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Mapex Saturn Crossover Drum Set
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When you actually sit behind a Saturn drum kit and experience its performance--only then will you realize just how incredible your playing can sound....Click To Read More About This Product
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When you actually sit behind a Saturn drum kit and experience its performance--only then will you realize just how incredible your playing can sound. The drum artisans at Mapex match the finest, thinnest plies of North American Maple with a selection of dark, rich walnut. The Saturn Crossover drum set is exacting enough for any and all studio applications.
Every Saturn component on the SW5286U set is finished with eight hand-rubbed coats of high gloss lacquer. This unique finishing process gives the drum a beautifully deep, high gloss, protective shine.
Saturn toms are equipped with exclusive Mapex Powerhoops. Made from 2.3mm chrome steel, the Mapex Powerhoop provides less resistance without adding unnecessary weight that may mute the drum. The tom's mount is secured via the lugs and is not drilled directly into the shell. The Mapex I.T.S. System allows the shell to vibrate freely, allowing for maximum projection and resonance. Saturn floor I.T.S. tom legs are isolated from the shell and include spring loaded feet, that enhance sustain and increase projection. All Saturn tom toms are equipped with Remo Emperor drumheads.
The bass drum's non-penetrating double tom holder features multi-directional adjustment for precise set-up. The tom holder mechanism is also completely removable for players that prefer tom stands. The 5-piece Saturn drum set's non-penetrating I.T.S. telescopic bass drum spurs isolate the shell from additional holes and distribute the weight of the drum across existing lug mounts. All maple, lacquer finished bass drum hoops are secured by low-profile, cushioned bass drum claw hooks.
Mapex's low mass lugs are secured to the shell via only one point of penetration. Fewer holes in the drum shell means less vibratory interruption, resulting in truer tone and unimpeded resonance.
- TS960A tom stand
- 2 - B750A boom stands
- S750A snare stand
- H750A hi-hat stand
- P750A bass drum pedal
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I have been playing on a Mapex Saturn Crossover style kit for the last two months and have been thoroughly impressed. My kit has a beautiful Rootbeer Burst finish. I uped the size of the kick drum to a 20 x 24 and it is incredibly massive sounding. The shells are very resonant, warm, and like to be tuned fairly low - maybe as a result of the 2 inner plies of walnut (very different from my Spaun kit of similar sizes but with all maple shells, which is why I bought this kit - I wanted something completely different sounding.) This may not be the best kit for jazz if you like your drums tuned high and tight. The tom legs are spring loaded which really increases their resonance and the tom mounts are also such that they resonate freely. My first complaint is that my 12 x 9 tom seems to choke before I get it tuned up to a pitch I like (I've read about drums choking before, but never really experienced that concept until I had my problem with my saturn tom) it still sounds good tuned lower - should have gone with a 10 inch tom though, maybe a different drum head would help. Speaking of drum heads... the stock heads sound great (REMO Ambassadors on the resonant side and clear Emperors on the batter side, and a Powerstroke 4 - I think- on the kick. I usually use Evans but these heads work well and will probably stay on until they need replacing from normal use. The hardware is good on the drums, however the stands don't really impress me (I'm used to DW stands) but they do get the job done without too much fuss. You do have to use the Mapex drum key to set your memory locks on the stands because any other key is too big which is really lame. There may be a select few other brands of keys that fit but ideally you should be able to use any key to adjust your drums, so I did find that really annoying. I really like the kit overall and would recommend it in a heartbeat especially becuase they aren't too exspensive compared to other high end drums.
I've owned a 4 piece Mapex Mars Pro set for nine years now. I played a lot of gigs and did some recording with this set, and was very happy with the sound, but it was time for a change.I decided to upgrade to a saturn cross-over, and wow, what a difference! The saturn blows my pro series away! It's true what they say, you can't believe how good your playing can sound, until you sit behind one of these! Top of the line drums, but not top of the line price. Buy one, you won't be disappointed.
I've had my mapex saturn kit for about 2 years now and completely content with it. There have been times where I've thought about spending the cash on a set of DW's. Comparing the mapex kit to a maple kit i have though brings me down from that ledge. I would say the maple kit has a slightly rounder, smoother tone. But the mapex possesses an attack and aggressiveness that I don't think any 100% maple drum could touch. Resonance and sustain are not sacrificed at all either, properly tuned these drums will ring as long any drums I've heard. Aside from jazz, I would recomend these drums for any style.
I bought these 4 months ago from my local music store. It was a bit of a gamble because it was my first mapex kit and i was unsure of the quality, but i liked the sound and went with it. Im glad i did! These drums are great they sound awesome right out of the box, and the thin shells give you an extremly clear, deep sound. I have this in the limited edition subsonic kit, however, and every drum except the snare is a good 2 or more inches larger, which gives you a massive sound when you play, and its easy to imagine it would be the same on this kit. The hardware is simply astounding, its all very high quality and tough. The mapex saturn is definetly a high end kit with an inexpensive price tag. I love this kit and im sure you will too!
I don't have this exact set, but I have the Saturn 7-piece fusion set, which apparentley they don't carry anymore. I have had Tama, Ludwig, Yamaha, Pearl, and several cheap sets in my lifetime, and have never experienced the precision of these. When you fist tune them, it is awesome, so precision, easy to tune, and stay in tune.There is no distortion, rattling of any kind. The studio loves them. Maybe the last set I'll ever buy. A little trouble with getting the bass drum pedal right, but not much of a problem.
I was absolutely amazed on how these drums sound! There are hand down the best sounding drums I've ever played! I've played DW, Tama, Pearl, PDP, etc., but none of them even come close. Well DW is pretty close, but I like the feature and price of the Saturn series better. The depth and tone you can get from these drums is incredible! There are so many little things that Mapex does on this kit that no other brand do. Things like, the bass drum spurs, spring loaded floor tom legs, etc. The color is so rich and clean! It is an absolutely gorgeous kit! I like DW, but I cannot afford them. It is true that you cannot believe how good you can sound until you get behind these! Do yourself a favor and buy this kit!