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SpeedNinja last won the day on February 21

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About SpeedNinja

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    Vintage Mapex Guru
  • Birthday 03/21/1984

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  • 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. Pantera Walk

    Good stuff man. I've always loved playing this one with friends.
  2. Getting Back Behind the Kit

    Yeah, it takes a while to rebuild nerve endings for fine motor control. With an older band, I got to the point where I could play the set straight through without needing to hear anyone. They were originals, and I counted in for every song. I don't know my current band's (cover) songs that well (they don't either), and we're all new at playing with each other, so I can't be that rigid yet. Ideally, I'd like to get back to that level. I hate relying on having to hear everyone perfectly all the time. If I get to a gig and I can't hear them, I'll tell them after the first song and then it's on them to keep up. Not ideal, but neither is losing one of your senses. I have a similar problem. I discovered, accidentally, that using lighter sticks allows me to lay into the kit. The downside is finding lighter sticks which maintain a similar balance to my normal sticks. They usually end up being shorter in length, which changes some things.
  3. Mapex Mars Series identification

    You have the latest lugs and badges, but the older L-arm/mounts from the upper end Mapex lines. Bass spurs are the older original style. Floor tom leg brackets are also the older original style. The 1992 drums still had the newer lugs, but still had the Pearl style 7/8" tom arms, spurs, floor tom brackets and badges. The 1997 drums had updates on everything except the badges and lugs that you have. We don't have literature to pinpoint, but 1993-1996 would be the year range. I'd estimate on the older end of that. You might get lucky with sending the serial numbers to Mapex and asking them. If you do that, please let us know so we can update our information. Tell us even if they don't have information for you, that way we can pin down how far back their records go.
  4. Learn How to Play a Trap Beat

    HAHA! It's definitely motivation to get better, especially since I don't believe the configuration should limit you as a player, outside of using multiple toms to play a scale or melody. I can't touch him at this point. The dude is sick, and he plays everything. Yes, even short blast beats... and vocals at the same time. There's an older drummer who's gotten back into playing recently. He complained to the guy and there's been a rack tom back on the kit ever since. I think he just didn't feel like setting up the full kit. He actually sought me out this week and thanked me for coming out again (I haven't played every week. Sometimes the band goes to watch and support), so I don't think he's super malicious or anything. But yeah, if I got good enough to hang with him, I'd totally shred the kit while staring right at him. It could make for a fun back and forth with the guy.
  5. Hello. I have a 14x6.5 snare shell what I can do with them

    Welcome! That's a good question. What can you do with it?
  6. Tama superstar aquamarine

    Are those finished on the inside? And are those pinstripe heads on the resonant sides?
  7. max roach drums also waltzes

    Good stuff man. Welcome to the forum!
  8. Drum sound. Let's look at shells.

    Dude is in denial, or needs his hearing checked. I hear differences. Also, I do hear resonance differences in full set play. I did notice that there was less of a sound difference when the toms were tuned higher and more of a difference when he loosened the heads. Then he went on to explain that the opposite is true.
  9. KBRAKES - Stop the Creep!

    65 Drums did a review on these. I figured it was worth posting here in case anyone searches for them.
  10. Learn How to Play a Trap Beat

    Your video auto-played for me. I had to stop working to look at it and see what was up with the snare drum, then I saw the title and got what you were doing. Trap is weird to play. One of the local open mic places has a drummer who sets up a trap style kit, and then he complains that nobody else plays it well. I guess I'll have to learn this stuff to shut him up.
  11. An electric kit for a beginner?

    Welcome to OD! I think @francescoazzaritiis our resident e-kit drummer. He might have some suggestions. I've been watching occasional videos from 65 Drums on YouTube to try and learn a little more about these things. He might have a video on that Alesis kit. My buddy has a Yamaha DTX 430k, or something similar, in his apartment. He bought it for drummers to be able to come over and jam at his place, but I'm pretty much the only one who uses it. It's not amazing and I can't play everything the way I do on my set, but we can rehearse the songs. If you can afford the Alesis you mentioned, I'd say that looks way nicer than the Yamaha I'm using. Keep us posted on what you get and how you like it. I have a feeling most drummers will end up switching to some sort of e-kit eventually. Just about every other [band] musician plays an electric version of their instrument these days.
  12. Yeah, that's pretty emo. I think you found a good balance there. You're not over playing, but you also didn't let the song fade into an abyss of boringness.
  13. identify my mapex model

    I actually liked these "nameless" badges more than the V or VX (I think Pro M and M used a similar one too). Much cleaner looking.
  14. Recording setup for $1500

    I don't know if any of you are familiar with Glenn Fricker. I loosely know who he is myself, but from what I've heard of his work, I'm not going to argue with his advice. He does more metal stuff, but I think you can apply the gear list towards anything. He just put this video out, and it's pretty helpful to me at the moment. I figured I'd pass it along. He gives a good starting point for what to buy if you're just getting into the recording world, if you can sit through all the drummer and bassist jokes. TBH, his jokes aren't far from the truth. Obviously all of this can be upgraded. I think most of us would be happier with spending cash on better drum gear than recording gear for cheap in-home recordings anyway. The $1500 Recording Studio Challenge | SpectreSoundStudios TUTORIAL
  15. identify my mapex model

    I really need to figure out which computer I saved all the digital catalogs on... Off the top of my head I'd guess 2007-2012ish Q or QR (or similar) series with basswood shells. Judging by the configuration and wrap, it's probably the "lowest" line they offered at the time. The shells and mounts were used in pretty much all of their entry level series back then.

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