March 2014 KOTM - Mapex Saturn IV pics

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Thank You Mapex!

 

The pictures don't do it any justice. 

 

10*7

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22*20

 

I really like the smaller tom sizes.   

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Gorgeous kit, jawdropping

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 Thank you sir.  I'm trying to look up some pics of your kit (and set up) but not able to or pics not there?  Do you have 2nd set of hats between floor toms.  I would like to have something tight and crisp in a 13. 

 

 Which is your favorite or go to snare?  Those Sledge Hammers' are such a beautiful snare, every time I see one I just have to stand back and admire for a few minutes. 

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that's a sweet, sweet setup!

 

what's up with the out of commission business?

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Chronic spine problems. I had a motorcycle accident when I was younger.

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That's an amazing looking kit and setup! Absolutely gorgeous. Sorry to hear about your spinal problems - here's hoping you get better soon mate! I just picked up a Saturn IV myself and I'm absolutely chuffed with it!

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 Thank you sir.  I'm trying to look up some pics of your kit (and set up) but not able to or pics not there?  Do you have 2nd set of hats between floor toms.  I would like to have something tight and crisp in a 13. 

 

 Which is your favorite or go to snare?  Those Sledge Hammers' are such a beautiful snare, every time I see one I just have to stand back and admire for a few minutes. 

Hi Tucker. It's been a long while since I did any photos - I'll have some updates for sure when I finish my latest project (very slow going).

 

I used to put a set of Wuhan S 13's over the floor toms for times I played double kick pedal - don't do that sort of music often.

 

My favorite "go to" snare is whichever one I happen to have on there at the time - each one has qualities I love and each also has enough tuning range to adapt to whatever music you're doing. Strangely enough, it's the 13" Birdseye maple that sounds most like what one would expect a snare to sound like. The other two have very unique properties and all of them are gorgeous. Right now I've been using the Birdseye, but I've had the Sledgehammer starting to beckon....

 

I hate that your back is acting up - especially with that beautiful Saturn teasing you all the time. Hope you get to use it as Physical Therapy.

 

Later,

 

Ken

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I definitely would like to have a nice maple or walnut snare. I'm thinking about getting rid of the Machete BP. It's a really nice snare but it is so loud. The website says "If your in the need of a drum that can hack its way through the thickest of guitar noise, look no further" and it does exactly that. It would probably sound great live in a rock or metal setting. Thinking about a Black Beauty but they're so pricey and then to upgrade the throw off. They have some beautiful John Aldridge engraved ones for only about $1500 lol.

The Mandala pad has the Black Beauty presets and I love me some Tool. The tabla drumming is amazing on the "Pushit" alternate live version and is an amazing piece of music if your into stuff like that. "Right In Two" has great tabla also.

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The Sledgehammer is totally versatile - it's dynamic and responsive so you can lay off of it when the volume needs to be low or use lighter sticks, or cut through whatever you'd like when it's appropriate.

 

I think I'm going to set it up as my main for a while. Love Tool, BTW, but listening to Danny makes me question why I drum....LOL (Not really...)

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I think it's a great sounding snare.  If you only had one to choose from, would it be the maple or the Sledgehammer?  What combo of heads do you like on Sledgehammer.  I'm using the Ambassador and Hazy300 on the Machete.

 

I agree.  I'm working on the tabla parts for the alternate Pushit  version and it has to be the correct sticking or it just doesn't work.  If you can figure out some of the polyrhythms he plays, they normally repeat for several measures but then he changes it up with little variations, then off with something totally different.  

 

I'm also a big Jay Lane fan (Primus).  I think his hi hat work is amazing. At first it sounds simple, but if you break it down he's using lots of R/L handed drags, sextuplet rolls mixed in with 16th notes, and odd time hi hat openings to spice it up a bit.  Nothing really fancy and he puts 110% into everything he plays.

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Sledgehammer - no delay there.

 

I have a coated Evans G1 over stock Diplomat but will be going back to the coated Ambassador as batter on my next head change. The Remo's always sound the best on the BP's IMHO.

 

I like simple with a little flash in strategic places, and I find on anything I've ever thought was simple my opinion quickly changes when I attempt to learn it.

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Thank You Mapex!

 

The pictures actually don't do it any justice. 

 

10*7

12*8

14*12

16*14

22*20

 

I am out of commission right now so I've had someone set it up for me and I haven't been able to play it yet.

 

Enjoy, I know I will

TuckerBoy,

 

Absolutely Stunning!

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whoa!

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Really nice mate....:)

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Really the most beautiful kit I've ever seen!!!

What what could I say!!?? I'm just waiting to collect some money the state owe me to go to the store to pick up mine!!!

Great kit man!

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Absolutely gorgeous kit man!  We shot our Saturn IV video on that finish, just.so.pretty.  And boy does it rip.

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Oh Yeah! Finally I got 'em! 

Here's where past and present collide!!!

My old 1992's Saturn meet my new 2013 Saturn IV. I love both of them!!!

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stunning finish! keep the pics coming!

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More pics.

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Super nice!

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Thanks Gearhead, wait to see it with the 8" tom Santa's will give me, and the stunning 14"x5,5" snare I've just ordered. Unfortunately I'll have to wait up to 4 months the snare to arrive. :(

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Boomer,

 

  I did a 13 X 15 budget room with in a room studio build, no floating floor though. I have a thick carpet pad and commercial grade carpeting in the room.  The walls and floor are not decoupled from the basement structure and it doesn't have resilient channeling which I'm sure would have increased the soundproofing capabilities. It has the double walls with staggered studs with the Roxul soundproof insulation.  I currently only have a single layer of drywall up so it could stand another layer of drywall with some green glue and or a type of Mass Loaded Vinyl.  I've heard a blue skin asphaltic membrane in place of the MLV will also work?  I used the somewhat cheaper 4" pyramid foam and corner bass absorbers from the Foam Factory. It really isn't a great  acoustical room but it serves it purpose for soundproofing. I only have a single layer of drywall on the ceiling with Roxul stuffed above in the ceiling cavity. I should have done the ceiling different and used a membrane in between layers of drywall as I didn't have room for a drop ceiling. I would fix it but it's already painted with light fixtures up. You can hear a slight thud in the room directly above upstairs from the kick but it's not too bad as I can still play any time of the day or night without bothering anyone. I believe if you have to have a soundproof room, this would be of a minimum starting point.  If you have any questions on the build let me know.       

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And here we are with the 8" TOM, just the snare is left. Two months and it will we shown here too!!! 

Hope you like my set up!

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Looking good buddy!  

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