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Mapex view making drums as a privilege. They take pride in being able to make drums that allow you to express yourself to the maximum.
It begins with the raw materials. Mapex hand-select premium high-grade hardwoods from around the world, like Maple, Walnut, Birch and Bass Wood.
Skilled experts then match the materials to ensure every drum Mapex produces carries the signature tone and resonance that define the distinctive Mapex sound.
From sound to aesthetic, once the highest tonal qualities have been achieved, Mapex apply 8 coats of lacquer to their drums. The finish is then hand rubbed and a high gloss lacquer applied to ensure the most durable, easy to maintain stunning aesthetic possible.
Mapex spend a lot of time making sure the details of their drums are just right. From the bearing edges to the easy set bass claws, Mapex ensure their drums are kitted out to the highest standard. For example, all drum kits come with the isolated tom mounting system to ensure you achieve the best tom response possible.
The result is a wide range of drum kits and snare drums that have been created by highly skilled craftspeople who think like musicians to ensure they create drums that let you focus on your playing and not on the equipment.
Delivering consistent care across the ranges, regardless of price, Mapex want every drum to be built to exacting standards to ensure every drummer has the opportunity to play a kit that they’re proud of.
Relentless in achieving the highest level in design and production techniques, Mapex offer a range of drums and hardware that provide superb sound, ease of use and durable longevity to ensure you have a drum kit you love for as long as you need it.
Mapex offer a wide range of drum kits to ensure you find a kit that you can be confident in from the studio to the stage.
From the entry-level affordable quality of the Mapex Storm series to the top end Black Panther Drum Kits, there’s something for everyone in the Mapex Drums range.
Featuring a Poplar shell construction, the Mapex Storm Drum Kits are ideal for the new drummer. Available in a range of stunning finishes and in a variety of configurations, the Mapex Storm kits also come with all the hardware stands you need. Simply add cymbals are you’re good to go. Superb quality at an affordable price!
The next level up in the Mapex range are the Mapex Mars Kits. Made from high quality, hand-selected Birch, these drum kits offer a beautiful sound with boosted high frequencies and a good punchy low-end tone. The ideal step up from the beginner drum kit!
Moving into the intermediate offerings you’ll find the Mapex Armory Series. These kits have a birch/maple hybrid shell construction to deliver the best of both materials.
The superb high end and low punch of birch works brilliantly with the even high and mid-range of the maple wood, combined with its slightly warm lows. The result is a range of drum kits that deliver a stunningly well-balanced tone across the frequencies.
From cutting high-end projection to deep thudding impactful lows, the Mapex Armory Drumkits offer a versatile sound to ensure you always have the sound you need no matter the musical style or situation.
Next up is the extremely popular Mapex Saturn V. Available in a variety of setups from 1 up 1 down to 2 up 2 down, the Mapex Saturn V has become a go-to drum kit for drummers of all styles because of its superb sound and brilliant price.
Made using a Hybrid of Maple and Walnut these shells really sing. From clear focused rack toms to fat dense floor toms and the balanced punch and boom of the bass drum, the Mapex Saturn range delivers superb tone.
The Mapex Saturn V is available in the Saturn V Tour option which consists of smaller 1 up 1 down configurations and 4 finish choices, or the Saturn MH Exotic which offers more set up options and 5 different finishes.
Delivering exceptionally versatile sound, the Mapex Saturn V kits are ideal for the modern, adaptable drummer who plays various styles.
Topping off the Mapex Drums range are the Mapex Black Panther Drum Kits. Taking their name from the massively popular Black Panther snares range, the Black Panther kit series features 3 options:
The Black Panther Blaster Kit which has a maple and walnut shell construction, the Black Panther Velvetone Kit which uses a maple/walnut/maple build and the Black Panther Black Widow drum kit which features 100% maple shells.
Taking the styling used in their respective snare predecessors, these drum kits deliver the superb sound quality, attention to detail and stunning aesthetics we’ve come to expect from the Mapex Black Panther snare range.
The pinnacle in Mapex’s drum kit series, these drum kits are a stunning choice for the series drummer.
Mapex have a brilliant range of snare tones on offer within their Black Panther range. There’s a sound for every situation and every preference and all of them are at prices that won’t break the bank!
From the tearjerkingly beautiful mahogany tone of the Mapex Black Panther Heartbreaker Snare to the unapologetic, aggression of the brass Mapex Sledgehammer Snare, there’s a sound for everyone in this Mapex snare range.
