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TenPastTen 08-18-2007 11:17 PM

UPDATED GEAR My Mapex Surprise!
 
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UPDATE ALERT. Post 85 has most recent pictures.

Here's the deal. I have been fascinated with drums/drummers/drumming since I was tiny. I never pursued music so never thought I would actually own drums. Well, for my 30th birthday, my wife threw a surprise party for me with about 40 friends and relatives. My wife sings in a little church band and had her band play some selections for me. The set list included some of my faves: Tom Sawyer, Stranglehold, Barracuda, Hey Man Nice Shot, Sweet Emotion, War Pigs, etc. The big reveal came when she introd the band and announced the drummer was on my new set! What a sweet lady. That was Jul, 06. I've spent the last year or so tweaking - a labor of love. Hope you enjoy!

Drums: Mapex M Birch in Black Forest Green Finish
Fusion sizes:
Bass 22 x 18
Toms 8 x 8
10 x 8
12 x 9
14 x 11
Snare 14 x 5.5
Aux snare: Pacific Maple Natural Gloss finish 14 x 5

Cymbals: Sabian (brilliant finish unless noted)
14" AAX Xcelerator Hats
18 XS 20 MedThin Crash (Natural)
16 B8 Pro Med Crash
10 AA Splash (Natural)
18 AA el Sabor Crash/Ride (Natural)
21 AA Rock Ride
18 B8 Pro China

Heads: Evans
Bass
Stock Reso
EMAD 2 Batter
Toms
G2 Coated Batters
G1 Coated Resos
Main Snare
EC2 Batter
Hazy 300 snare side
Aux Snare
EC2 Reverse Dot Batter
Hazy 300 snare side

Sticks: Various Vic Firth

Hardware: Mapex (and a couple Tama pieces)
Tama Iron Cobra Power Glide Twin pedal

Percussion: LP Black Beauty mounted on bass hoop
Factory Metal Percussion Hi Hat Jingler
I also use some MoonGels.

radeq 08-19-2007 12:07 AM

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nice looking kit mate! what head do you have on you second snare?

TenPastTen 08-19-2007 12:16 AM

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Originally Posted by radeq (Post 349607)
nice looking kit mate! what head do you have on you second snare?

Thanks for the note. The aux snare has an Evans EC2 reverse dot on batter and Hazy 300 snare side.

joeybeats 08-19-2007 12:23 AM

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Great looking drumset. Never played a Mapex, does it sound as good as it looks? That aux snare, do you use it much as a player with one year of drumming experience? I always wanted one, but think I wouldn't get to it enough to justify the purchase. What kind of music are you playing? Do you sit in with your wife's band? Joey

TenPastTen 08-19-2007 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by joeybeats (Post 349613)
Great looking drumset. Never played a Mapex, does it sound as good as it looks? That aux snare, do you use it much as a player with one year of drumming experience? I always wanted one, but think I wouldn't get to it enough to justify the purchase. What kind of music are you playing? Do you sit in with your wife's band? Joey

Thanks. To answer your questions: yes it does sound as good as it looks (much like your own Neil Peart tribute).
I usually only use one snare b/c of space (however it's the Pacific b/c I have it tuned very sensitive with a crisp pop); I can recommend having an aux snare just to widen the sonic pallette a bit. Plus no one has bought his last drum...lol.
Despite the fusion sizes, I play mostly hard rock, a little funk, and I take stabs at some jazz.
And lastly no, I don't sit in w/ wife's band cuz i'm just not good enough to gig yet. Plenty of missteps and restarts in my drumming, but I love to practice and get better.

drumr0 08-19-2007 01:27 AM

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Wow!! What a great looking kit. I like the setup alot. I'd roll over and die if my wife got me anything drum related!!! You say you are learning how to play, it looks like you have all the tools you need become excellent!!

Mapex589 08-19-2007 01:36 AM

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I own the same set....color and all but I have legs on my two floor toms. Your wife is awesome to get you that set.....you are going to love that kit. That color rules too. Enjoy my friend!!

thumper 08-19-2007 05:05 AM

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Wow-what an awesome lady you have! Mine takes the "easy way out" and gets me Long& Mcquade gift cards....

Salicete 08-19-2007 05:10 AM

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Really cool kit, but apparently an even cooler wife.

Congratulations on both counts!

Class A Drummer 08-19-2007 06:03 AM

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Great looking set. The finish is great.

You need to upgrade a few cymbals, but thats no problem, and not a necessity.

fourstringdrums 08-19-2007 06:15 AM

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Very lovely kit and a lovely wife from the sounds of it :)

fijjibo 08-19-2007 12:22 PM

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Lovely story behind that kit.

