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kustomdk last won the day on September 15 2017

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About kustomdk

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    Honored Member
  • Birthday 09/13/1973

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  • Drums
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  • KOTM
    May 2014

About this Drummer

  • Current Band
  • Previous Bands
    Sotano 8, Déjà Vu, The Bingo Players, El Pacto, El Grito de Milena, The Jersey Syndicate (Bon Jovi Tribute Band), The Fabulous Fabulous, Vermelho Soul

Current kit Specs

  • Current Kit Specs
    MAPEX SATURN IV: 8"x8", 10"x8", 12"x9", 14"x14", 16"x16", 20"x16" MH EXOTIC NATURAL ASH BURL and 14"x3 1/2" BLACK PANTHER ORION MAPLE DELUXE Snare.
    Zildjian Cymbals: 14" K Custom Dark Hi Hat, 20" K Custom Ride, 16" A Custom Crash, 16" Z Custom Rock Crash, 17" K Custom Dark Crash, 18" Oriental China Trash, 6" & 10" ACustom Splashes, 10" Avedis A Splash, 8" K Splash.
    (Optional there is too a 20" K Heavy Ride & 13" K/Z Hi Hat).
    Stagg Cymbals: 14" China & 6" Black Metal Bell.
    LP Tambourine & Chime Bar. And Pearl "El Negro" cowbell.

    MAPEX SATURN 1991 10", 12", 12"(2), 13", 16", 20", 22" BLACK PIANO and 14"x 6 1/2" Steel Snare and 13"x4" Matching wood Snare.

    Other Snares:

    14"x8" Black Panther Snare.
    14"x 5 1/2" Saturn IV MH Exotic Natural Ash Burl

What I Like

  • Favorite Drummer
    Pat Torpey
  • Favorite Drum Brand
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  • Favorite Bass drum heads
  • Favorite Snare
  • Favorite Cymbals
  • Favorite Hardware
  • Favorite BD Pedal
    DW 5000
  • Single or Double bass
  • Traditional or Matched grip

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  1. Happy New Year!

    bit late but... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
  2. Napes Mars History

    Nothing else to say...
  3. New Year / Holidays / Way back machine

    Hi, I'm not that old here as some of you, and I'm glad I was so well received. that's quite a pretty nice community. I feel we have strong ties between us, it's a good place to be, it's good to feel like in family. Pretty much I can say I feel myself at home here in OD. Have you all happy holidays and a happy new year or as we say here at Catalunya Que tingueu un Bon Nadal i Bon Any Nou!!!
  4. Heeelllooo!!

    Hey! Welcome! 4 exclusive covered finishes? This means each piece has a different finish? or that you ha 4 different drum kits? Photos?
  5. Need help identifying snare.

    Hi, I'm not sure what do you mean with Heritage Series, but this is not a regular Black Panther Snare series. This snares use to be kinda hardware stock clearance for Mapex. I'll explain it. Sometimes when Mapex switches to a new kind of strainers, lugs or even badges they produce this snares outta cathalog, just to get ride of them. They build similar snares for a European Intruments on-line store named Thomann. They sell them at a lower price than regular Black Panther snares, just as Mapex do with snares like this one you own. I e-mailed Thomann in 2013 asking about the difference between the original Black Panthers that Mapex had in its cathalog and these that they sell at a lower price. This is what they answered me: "Hi there, Thank you for your mail. The Mapex Black Panther snare drums have a special Bearing Edge that is just available on Black Panther snare drums. It makes the special Black Panther sound. Additionally they all come with Sonic Saver Hoops. The "cheaper" Black Panther Snare Drums are regular snare drums which is manufactured just for Thomann. They do not have this special features but are very good snare drums in deed. If you are searching for a good snare drum in low budget range they are great. 285093 Mapex 14"x5.5" Black Panther Aztec 285076 Mapex 14"x5.5" Black Panther Brown 285066 Mapex 14"x6.5" Black Panther Blue 313622 Mapex 14x6,5 Black Panther Snare -FB Für weitere Fragen stehe ich Ihnen zur Verfügung. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Mit freundlichen Grüßen Best regards, Dominik Schödel ♪♫♪♪♫ Drums & Percussion www.thomann.de" I'm pretty sure this is exactly that mapex does with their excedents of shells, hardware, veneers, etc. Now you can find in Thomann a Black Panther Thomann snare for 239€ which wears the Natural Ash Burl veneer that I have in my Saturn IV drumset and snare, not the new Alpi veneers used on the new Saturns but the original, which I guess they still have some stockage that need to spend. In the other hand that 42 wires straind is not usual in Mapex. As much unusual that I've never seen it, so I guess it was a change the previous owner did by his/herself. The other 2 things that point to a second line kind of black panther are the triple flanged hoops and above all the UT Remo drumheads. there were a few Black Panther along the Mapex history that weared 2.3mm Power Hoops, most of them used Die cast hoops and now the Sonic Saver Hoops. And never a first line Black Panther came wtih other drumheads than Standard Remo Coated Ambassador on batter side and Remo snare side Ambassador on ressonant (at least till the last signature snares which use the heads selected by the drummers who helped desing the drums, which could be remo renaissace, Evans or even Aquarian heads). Anyway, I've been able to test a couple or three of these Black Panther and they're pretty good sounding drums. Enjoy it!!!
  6. Anyone want free drum gear?

