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Mapex Armory Series 6-Piece Studioease Shell Pack Fast Toms  

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The Armory Series by Mapex features a 6-ply birch and maple shell that outputs a warm, focused tone. SONIClear bearing edge, tom suspension and floor...Read More

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Versatile hybrid maple/birch shells with an upgraded Armory series snare.

The Armory Series by Mapex features a 6-ply birch and maple shell that outputs a warm, focused tone. SONIClear bearing edge, tom suspension and floor tom legs allow the heads to sit flat and increase shell resonance. Mapex Saturn IV-style lugs ensure a firm tune while providing a low-mass aesthetic.

This shell pack offers toms that are more shallow to provide a "quicker" and more clipped resonance for funk or fusion.

In addition, all Armory shell packs include the 14" x 5-1/2" Tomahawk Black-Plated Steel Snare. The Tomahawk produces a bright, focused and loud backbeat and adds style to all Armory shell packs.

If the Tomahawk doesn't fit your style or sound, feel free to trade in the drum for ANY of Mapex's Armory Series four other snare drums.

FEATURES
  • Maple/Birch 6-Ply 7.2mm Shell
  • SONIClear Bearing Edge
  • SONIClear Tom Suspension
  • Saturn IV style lug
  • SONIClear Floor Tom Legs
  • Armory Tomahawk Snare Drum
Configuration:
  • Mounted tom: 10 x 7 and 12 x 8"
  • Floor toms: 14 x 12" and 16 x 14"
  • Kick: 22 x 18"

An armory that doubles as an arsenal. Wield it today.

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MapexArmory Series 6-Piece Studioease Shell Pack Fast Toms
 
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5.0

I love this kit!

By K.C. Dalton

from Concord, NH

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mapex Armory Series 6-Piece Studioease Shell Pack Fast Toms:

      I almost never review products I buy, I guess I'm lazy in that regard, but I have to say something about this kit... I have been playing Mapex kits since 1993 starting with an original Mars, then Saturn. My home studio kit is a Mars Pro, but I needed a another new stage kit (I play for too many bands...) :) Right out of the box, all I needed to do was put on more durable heads (Aquarian Performance II's) and this kit sounded great. Also, Mapex has the snare exchange and I'm not crazy about steel snares so they are exchanging through shipping a wood matching snare, and the set is the coolest color of all the kits I've ever played on before (Magna Red - a beautiful dark red sparkle that fades into a black sparkle). The drums are just the perfect sizes and the tom mounts are incredibly versatile and cut back the dead spots that you get from arm mounted toms. The price of these drums for the quality was a real bargain.

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      5.0

      The gift that keeps on giving

      By Arjynk

      from St. Louis, MO

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Assembly
      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Make It Your Own
      • Price
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Snare Trade In
      • Versatile

      Cons

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          Comments about Mapex Armory Series 6-Piece Studioease Shell Pack Fast Toms:

          I know some people are looking for that quick review so here:

          Hardware on set - Great. Very versatile and helps tone extremely well. Floor Tom legs - fantastic. Rack tom mounting system - convenient, allow for personal placement

          Sound - Sounds great even with stock heads. Soniclear system lives up to hype. Buy your heads and make it sound even better

          Bass drum - The gentle giant. Can be the boom of a firework or the soft bass of a slow jazz ensemble

          Snare - Tomahawk is great, keeping mine. Go to a store and check out the other offers. Way too good of an offer to just stick with what you get.

          Overall - Go to the last paragraph

          LONG review
          This was a purchase that ended up as a gift that kept on giving. I have played on many sets over the years, tama superstar, gretsch catalina, ludwig continental, and some others. All of these are amazing sets, but none of these compete with the Mapex out the box. Comparing each set with just the stock heads, the Mapex wins, hands down.

          It was extremely easy to put together. Everything about the toms is true. The floor tom legs really improve the sound. The rack tom mounting system is on point with convince and versatility.

          This new soniclear system is immediately noticeable. Tuning is always a challenge, less to some than others, but this system makes it so much easier to the novice drummers. I hope to see this style to start going on even less expensive drumsets to help drummers learn how to tune.

          The tone of the drums are great. My tom heads were still in the mail when I received the set and I couldn't wait for them, so I popped on the stock heads just to start playing. The sound honestly surprised me. I honestly thought I had some high quality remo's on them that had just been beaten up a little bit. Once the heads I ordered came in (Evans G14) The true sound really came out. I love having a solid sustain with a very full bodied tone and this set delivered. The birch/maple/birch shells allow for any type of style to be played. Put on your favorite type of heads and you will love the sound you hear.

          The bass drum is a power that should be messed with. This thing packs a punch that your house/studio/neighbors/people walking their dogs outside will feel. I had an old powerstroke 3 sitting around and put it on when I first got the set and wow. Not much else to say. No towels in the drum, no other extras put on at all and this drum is definitely my new favorite of the whole set. It can be used as that low end monster that your audience will feel in the chest or those subtle ghost notes while you are playing some sweet grooves. The response on this drum is just like a high quality snare when playing soft but still engaging the snares on the edge of the head. And speaking of snares

          The snare was just that much more of a bonus. I have a Pearl free floater that i can not get enough off, but the Tomahawk that came with the set is not a joke. I was expecting to use the trade in system and get a different one, but after messing around on it for just a little, I don't think I am going to part with this steel beast. I went into a store and tried out the other options to see if any of the other snares were better. They were all amazing in their own way, but I am sticking to the steel. I highly suggest finding a store that has all the Armory series snares and finding your favorite. This trade in offer is too good to pass up. Of all the drums, I play the snare the most and I wasn't going to keep one I wouldn't play very often.

          Overall as you can tell. I love this thing. This is going to be the set that I am probably going to stick with for a very long time. No matter what style you is, this set will be able to accommodate your needs. The price on this set is amazing for what you get. I can't believe how much I got for the money. If you are looking for a set that you are going to love, looks amazing, and sounds even better, this is the way to go.

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