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Mapex introduced three new dramatic sparkle finishes for the Saturn Drum Series. Laser Canary is a bright yellow finish with subtle multi-color sparkles and Black Cherry Sparkle is a spectacularly rich, deep red sparkle with a high-gloss lacquer finish. The third new finish, Electric Blue Sparkle, is a highly flecked concentrated blue finish. All three finishes were specially formulated to take full advantage of intense stage lighting.

The new Laser Canary finish has already enjoyed an illustrious debut when the prototype drum set traveled on a seven-city tour with Living Colour, featuring Mapex Artist, Will Calhoun.

"The reaction to the drums was incredible," says Calhoun. "Not only did the kit sound terrific, but people couldn't stop commenting on the finish. I can't say I blame them. I fell for the color the second I saw it."

Like all Mapex lacquered drums, the new finishes are applied using a unique, eight coat, hand-rubbed procedure. This process results in Mapex's celebrated, mirror-like, high-gloss finish.

Mapex's Saturn Series drums feature incredibly thin 6-ply, 5.1mm shells. The four outer plies are North American maple, while the two interior plies are walnut. The result is a drum with remarkable bottom end, full tonal range and an amazing amount of cut.

Saturn Series drums are available in five and six-piece sets and come complete with newly upgraded Mapex 750 Series double braced hardware. Individual components are also available. Retail pricing for a five-piece Saturn drum set starts at $2,749.00. Product is scheduled to arrive at authorized retailers in January 2006.

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