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Der Meister
01-04-2005, 08:16 AM
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First off, this is what mapex say about it Think you can't afford a drum set with all-maple shells? Think again. The M Maple is the most solid value on the market in an all maple, lacquered set. Without busting your wallet, the M Maple is the ideal kit for the serious player who’s looking to upgrade from the “kiddie” set or a great second set for the professional.

The M Maple comes in a variety of unique, hand-rubbed lacquer finishes and is available in a wide range of configurations. The M Maple also comes with lightweight double-braced hardware and Remo® drum heads.

Why play a mediocre drum set when you can benefit from the tone and resonance of maple shells for the same price? Check out how much quality your money can buy with the Mapex M Maple



22 x 16 Bass Drum
10 x 9 Rack Tom
12 x 10 Rack Tom
14 x 12 Floor Tom
14 x 5.5 Snare

in honey amber with maple bass hoops



I bought my Mapex M fusion kit about 4 months ago and i have to say, it is an amazing sounding kit, i only paid £400 for mine, new, from a ebay shop auction. They retail for around £479.


The Toms on this kit have such a broad tuning range and sound very deep and clear. The snare is very loud, currently i have it tuned at around a medium tension and it gives a loud bark, i have had it tuned to a snappy pop sound so its a very versitile snare. The bass is very deep and thumpy, even with the stock head on. This bass would sound mosterous with a powerstroke 3 on ;) . My Mapex M is the Maple/basswood version but now it is ALL maple and will sound alot better than mine :upset:

The hardware is a par above the crap you get with starter kits and is very studry, i had my 12" and 14" toms and a 20" ride on it and it didn't show any problems.


Features

9-ply, 7.7mm all maple shell construction
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high-gloss, 8-coat, hand-rubbed lacquer finish
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matching lacquered maple bass drums hoops

I .T.S.™ off-the-shell, isolated tom mount system
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low mass, single-point-contact lugs
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matching all-maple snare drum

500-Series double-braced Performing Artist™ hardware

OS Cymbal Accentuators™ for enhanced cymbal sustain
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padded throne included

Remo® UT™ Series drumheads
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In my opinion, this kit beats all the others in its price range and its cheaper than them all to.

Mapex M - £479
Sonor 2003 - £500
TAMA Rockstar - £500
Pearl Export - £500


All in all i give it 5/5 it is THE best bang for your buck :thumb:

Vandle
01-06-2005, 05:32 PM
Cool review...i think you just made my mind up on what kit to get :)

_GanondorF_
01-07-2005, 10:41 AM
Does it come with cymbals?

Der Meister
01-07-2005, 07:15 PM
No, like all kits on tha trange i doesn't come with cymbals, if a kit comes with the same name cymbals, it usually a bad sign

llama123
01-09-2005, 10:57 AM
Quick question: Is the jump form the Mapex M to the Mapex Pro M worth the extra £200?

Thanks,
Tom

Der Meister
01-09-2005, 04:25 PM
if you have the cash, definatley. £649 is such a steal for an all maple kit with the finishes Pro Ms have.

Chubbs724
01-11-2005, 07:41 PM
Do you know how the pro m's are better than m's?

revolution
01-12-2005, 01:31 PM
I think he's asking in what way is the Pro M better.

Originally I would have said because of the all maple shells, but now the M's have that too so I'm not so sure.

Der Meister
01-12-2005, 01:38 PM
shell construction, finishes and hardware(but they have stepped up the M hardware too so don't quote be on the hardware)

drum_player4life1
01-30-2005, 10:44 PM
Good review I know what kit I am going to be saving up for now...



Alex

Banjo7921
02-01-2005, 09:40 AM
I was justwondering whatthe conversion is to US dolars you 400 (sorry, I don't know how to make the litttle symbol you have for money)
Sorry this was not worded more P.C (politicaly correct) but i didn't know how else to say it

So One USD to One of your "dollars" is.....?

Der Meister
02-01-2005, 10:50 AM
£1 pound sterling is eqaul to $1.88 US i think, but the prices won't be 1.88 more expensive becuase they are shipped from the US to the UK so it will be cheaper than that.

drumforyourlife
03-03-2005, 02:35 AM
i got my M series for about $800 USD, and i love it. super sturdy, all-maple, sexy finish... very versatile and generally good drums.

robert-in-miss-jones
03-11-2005, 11:25 AM
This was my first kit and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Perfect!!! The next kit i plan to buy is the "pro" m series one. I will definitely stick with mapex.
10 out of 10 :thumb: