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Jerry Skiddz

Mapex Orion drums needed

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Hey all!

I'm trying to put together a shell bank of Mapex Orions, and all I need now are a 15" tom or floor tom, and a 22" (and possibly a 20") bass drum. Any finish/finish condition is fine, so long as the shell is still good structurally, and the hardware (chrome) isn't jacked up (I'd actually prefer a bad finish, so I could save some cash, haha).  Looking for the version with the silver badge that says "Mapex Orion Series".  Thank you.
 

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I'll keep an eye out, but I try to stay off eBay/craigslist to keep myself from spending money these days.

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1 hour ago, SpeedNinja said:

I'll keep an eye out, but I try to stay off eBay/craigslist to keep myself from spending money these days.

Much appreciated!  I've been scouring eBay, Reverb, Music-Go-Round, Guitar Center used gear, Sam Ash used gear, and Craigslist (ALL Craigslists across the US), without much luck on these.  I may end up just getting Saturn 3 bass drums, but that 15" Orion tom is probably gonna be a pain to find.  I'm holding off on going the Saturn route for now, just in case I can find an Orion kit with the 15" and one (or both?) of the bass drums I need.  However, if I find the 15" Orion separately, I'll likely just buy Saturn kicks since they're pretty easy to find.

 

It all started on Craigslist actually...  Stumbled across an endorser-owned Orion (not Orbiter), with a well-toured red sparkle custom paint job.  The chrome hardware is all excellent though - 10x8, 12x8, 13x10, 14x14, 16x16, 18x16, 24x16, 24x16, 14x5.5 snare, and three heavy duty Mapex tom stands with four tom arms...  $750.  Then I recently found a green 8x8 on Reverb for $100.  I plan to refinish the whole lot once I get these last few drums, so color doesn't matter.

 

I had originally intended to split the kit into two, and sell them separately.  Probably could've made a couple/few hundred bucks.  Then I started thinking about just rounding out the bunch so no matter what the gig, I will have the ability to put together the perfect kit...  Which brings us here. 

 

 

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That set is pretty bad ass the way it is, other than the beat up finish.

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Thanks!  I dig the kit, for sure.  I'm just not big on 24" bass drums.  I mean, it's nice to have in case a gig/session ever calls for it, but I'm typically a 22" guy myself.  And I love 15" "floor" toms (I hang mine).  My usual go-to setup is one up (12"), one down.  The interval, to me, between a 12 and 14 is just too small for rock settings, being the only two toms, and 14" toms always seem to lack the cajones I'm looking for in a floor tom.  And I feel like going from 12 to 16 is a little too drastic.  Most "big rock" kits you see have a 13" tom, and a 16" floor tom.  Been the standard for a long time.  Dave Grohl even used a 15" and an 18" in Nirvana.  There's just something about that 3" interval.

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I bought a kit with a 24" kick once and I couldn't get comfortable behind it.  I can sympathize with you on that one.

A lot of metal guys have switched to 10/12/16/18 for toms.  The mid range seems to get lost in the music.  I'm not a big fan of 13" toms.  I bought an orphaned one because it was cheap and matched my kit, but I never had the intention to play it.  Maybe with the 18" floor tom in a 4-piece if I don't used it in a mini-kit.

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