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SpeedNinja last won the day on April 23

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About SpeedNinja

  • Rank
    Vintage Mapex Guru
  • Birthday 03/21/1984

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Profile Information

  • Gender
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  • Country
    United States
  • Location
    South Florida
  • Drums
  • Cymbals
  • Expert
    Mapex Vintage Expert
  • Sponsor
    Donated 2012
  • KOTM
    Kit of the Month - June 2009
  • 10000 Post Club

About this Drummer

  • Bio
    I've been playing the drum set since March of 1997. I got a vintage Premier drum set for my birthday and played it until I realized how rare it was. I got a Mapex Mars Pro 5 piece in late 1998 and played that until about 2001 when I went for a double bass Tama Rockstar kit. During that time I picked up a couple Black Panther snare drums. At school in NY I was stuck playing a travel Yamaha kit until they bought a Mapex Pro M set in 2004. When I came back home I started restoring the Premier set and I picked up a vintage Mapex set in 2005. Since then I've also picked up a third Black Panther and a Mars Pro snare to match my first Mapex kit. I've also sold my Rockstar and vintage Mars kits and picked up an 8 piece VX in black (with component toms left over).
    I played both concert and jazz band through middle and high school. I also played for a Christian group for my first 3 semesters of college.
    I've played in countless jam, rock, hardcore and metal bands through the years and now I'm just trying to find the time to look at my drums...
  • Current Band
    Rubix Grooves
  • Previous Bands
    Life Without Shame, Dirt Floor Poor

Current kit Specs

  • Current Kit Specs
    Mapex 14x5.5" Aluminum Black Panther snare
    Mapex 14x6.5" Hammered Phosphor Bronze Black Panther snare
    Mapex 14x8" MPX Transparent Mighdnight Black Maple snare
    Gretsch 10x6" Prototype Steel snare
    Ludwig 14x5" Supraphonic 1967 Keystone badge snare
    Ludwig 14x5" Acrolite 1967 Keystone badge snare

    2009-13 Mapex Meridian maple 8x8, 10x8, 12x9, 13x10, 14x14, 16x16, 18x16, 22x18, 22x18, 14x5.5 in transparent black.

    Cymbal set 1: Zildjian K Custom Dark 15" crash, 17" crash, 14" hi-hats, 20" ride, A 8" splash, 10" splash, 12" splash

    Cymbal set 2: Zildjian A 14" New Beat hi-hats, 17" paper thin crash, 18" medium crash, 24" medium ride, 20" Ping ride, A Custom 12" splash, Sabian AA 16" medium thin crash

    Extras: 20" Paiste 2002 ride, 22" Paiste 3000 Reflector Power ride, 20" Sabian AA rock crash, 18" Sabian Metal-X china

What I Like

  • Favorite Drum Brand
  • Favorite Drum Sticks
  • Favorite Drum Heads
  • Favorite Bass drum heads
    clear PS3, ported stock front
  • Favorite Snare
    Mapex Black Panther 14x5.5" aluminum
  • Favorite Cymbals
  • Favorite Hardware
  • Favorite BD Pedal
    Ludwig Speed King
  • Single or Double bass
  • Traditional or Matched grip
  1. Drum Playthrough - The Black Horse by KZedan Drums

    I don't know how I missed this post, but good stuff man. Other than finding something more stable to mount your cameras on, I've got no criticisms. Sick break at the end.
  2. my cover band

    Haha! That makes two of us. Better to play mellow than not play at all.
  3. my cover band

    A while back my friend, Dave, asked me to play drums for a cover band he was starting. It was supposed to be Top 40 and R&B. I've mentioned it a few times. Dave is actually a guitarist, but playing bass in this band. The first signer didn't work out, so we had another friend step in. We recorded a few songs at Demetrios's parents' house in October. One is Demetri's original, and he does vocals. The others are covers of Thomas Rhett and Portugal The Man, and Ed does the vocals on those. I think we recorded 5 songs on drums, and then they recorded everything else while I was at a friend's wedding, and getting my brother to and from the airport. It was a blitzkrieg of a weekend for me. I ended up not recording with a click. I don't remember why. We started off with a click for reference, and then Mike turned it off in the first measure. I used the Meridian kit and my vintage Zildjian cymbals. Anyway, I finally have something to share, so I figured I'd post it up.
  4. Slipknot - Pychosocial

    Kick ass man!
  5. Oops, I did it again... another refresh!

