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About SpeedNinja

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    Vintage Mapex Guru
  • Birthday 03/21/1984

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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
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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

    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

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  1. Interesting. While it definitely sounds like there are Evans heads on them, it also sounds like the shells come through more than other materials. I'd love to throw my usual Remo setup on these and see how they sound. Would've been cool to see an 18x16" tom added, although I'm sure I'd have to sell two cars to afford it at that point.
  2. That Sleishman design doesn't seem to be going away. I haven't seen and cheap/broken Raptor doubles to convert into a pedal like this, but it's physically doable. I was also looking at having some parts machined and trying an Axis version, because their left hand model is... wonky. Looks like Resurrection is a dealer. I'll have to stop in and check them out, especially since I should buy new drum heads. I've gone criminally long on the Meridian kit... still the original heads. 😲
  3. Which snare did you get with your kit? Aren't you able to swap it out for different models? I honestly haven't kept up with Mapex since the forum went on hiatus, but I'm pretty sure that was the deal when they came out. I'd probably go with the Dillinger out of the options offered given the songs my current band plays. Generally, selling the stock snare that came with a kit is a money loser, if you can sell it at all. Most of them only get used until someone can afford something else, and then the original snare ends up as a decoration, or in a closet, and forgotten about.
  4. Good to see you back!
  5. I have an old VHS lesson or two... I should figure out where those went off to and see if they're in this digital library.
  6. I'm excited to see how the Panthers screw up the Bobrovsky signing, unless Coach Q can actually teach our defense how to actually play defense. Then we might actually be set up to lose in the first round again. The nearest university (FAU) is 10-0 so far this season, which is impressive.
  7. I found a picture of the natural kit, which originally had the champagne burst bass drum before I found a natural one and sold it. I sold the 14x5.5 hammered steel MPX snare with these shells. That's the one I put the satin black hardware on to give it some contrast. It was 12x8, 16x14, 22x18. I contacted a vehicle wrap company about the drums. I don't have a good feeling about this so far. I might have to find someone else, or buy the material and wrap them myself. If I go the DIY route, it'll probably be a glitter/sparkle style. I'd prefer green, but since I'm selling it... red, blue or orange are probably better.
  8. Very interesting. I need to try one of these.
  9. They really went all out with the finish. I think we'll see more of this with all these machining and cutting tools becoming cheaper.
  10. Oh man, that's rough. Best of luck to Frankie. I hope they can find something to help him.
  11. Careful. Carl is back too. He might take umbrage with your handle, dude.
  12. Haha! Everything is officially 😉 back to normal.
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