    Glad to hear it wasn't that bad as it could be. Best regards!
  7. New Mapex Armory Kit

    Real nice kit. And I had the chance to try some armory and hey have a really killer sound, and as Mapex states they felt crazy easy to tune! Congrats.
  8. Anyone want free drum gear?

    Wow this sound pretty terrific. I hope you'll stay safe. Keep us updated please. Our prayers are with you and your family (cats included).
  9. Mapex Hammeered Snare

    Yes it is. The precious Metal Black Panther snares first appeared year 2000, but yours is from 2005 as the internal label indicates (it's her birthday think about it!) This snare appears through catalogs from 2004 to 2009, in 2010 Mapex switched to the Phatbob, Phantom, Black widow, etc
  10. Back to Saturn

    Really a nice drum set. Congrats!
  11. Coming soon to a thread near you

    Wow! What a nice drumset you've get!!! Congrats. I'm a Mayan happy owner too, and I have a Saturn IV, which is pretty close in sound to the Saturn III, if not the same. Recently I had the chance to test an Armory kit, and man, I was astonished with its sound. of course hardware doesn't has the same consistency than Saturn's, it has les lugs on the bassdrum, and yes they not felt as good as Saturn does, but the sound... the sound, which is what finally really matters, of these drums is so grand... I can't explain.I was especting to find something close to a Meridian, that sound retty good too, but no, they doesn't. They deliver an indedibly round and warm sound which, in adittion, was pretty easy to get. It does't take any time to tune these drums. So, Saturns are great drumsets (I know, I own two),and for sure Saturn V are another league, but those soniclear bearing edges really put the Armory on a high performance level. I'm afraid to try a new Mars...
  12. New Sweetwater Review Of Saturn V MH Exotic

    Well, that's what I mean. Yes, the actual veneer is made "with" wood, but it's not a ply of natural wood as it was for a short time with the IV's. Or that's what I understood when they talked about the new Alpi veneers for the V's. And yes they were inconsistent, I suffered this myself, my 8" tom should be exchanged cause I bought all my set at once but they didn't took care of keeping the finish of all drums look the same. While the rest of the drums seem to have an horizontal grain the 8" tom seemed to go vertical and really look out of place. Yes this is what they've get with Alpi, but I think there's something special in thinking that what covers your drums is a real ply of wood, not a ply of matchwood redistributed by a computer, which should involve something more than wood to put the kindling together again and look like a natural ply. isn't it? maybe I'm wrong, but I think it's not exactly the same, it's not a wrap, but...
  13. Micro kit?

    Yes, I really like the way they look. It's a shame that de second tom, which I get from I don't even remember where, was so damaged that even the badges look bad. The tom ended at the garbage due to rust and breaks, I took what I could for replacements and throw the wood through the window... just a shame. It would fit perfectly as a Mars 12" bass drum instead the no-name one I used.
  14. New Sweetwater Review Of Saturn V MH Exotic

    It's its real finish. It was named Natural Ash Burl, Natural Maple Burl wasn't available for Saturn IV, and these weren't just a veneer. These are almost 4 years old. Saturn IV was only available for two years (maybe even 1 1/2 years) before the Saturn V came out. This was kinda disgusting cause I just purchased them and then all in a sudden they upgraded the drums!!! I was kinda WTFF!!!??? But hey these drums sound really good, and if I'd want to I could buy the new tom holders and even made the bearing edges be rebuild. Russ Miller came to do a masterclass to my town and told me he has a luthier friend of him who lives in Germany whom I could send the drums to redo the bearing edges to the soniclear standard. So if I decide to do so I'll have the best possible Saturn model ever, cause all Saturn V come wrapped or with a veneer, but mine have real wood on the outside! This is how it looks on the catalog, but it's definitely more yellowish.
  15. Micro kit?

    Easy. I took out the wrap and with a scissors cut them out. In fact what I have now is a badge with a wrap layer below. And instead of glueing them as they were originally over the wrap I made holes to screw them directly over the wood.

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