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    Mapex Saturn in Transparent Black 12x8, 14x14, 20x14 (10x8 not pictured)
    Coated G2s over clear G1s on toms, Coated p3 over fiberskyn p3 on the kick

    Sonor Benny Greb Signature Snare 13x5.75
    DW Gonbops Brass Snare 14x6.5

    14" Meinl Byzance Vintage Sand hats
    18" Meinl Byzance Jazz Thin crash
    8" Meinl Byzance Traditional splash
    20" Meinl Byzance Vintage Pure Light ride
    19" Sabian HHX-Treme crash
    12" stagg DH china/stagg beginner 16"/byzance trad 10" stack (all badly cracked)

    Not shown are my 22" Byzance Dark Spectrum ride or 22" Artisan (maybe selling). Tempted to buy some 14" byzance trad thin hats too. And maayyybe one more crash.

    Yamaha 700 series hardware, flying dragon single pedal, Pearl D1000spn












    Old kit: Gretsch New Classic

  • #3
    Awesome setup!!! Great drums & I dig your taste in cymbals!

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    • #4
      Nice kit, brah. I'm keen on those wing nut replacements.

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      • #5
        Looks really nice!

        I miss my old Mapex Saturns...

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        • #6
          Is transparent black just black? Like Pearl's piano black?

          Also, I'd throw a rug under that baby.
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          • #7
            Nice kit and setup!
            How does that HHX blend in with the Meinls?
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            • #8
              Originally posted by FL Drummer View Post
              Awesome setup!!! Great drums & I dig your taste in cymbals!
              Cheers bro!
              Originally posted by nik12 View Post
              Nice kit, brah. I'm keen on those wing nut replacements.
              Ta. yeah, got them from a local drum repairer who makes them. Look quite fancy

              Originally posted by Gherkin View Post
              Looks really nice!
              I miss my old Mapex Saturns...
              They're not bad drums. How'd you compare them to your New Classic? I used to have a NC, but it was a while ago, so i can't really remember the sound to compare them, haha.

              Originally posted by dean13 View Post
              Is transparent black just black? Like Pearl's piano black?
              Also, I'd throw a rug under that baby.
              Nope, not at all. It looks green close up actually, but not through the camera. Can also look grey.
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              The whole point of this kit is to be a decent sounding, relatively nice looking set of drums that i don't baby. I can chuck them about and get scrapes and not care. Then later in life I can get another 'precious' kit. So yeah, screw a rug!

              Originally posted by Guillaume View Post
              Nice kit and setup!
              How does that HHX blend in with the Meinls?
              Cheers brooooo! Blends in just fine. It's cleaner sounding, but is nice to have that sonic option.


              Old kit: Gretsch New Classic

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              • #9
                Originally posted by Artisan View Post


                They're not bad drums. How'd you compare them to your New Classic? I used to have a NC, but it was a while ago, so i can't really remember the sound to compare them, haha.


                Then later in life I can get another 'precious' kit. So yeah, screw a rug!

                Great drums! Not sure you deserve them!

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by sticks4drums View Post
                  Great drums! Not sure you deserve them!
                  Please grow up. They're just drums. Certainly excellent value for money drums too, which is why I chose them.


                  Old kit: Gretsch New Classic

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Artisan View Post
                    They're not bad drums. How'd you compare them to your New Classic? I used to have a NC, but it was a while ago, so i can't really remember the sound to compare them, haha.
                    I think the Saturns I've had were much better sounding, better built drums. I had two kits, a 2x 20x18, 8x7, 10x8, 14x12F, 16x14F monster in Transparent Cherry Red and a smaller 20x16, 10x8 and 14x12 Mango Burst kit that I put die-cast hoops on. The finishes and bearing edges on both kits were flawless and they had a massive tuning range and sweet-spot.

                    I ended up getting the New Classics because I wanted a smaller bass drum and I couldn't get one made in the Mango Burst finish. They're nice drums, but the finish has some weird patches and the tuning range and sweet-spot is much smaller.

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Gherkin View Post
                      I think the Saturns I've had were much better sounding, better built drums. I had two kits, a 2x 20x18, 8x7, 10x8, 14x12F, 16x14F monster in Transparent Cherry Red and a smaller 20x16, 10x8 and 14x12 Mango Burst kit that I put die-cast hoops on. The finishes and bearing edges on both kits were flawless and they had a massive tuning range and sweet-spot.

                      I ended up getting the New Classics because I wanted a smaller bass drum and I couldn't get one made in the Mango Burst finish. They're nice drums, but the finish has some weird patches and the tuning range and sweet-spot is much smaller.
                      Wow! Very interesting. I found the tuning range on my NCs alright. The build quality is certainly excellent. I'm going to stain the shell interiors too. I have to say that I love mango burst! Almost all of the saturn finishes are very good looking. I do love the thin shells. They'd be super lightweight kits, but then the hardware is excessively bulky and thus it weighs quite a lot.


                      Old kit: Gretsch New Classic

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Artisan View Post
                        Please grow up. They're just drums. Certainly excellent value for money drums too, which is why I chose them.
                        Telling me to grow up, when you don't seem to know the value of money. I am sure if you pay more for your next kit they will be much more impressive!

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by sticks4drums View Post
                          Telling me to grow up, when you don't seem to know the value of money. I am sure if you pay more for your next kit they will be much more impressive!
                          I'm sure they won't be much more impressive. In fact I know they won't. As I said, they're all just drums. However, they will have to my eyes nicer looking hardware, logo and an exotic finish


                          Old kit: Gretsch New Classic

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by sticks4drums View Post
                            Telling me to grow up, when you don't seem to know the value of money. I am sure if you pay more for your next kit they will be much more impressive!
                            There's something beautiful about a heavily used instrument that's been worn in from many gigs and traveling around. It should not be considered a sign of misuse .
                            I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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