Member
Very nice, from a distance you could mistake it for an Orion. What kind of aquarian head is that on your custom snare? and Whats the last picture supposed to be, the box?

I never could face my drums towards a wall. I tried it once but I hate playing and then turning around to see people standing there watching ya.. Kind of creeps me out.
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Congrats!
The custom snare has a hi-energy batter and a hazy300 I believe..its a beast.

The last picture is of the damage to the bass, unfortunately it reflected all the crap on my wall better than it did show the damage.

And unfortunately, facing the wall is the only way the kit will fit in that room. There is also my digital piano, my Casio sk-1(circuit bent), a couple computers and a huge monitor setup.
 

iontheable

Senior Member
You can actually sub in your favourite brand into the sentence. Like this

"I'm going to stick with the crap Remo heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Aquarian heads. Then they will match my Custom snare and Kick."

"I'm going to stick with the crap Evan's heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Remo heads. Then they will match my Custom snare and Kick."

"I'm going to stick with the crap Aquarian heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Evan's heads. Then they will match my Custom snare and Kick."

I think he meant to say-
"I'm going to stick with the crap stock Remo heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Aquarian heads. Then they will match my Custom snare and Kick."
All great deductions! The latter was correct though, if you notice at the very top I said "freebie" remo heads. I meant no disrespect to the remo kings! I actually have several removed heads and love many of them.
 

iontheable

Senior Member
Little jealous. I have the same kit in transparent cherry burst. Gotta get a camera soon and get some pictures up. I only have a 5 piece with a 10 12 and 16 floor. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like with the 14. Might have to pick one up soon before the finish option dissapears
It's very awkward having the second floor Tom, admittedly not as bad with the second snare but that is all just due to poor placement. I literally threw it together and tore down my old kit in an hour.
 

Nuka

Senior Member
Haha how do you think me or Sticks feel? (And those others which large kits, whome I don't know about).

Double bass, two floors, rediculous number of racks... AND I want a second snare...

You'd be surprised on the tear down and set up times you can get though with larger kits. Maybe because you know it's bigger so you consciencously set aside more time whereas I've noticed a lot of players (those not pro or without a drumtech anyway) seem to think it's a quick fix if they have a smaller kit.



Anyway onto the compliments etc.

Very nice kit, I'll admit I'm jealous of the kit, but I'm still not sure I'd actually own a fade kit. It's one of those "I'd love to have one, but might not like it once I have it" situations. As for the dents, I personally would leave them, but I know there a LOT of players who are perfectionists and so therefore would send it back.

Enjoy your time with it!
 

iontheable

Senior Member
Haha how do you think me or Sticks feel? (And those others which large kits, whome I don't know about).

Double bass, two floors, rediculous number of racks... AND I want a second snare...

You'd be surprised on the tear down and set up times you can get though with larger kits. Maybe because you know it's bigger so you consciencously set aside more time whereas I've noticed a lot of players (those not pro or without a drumtech anyway) seem to think it's a quick fix if they have a smaller kit.



Anyway onto the compliments etc.

Very nice kit, I'll admit I'm jealous of the kit, but I'm still not sure I'd actually own a fade kit. It's one of those "I'd love to have one, but might not like it once I have it" situations. As for the dents, I personally would leave them, but I know there a LOT of players who are perfectionists and so therefore would send it back.

Enjoy your time with it!
Hehe, I honestly never "thought I'd dig a fade finish either, I'm a solids Guy. That or pinstripes, however, I spent a lot of time researching what kit I wanted and honestly, into price range I did not see a ton of finishes that I liked any better.

With that said, I now love the finish. Unconditionally. And the fact that it matches my custom snare so well is just icing on the cake.
 

MrLeadFoot

Silver Member
I didn't have a lot of time tonight to tune(that'll come tomorrow) but I at least threw on the freebie Remo heads and tightened them enough to get some sound...and even without them being harmonious yet..the kit already sounds amazing! The kick is a little dead at the moment, but that's just due to not being tuned fully yet. But the snare and toms are surprisingly really easy to get going on.

I'm going to stick with the crap Remo heads for just a little while. I've spent enough money lately, but soon I will be re-skinning all the toms with Aquarian heads.
Don't knock those heads. They are a great match for the Saturns. You said yourself that they sound great with not a lot of work. Imagine how great they'll sound tuned. I wouldn't be surprised if once you tune them, you won't bother with replacing the heads until they completely wear out. In fact, I still have the original Remo Emperor/Ambassador combos on my Studioease since I bought it 6 months ago. I play and gig regularly, and I never get sick of hearing them. I can't imagine any better-sounding kit and head combo.

Disclaimer: I mic everything, and recently switched my kick batter to an Evans Emad, because I love the wet slap it produces in my IEMs.;-)
 

iontheable

Senior Member
I noticed that you use two different surfaces on your kick beaters. Care to elaborate as to why?
Lol good eye! Actually I had set up the kit in a hurry and the double pedal was stored in its case, I accidentally set it up that way and upon giving it a quick test run, I actually enjoy the difference. I would actually play that way, just farting around.
 

Metamega

Senior Member
Don't knock those heads. They are a great match for the Saturns. You said yourself that they sound great with not a lot of work. Imagine how great they'll sound tuned. I wouldn't be surprised if once you tune them, you won't bother with replacing the heads until they completely wear out. In fact, I still have the original Remo Emperor/Ambassador combos on my Studioease since I bought it 6 months ago. I play and gig regularly, and I never get sick of hearing them. I can't imagine any better-sounding kit and head combo.

Disclaimer: I mic everything, and recently switched my kick batter to an Evans Emad, because I love the wet slap it produces in my IEMs.;-)
I ally don't mind the stock remo tux pinstripes. I put them back on after trying ec2's for the first time. Only thing is I switched the snare head after about a mOnth and a half. The stock remo single ply didn't last. I replaced it with Evans g1. I do believe the utx rims are crimped on vs remo weather kings which are molded in during the process. Think I read that somewheres. The utx just didn't handle the high tension for long. They are better then some of the stock single ply Tom heads that are no name on a lot of kits.
 

MrLeadFoot

Silver Member
At first, your post confused me, so I re-looked at the OP's pics. I just realized the OP's set is a Meridian, when I thought it was a Saturn. Saturns come stock with Emperor batter (2-ply, clear) and clear Ambassador reso heads. The kick comes with a clear PS3 and a black PS3.

My bad!
 
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