Featuring a range of wood and metal options the extremely popular Black Panther range allows you to build a variety of tonal options so that you can switch out your snare to achieve the specific sound you need.
The wood options include the Mapex Equinox Snare which features a maple shell construction to deliver a beautifully warm low-end response.
The Mapex Cherry Bomb features a cherry wood shell which serves to provide a warm, focused tone for a punchy backbeat and an overall vintage feel.
The Mapex Versatus Snare is the signature drum of successful session drummer Russ Miller. Consisting of a mahogany and maple shell this snare offers a fine balance of powerful impact and sensitive finesse making it great for dynamic playing.
The Mapex Black Panther Fastback Snare has a maple shell to deliver a quick, dry pop of dark tone.
The Mapex Blaster Snare has proved a popular choice for many drummers. As the name suggests this snare offers impact with its loud dry tone for an ear-grabbing sound that’s hard to ignore.
The popular Mapex Black Widow also has a maple shell and delivers a full-bodied sound with a dark, focused tone. A perfect all-purpose snare, this drum has a versatile sound making it ideal for a wide range of styles.
Yet another maple option, the Mapex Black Panther Phatbob Snare uses its extra thick shell and 7” depth to deliver a deep, full, chunky tone.
Another artist model in the Black Panther range, the Mapex Warbird is the signature snare of Lamb of God sticks man Chris Adler. Featuring a maple/walnut hybrid shell this 12” snare offers a brilliant precise sound with an intensely dark punch to its tone.
The last of the wood snare options is the Mapex Velvetone Snare. Featuring a stunningly fire inspired finish, this snare has a Burl Maple / Walnut / Maple build to offer a warm and focused tone that’s as beautiful as its looks.
The metal options on offer in the Mapex Black Panther series include brass and steel options.
The Mapex Brass Cat, as the name suggests, features a brass shell construction to deliver a warm open tone combined with cutting projection.
The third and final signature drum in the Black Panther series is the Matt Halpern Mapex Wraith Snare. Featuring a 1.2mm brass shell, this snare produces a super dry, sharp tone with a brilliantly sensitive response. The snare also has 9 vents allowing for increased response and improved articulation. The result is a brilliantly cutting snare that’s great for live situations.
The first of the steel options on offer is the Mapex Stinger Snare. With a small 10” x 5.5” size, this snare sounds best when cranked up and hit hard. This is an ideal side snare to provide an alternative tone to your main snare. Brilliant for sharp cracks of accenting tone.
The Mapex Black Panther Blade Snare is also made from steel and comes in a 14” x 5.5” size to deliver brilliantly cutting tone.
Very much the big brother of the Blade, the Mapex Machete Snare also has a steel build but features a larger 6.5” depth to deliver an even thicker slice of cutting sound.
All drums within the Mapex range feature their proprietary SoniClear Bearing Edges.
Designed to combat the difficulty and frustration of tuning drums, Mapex created this specific bearing edge to help the drumhead sit better on the shell.
The SoniClear bearing edges, therefore, feature a wider, flatter surface allowing the head to sit flush on the shell for easier tuning and improved resonance to ensure better tonal clarity.
The result is drums that are easier to tune and stay in tune longer so that you spend less time tuning and more time drumming!
Not only do Mapex offer a wide range of drum kits and a stunning array of snares, they also produce a brilliant range of durable and robust hardware.
From the entry-level no-nonsense Mapex 400 Series hardware which delivers the essential stands and pedals to get you up and drumming within your budget, to the higher end professional Falcon range, Mapex have something for everyone.
Featuring a wide range of Thrones, Snare Stands, Hi-Hat Stands, Boom Stands, Bass Drum Pedals and Hardware Packs Mapex have varying levels of hardware for drummers to choose from.
The Mapex 400 Series is ideal for the new drummer or the budget conscious, while the Mapex Mars Hardware offers slightly higher quality features. The Mapex Armory Hardware range is perfect for the intermediate player and the Mapex Falcon Hardware offers truly, professional high-end options at a great price.
Delivering stability, reliability and durability, Mapex hardware covers the needs of home hobbyist through to touring professionals.
So, whether you’re a new student, an intermediate player or a professional, Mapex have a wide variety of drum kits, snare drums and hardware options to help you realise your perfect drum set up.