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Item Reviews for: Mapex Saturn Plus Bass 7 Piece Shell Kit Drum Set  -  MAP SW728S LIST

Professional drums for an astounding price!
By: bdaniel from Buda, Texas, USA      Submitted: 2/13/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Very good overall. These drums look and sound amazing. Bass booms like a cannon, toms sing and snare cracks. 12 tom has a slight buzz. Took off the lugs and mounting hardware. Saw a bolt head barely touching metal plate. Added washer and it helped. I still hear it a little, will probably contact Mapex. One hoop on the 14 has a small grind blemish on the hoop edge. All the great things I've read sure these are one off problems. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Perfect big kit. 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 great tom intervals. The Blue Galaxy Sparkle Burst finish is beautiful. Maple / Walnut combo sings great. Playing metal I was a little concerned with the 14x12 and 16x14 (instead of 14x14 & 16x16). No side by side, but they are deep and full for harder music. The isolation of the toms on this kit is crazy. Really allows them to resonate. Bass drum virgin as can be. The Emperors/Amb. they come with sound great. I am going to try Aquarian Response 2 just to see. Hardware seems sturdy and adjustable. Has slot on left tom stand to add cymbal boom arm. Had to reconfigure to get used to 2 floor toms. Sound How is the tone? They sing beautifully. Maple walnut creates a deep sound while still being very open and full. The tuning range is very versatile. I realize I now have a lot of playing/learning to do. So far liking tuned low-med with same tension on batter and reso. If you are used to a small kit, get some ear plugs. Drums are big and full. Deep full bass drum with nice attack using SuperKick 2 head. Snare tuned high sounds awesome as well. General Your general opinion of this product. Couldn't find a set to try in my area. Decided to trust all the raving reviews. So glad I did! Value Was this item an overall good value? Excellent deal for a pro set. 1/4 the price of DW for drums that sing just as well. Included tom stands on this "shell pack" awesome. I was considering other 5 pc kits then I found this 7 pc for way less. Appearance Appearance I could stare at this set for hours. The Mapex folks did a brilliant job with the flawless Blue Galaxy Sparkle Burst finish. Was afraid the sparkle might be a bit much, but absolutely not. Looks even better in person.
WOW this set rocks!
By: Jim Phillips from Amsterdam NY USA      Submitted: 2/7/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? This was made so well, i can tell its going to last a very long time, the wood is so beautiful. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The bass drum is insane. I cant get enough of it. though i would take the legs off the floor toms Sound How is the tone? So much attack, i could tell i was playing a big boy set now:) these sing beautifully General Your general opinion of this product. Ive been playing mapex for 10 years now and wont stop, this kit is amazing Value Was this item an overall good value? very good value seems like this kit should be going for way more money...so happy i can do payments on it. Appearance Appearance this finish could make you cry. way better than a cheap plastic cover
This kit rocks - an unbelievable deal for a Saturn!
By: Vic Kirkpatrick from Buford, GA      Submitted: 2/1/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? This is a Mapex Saturn series kit. 'Nuff said. I mean, it's quality through and through. Every attention to detail is made by these guys. Bearing edges are perfect, and the finish is superior to some "higher end" kits from different manufacturers. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The finish is killer! And thin maple shells are also made with an an inner and outer ply of walnut... they resonate beautifully. 2.3 inch power hoops look great. Virgin bass drum, PLUS unlike other shell kits, you actually get a tom stand AND a tom/cymbal stand. Snare comes with a drop-off lever and can be adjusted from both sides. Floor toms brackets are spring loaded for extra resonance and the tom mounting system is great. Sound How is the tone? These drums sound better than any I've ever played, and I've been a drummer for 33 years and counting. The toms tune easily, and the snare delivers a crisp crack when tuned up, but yet a meaty low when tuned down. Only wish is that it was a 6" deep instead of 5.5". General Your general opinion of this product. Just a great kit. This is a professional level kit, not an intermediate one. Value Was this item an overall good value? OK, this is where I just can't believe this deal. A 7 piece Mapex Saturn kit for $1450?!?! Are you kidding me? This kit goes for $2300 to $3000 elsewhere. I thought it was a joke when I first saw the deal on the site. I didn't trust it, so I didn't buy for a month. AMS came though with delivery and there was absolutely nothing wrong with the kit. Perfect. And it was packaged in a manner that where every piece was well protected. Appearance Appearance Like I said, the finish is extraordinary. It's an eight-coat, hand applied lacquer finish. Mine was the transparent cherry red, and you can see the wood grain through the finish. It's awesome.
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By: Noah from Lafayette      Submitted: 1/22/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I've had this kit for 2 months now, and every minute of playing it has been killer. The quality of the drums are amazing, every hit makes the drums sing beautifully. So far, absolutely no problems with durability. This thing is solid. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The first thing I noticed when I received this kit was the beautiful finish. This thing practically glows, and when I set it up I felt like I was setting up my dream kit. After playing it for a while, I fell in love with the locks on the toms. I noticed with my previous kits, I had problems with the floor toms falling down from time to time, and during a gig, this was something I obviously did not want to happen. The locks are an awesome back up solution. I also LOVE the spring loaded legs on the floor toms, as well as the rotation balls on the rack tom mounts. The springs give the drums more resonance, and the tom mounts allow for a very large range of adjustability. Sound How is the tone? Simply put, these are the best sounding drums I have EVER played. That's saying something. To my ears, they sound better than Dw's collector series lineup. All of the toms have incredible resonance, and are incredibly easy to tune. The snare drum has an amazing crack to it, and sounds fantastic in any tuning. The kick Drum sounds like an absolute cannon. The first time I hit the 16" floor tom, It actually scared me! General Your general opinion of this product. Amazing product. Fantastic price, amazing look, great features. You can't go wrong with this. Value Was this item an overall good value? This is the best value BY FAR I have found. Ever. For a mid level price, you get one of the best sounding kits on the market. Appearance Appearance I love the look of these drums. The glossy finish gleams, it's a sight to behold. These drums are absolutely gorgeous.
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