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SpeedNinja last won the day on November 27

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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...
  • 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. What are your thoughts?

    I think any drum set for next to nothing is a good drum set. Those are some interesting sized drums. I like that configuration. There's lots of little things with the steel bass hoops, basic wrap colors and Pearl style tom arms, but I'm sure they'll sound just fine and hold up decently. It's a USA made company, right?
  2. Stumbled across these today. Dude knows what he's talking about from an anatomy standpoint. Could be helpful to some people. Excuse me while I go jack my throne back up to where I used to play it.
  3. Bum Wrap Drum Co

    They have some different stuff. I picked a wood grain I liked and priced it out. They don't have the exact sizes, but it'll be about $270 for the size kit I priced out above. It's a little higher than the other one, but I'm assuming that could go higher or lower if I changed the "color" of the wrap. They have better wood grain patterns though. I wouldn't rule them out on that price difference.
  4. Bum Wrap Drum Co

    I think it's a burl or sorts. Fades look cool, especially with black hardware, but that's not what I want for my kit. Their wood grains are really repetitive. I'm not sure that matters too much since you can only see so much of the drums at a time. That being said, I'm sure someone could design a continuous graphic to print for each size. Alpi does it for their "wood" veneers. It's a 21mil matierial. I don't know if it's laminated or not. I supposed buying a few samples would answer that question. I assume it's printed on a large format printer, probably on a roll. There are a lot of really durable materials out there. Laminate them to the back of a high gloss clear and they'll have some depth to them. I'm sure there are other materials with depth to them at this point. I haven't worked in the printing industry in 10 years. Lots of cool stuff out there.
  5. Yamaha EAD10

    This is... interesting. https://europe.yamaha.com/en/products/musical_instruments/drums/ea_drums/ead/ead10/index.html
  6. Bum Wrap Drum Co

    They've been mentioned here and there. Looks like they've added a few since the last time I looked. Still not exactly what I'm looking for, but it's about $230 for my jelly bean kit if I find a snare and second floor tom for it. That's actually not that bad, considering material and time costs for other options. I like this wood grain pattern, but I don't want a fade. The only green they have listed is too bright. I'm sure they can make changes and print another variation of their existing files pretty easily.
  7. I like this version better than the original. Well done to you and George.
  8. NAMM 2018 Expectations

    Drum Tech made something that provides even tension. There's a thread on it here somewhere. In the videos I watched, you can hear pitch bends here and there. I think this comes from the small inconsistencies in the heads themselves, and possibly the bearing edges. Overall, it makes tuning quicker, but you need to have some fine tuning capabilities to make it work perfectly.
  9. NAMM 2018 Expectations

    Maybe not going as far as full eDrums, but I've always wondered why putting microphones on a drum set have never become more integrated. It's always a clunky afterthought that gets in the way. We should have more options for integrated mics, preferably internally mounted. Maybe the existing patents are a barrier to entry for competitors right now. Maybe some drum manufacturers need to co-op with a sound equipment company and find a way to integrate a mic and XLR jack into hardware/holes already present in a typical drum shell. Maybe they add one more minimally invasive hole. Cymbals would still be tricky, but that's usually 4 mics (2 overheads, hi-hat, ride) at most anyway, and they're usually out of the way. Maybe more people using triggers and samples is the answer to getting around this problem. I do. There is a lot of untapped potential here. As far as I know, Axis is the only company with aluminum hardware. Composite tubes could be used as well. That's just for weight reduction. With some imagination, I'm sure there are lots of potential improvements available. Drummers just have to be convinced that the new ideas are solid and reliable. As for hardware on the drums themselves... I've wondered why we're still using stamped or cast steel and brass. Sometimes that steel is... not really steel. I know composite material and tooling is expensive, but you could remove a lot of mass from a drum shell with using something like carbon fiber/kevlar lugs and hoops. That would help with resonance and transport.
  10. What are they worth?

    I've struggled with used drum purchases on eBay the past few years. Shipping is a deal breaker on everything. I've found better deals locally on Craigslist. Something else that factors in is quality had gone up in a lot of lower end kits, and almost all mid range kits. You're competing with those as well. It's a weird market. I used to pay no more than half of what drums were new. Now, I wouldn't pay that much unless it had the hardware and cymbals to go with it, and they were something I wanted. I also don't have a need to buy anything. Selling drums is weird. You can have something nice and in great shape, but to most buyers, it's just a drum set and they're looking for the best deal on a drum set. Any drum set. Brand/level almost means nothing. I keep forgetting about https://reverb.com/ . Maybe you can get an idea there, or sell it there. At any rate, you'll probably lose a good amount of money on the set. Look around a little, pick a number and list them. If you get a lot of hits, your number might be too low. Relist them for more. If you don't get any bites, then wait it out and slowly lower the price over time until you reach your bottom dollar. There's probably a Genista fan out there who would be interested. They just have to find your set for sale.
  11. Should I order my drum shell with veneer or do it myself?

    I'm of the DIY mindest myself and have a thread on wanting to attempt this when house projects slow down. I'm going to *potentially* mangle some cheap drums first to give it a try before I veneer the drums that I really want to look nice. I'm also waiting to pick up another orphan drum or two for that set and do it all at the same time. I'm not looking to do ebony, but I'm sure the general process would be similar for any wood type. I'd like to see CNC video of that drum being drilled out, if you can manage to record it. That would be cool to watch.
  12. Sabian Sound Kit

    Mikey, did you ever get one? I may have found a purpose for one of these if the recording features are decent.
  13. NAMM 2018 Expectations

    Probably won't be a popular one, but the industry eventually catches up with the DIY crowd eventually... acoustic to electric conversion packs, but higher quality. I'd like to see real cymbals being used, or something that behaves close enough to a real cymbal. More head/trigger options. Universal controller/brain/module/DCU compatibility. I feel like everyone is designing systems that are almost entirely proprietary, or not compatible/upgradable with different software or newer peripherals. There needs to be more of a standard style/system across the board. I only suggest that since I've been trying to get a top 40 cover band going. All those "artists" are using infinite digitally created sound sources. If you're trying to play an acoustic kit, every song sounds weird. (Too bad Zildjian discontinued... wait... I have a second thing I'd like to see below.) There's also a need for loops and clicks. It would be a lot easier if you could buy one unit that has all this integrated into the DCU. Zildjian needs to bring back, and maybe expand, the ReMix line. Also, integrate that with their Gen16 system.
  14. Hello from AZ

    Definitely post pics when you've got it all dressed up.
  15. Mapex Christmas Tree.

    Epic. I picked up a super cheap Percussion Plus set wrapped in green. I might make that my tree now. Thanks for the idea!

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