    Ah, gotcha. I read your signature and wondered where the 8" ran off to. I forgot you had a red kit. I'm really tempted to buy a couple Stealth Rack kits. I'll have to measure the back of the Jeep and see how they'll fit. The idea is to never really tear down or set up. Just plop the bass in place, plop the stealth racks in place and hook up the bass pedal. I'd rather carry 3-4 heavier large chunks than lots of little stuff and make tons of adjustments.
  6. Need help with a beat!

    I am terrible at this stuff... The ride seems pretty straight forward. The snare sounds like it's a 1/16th before the 2. Bass sounds like it's on 1, and the 1/16th before the 3. There are better and more educated people here to answer the question, but hopefully that's not entirely wrong and gets you started.
  7. Oops, I did it again... another refresh!

    Is part of the refresh removing a tom, or am I just missing it? How do you like the Stealth Rack? I've been interested in checking those out, but nobody has them in stock to look at. It makes a lot of sense to me, as far as minimizing hardware and making setup quicker.
  8. Help Identify Mapex

    Thanks man, we would appreciate having the information. I know @kustomdkhas collected quite a few older catalogs and would be interested in anything you can find out. I will go ahead and upload the pictures from the Reverb ad here, in case anyone stumbles upon this thread in the future. Any pictures you can add when you receive the drum would be great.
  9. TOOL 46 and 2 drum drum :)

    Well done, dude.
  10. Help Identify Mapex

    Well... that looks older than everything in the 1990 catalog (I still need to upload .jpeg files for that), and I have no rumors or hints of Mapex existing before 1987 and that is their first lug design. Contrary to the ad, Mapex did have series names, but the badges didn't always carry them. I am absolutely useless for identifying wood, but I'm guessing it's either maple or birch. It could be Orion, or a stand alone snare drum. There's potential for it to be a Saturn. Other than that, you're going to have to call the Smithsonian, because that thing is a dinosaur.
  11. Hard to tell for sure, but it does look like either a 1992 Mars from the international catalog, or a Mars Pro from the 1993-1994 Japan catalog. The bass spurs look the same, so a picture of that wouldn't help. Really, all we have to go from is the badges. Fortunately, you have that awesome bit of history to hunt down pictures with. No disrespect to Billy, but unless we can find a set called "Mapex Pro Custom", I'm going to assume he got a few different drum sets mixed up in his head while shopping, or they were able to order a Mars set a little differently than the standard catalog offerings. I'd say you have the year range right, from 1992-1994. The older badges, like in 1992, are possible to take off the old wrap and salvage. The 1993 and newer badge was more of a decal. I'm sure there are some skilled surgeons out there who could slice it off the wrap. I probably would've cut the wrap around the badge to salvage them. As for the wood... 9-ply cross laminated hardwood shells with choice wood grain interiors... could be anything really. Definitely a cool set, especially if you are a fan of Biohazard. I have one of their albums. It's cool to know he had a Mapex kit.
  12. Brand New Drummer Podcast!!!

    I was just watching this video on YT. I've been slacking on music the past couple weeks. Interesting concept, dude. I'll have to check out the website streams here in a bit. Good luck with it man!
  13. Mapex Orion NON VIRGIN KICK?

    Well, there you go. New information. Now we know you could get non-virgin Orion bass drums as late as 1995, but not later than 1996.
  14. Mapex Orion NON VIRGIN KICK?

    You would have to go all the way back to 1992, at the latest that I know of.
  15. Yamaha EAD10

    Well, it didn't take long for someone to use one of these inappropriately.