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  • Mapex Orion?How good is it?Pro level?

    Im just wondering if this is any good? Can you get better drums?

    Thanks

    Info on thease drums? are the they same as the mapex orion today?

    From what I've been told the model from the mid 90s.

    Any info?

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    Im just wondering if this is any good? Can you get better drums?

    Thanks


    The Orions are really nice! As for your next question, it will spark pages of debate a discussion over whats better.

    My opinion is this: I choose to play Mapex for several reasons. I wanted certain features on my kit, Mapex had them all. The fact that the kick has the "no drill" tom mount that is easily removed for a virgin look is cool. I have converted mine to virgin, but it is nice to know that I can throw the mount back on in 10 minutes. The tom mounts are first class and solid as a rock, very similar to DW. I wanted a sparkle lacquer not a wrap, Saturns are lacquer. Orions have beautiful finishes as well. When I bought my Saturns I 3thought I wanted hanging toms (14 and 16). Once I had them I decided that individual floor toms would be better for what I wanted. No problem, Mapex ahas a kit for adding the legs to your toms. No drilling, the mounts are the same as if you ordered floor toms.

    As for the tone of the kits well, whats better? The Orions are N. American maple. I am proud of my Saturns, they sound amazing and they record so nice! And the best part is....a 6 piece kit, 1600.00 shells only. The Orions are alot more I believe. I do not know if I would go Orion over the Saturns. Plus the Saturns are mixed wood kits, Maple with walnut. Now having said all of this I would also love to have a DW, Starclassic B/B, classic maple Ludwigs, Yamaha oaks or maples. At a certain level who can tell. :thu:
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      JBrigs, thanks for typing my EXACT answer to this question, word for word. Incredible! It's early and I'm not awake yet. What he said.:thu:
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      • #4
        Im just wondering if this is any good? Can you get better drums?

        Thanks

        If they blow your skirt up, buy em and learn to make them sound good.

        worrying if there's a better kit out there somewhere is a total waste of energy. of course there is. who cares?
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        • #5
          Yes, pro drums. Yes, there are other good choices. Buy what you like!
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          • #6
            Im just wondering if this is any good? Can you get better drums?

            Thanks

            Info on thease drums? are the they same as the mapex orion today?

            From what I've been told the model from the mid 90s.

            Any info?


            Given that you have to spec each shell out and buy them individually, I'd say it's more of a custom-pro kit, than a pro kit.

            Saturns are their pro-level...
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            • #7
              Pro drums- yes
              Best- no.
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              • #8
                Pro drums- yes
                Best- no.


                Hopefully you mean that in the "best is a personal decision" and not in terms of them being sub-par...
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                • #9
                  Orions are excellent drums. I've played a set as well as a set of Saturns. Both looked and sounded beautiful.

                  I long ago stopped buying anything but Yamaha Drums, but I think Mapex puts out some good stuff. I would say that they are comparable to anything you would find in that price range by Pearl, for example, and Pearl makes good stuff, too.
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                  • #10
                    Hopefully you mean that in the "best is a personal decision" and not in terms of them being sub-par...


                    All I mean is there are several drum companies making drums out of logs, instead of plies... You can always get better drums. i.e. Brady
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                    • #11
                      All I mean is there are several drum companies making drums out of logs, instead of plies... You can always get better drums. i.e. Brady


                      Logs. Craviotto. Drool.

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                      • #12
                        Logs. Craviotto. Drool.


                        Exactly. If anyone says any ply set is better than any of those mentioned, they are mental.
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                        • #13
                          A shame i'll NEVER be able to afford a craviotto kit. Unless i make it in a band. Is Unix stave or solid?

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                            stave :love:
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                            • #15
                              I'd define "pro level" as having high quality wood and hardware, excellent fit and finish, and produced with consistent quality and sound. Saturns and Orions should fit that bill, although they have different ply configurations.

                              In theory, the Meridian Maple drums should have similar ply layups as the Orion, and I've heard they do use the same wood (without the exotic outer ply), but the hardware is a step down.

                              That said, if I had $3k to drop on a drum set, I would not be looking at Orions. Probably Gretsch or Tama, but that's my taste. I even think Ludwig would be a better take for a vintage sound, with better resale. It just seems like you pay a lot of money for the flashy finish.
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