Mapex rules!!!!

lol - its true.

spartacus1989 08-19-2007 12:25 PM

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Beautiful kit! Fantastic setup!

TenPastTen 02-11-2008 06:12 AM

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UPDATED PICS.

Here are some updated pics with some new gear. Many poses are the same as my first post; sorry for the lack of creativity. The pics are straight out of the Department of Redundancy Department. Sorry for my goofy reflection in the bass reso in the first pic (any of you photoshop wizards want to make like David Copperfield and make me go "poof" that's fine by me).

CYMBAL CHANGES:

16 B8 Pro med crash out 16 AA Rock crash in
18 B8 Pro china out 18 AAX Ozone crash in

HARDWARE CHANGES:

Mapex 500 series hi hat stand out Gibraltar Ultra Adjust hi hat stand in

The pics also represent my most common setup with the moongels on the toms, the PDP as the main snare, and the Mapex snare collecting dust (space constraints). Enjoy!

driver 02-11-2008 02:45 PM

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Great looking kit. Natural light makes it look really clean. How do you like those Hornets? They seem really interesting I'd love to try before I buy.

Mr. Pasquini 02-11-2008 03:06 PM

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Have you tried pulling in the floor tom closer? it looks like its way out in right field...

baz 02-11-2008 04:03 PM

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...very nice TenPast.

How do you like the el sabor? I have that same cymbal, and I love it.

I would love to take some outside pics of my kit, but that is hard to do when my yard has three feet of snow in it.

Barry

TenPastTen 02-11-2008 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr. Pasquini (Post 408694)
Have you tried pulling in the floor tom closer? it looks like its way out in right field...


Yeah, it may appear that way, but for my size it's where it has to be. I do tweak it occasionaly since it shares a stand with the ride...

TenPastTen 02-11-2008 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by baz (Post 408717)
...very nice TenPast.

How do you like the el sabor? I have that same cymbal, and I love it.

I would love to take some outside pics of my kit, but that is hard to do when my yard has three feet of snow in it.

Barry

Thanks, Barry.

The el sabor is my favorite cymbal. I hit 3 to 1 over any other crash. I chose it for the crash/ride versatilty and the raw bell.

It was 71 degrees (Farenheit, of course) when I took those pictures yesterday. Don't be jealous though, because hurricane season is right around the corner. I've never shoveled snow in my life and you have probably never had 4 feet of water in your car. I wouldn't be envious of either of us. Yikes.

Resok 02-11-2008 05:14 PM

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TenPastTen How did you get that floor tom clamp thing on the cymbal stand? Do you know anywhere I could get one? I've been looking for one for ages here in the uk.
Cheers.

Mr. Pasquini 02-11-2008 05:23 PM

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Ok, I was just wondering. very beautiful setup!

baz 02-11-2008 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by TenPastTen (Post 408736)

you have probably never had 4 feet of water in your car.

...unless pee, vomit, and spilled beer count.

I love my el sabor as well. I used to use it as a crash ride, then with my Manhattan ride, primarilly for the bell. I found a used 20" el sabor ride, and 14" el sabor hats, so I know use the el sabor trio with an 18" HHXtreme crash as my LOUD cymbals. I like the trashiness of the extreme crash, as it is not as obnoxious as a china. iIt looks like you use the ozone crash for the same purpose.

Barry

TenPastTen 02-12-2008 05:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Resok (Post 408737)
TenPastTen How did you get that floor tom clamp thing on the cymbal stand? Do you know anywhere I could get one? I've been looking for one for ages here in the uk.
Cheers.

Check this link out. I did the UK version, so the clamp is not identical to mine, but I hope it helps. Mine just came in the hardware included in my M Birch kit. Happy hunting.
http://http://www.mapex.co.uk/produc...ies/index.html

Resok 02-12-2008 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by TenPastTen (Post 408938)
Check this link out. I did the UK version, so the clamp is not identical to mine, but I hope it helps. Mine just came in the hardware included in my M Birch kit. Happy hunting.
http://http://www.mapex.co.uk/produc...ies/index.html

Cheers mate, I'll have a look.

TenPastTen 02-12-2008 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by driver (Post 408689)
Great looking kit. Natural light makes it look really clean. How do you like those Hornets? They seem really interesting I'd love to try before I buy.

Thanks for the compliment. I was really pleasantly surprized by the Hornets. I generally like lighter sticks so the 7A was the only model I really was willing to get. But I had to see them in person before I would shell over the money, so I would suggest that to you. There's no way these sticks will have a universal appeal - every hand is different. Here is a link to some other Hornets discussion.
http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=34390

TitanSound 02-12-2008 05:05 PM

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Tasty looking kit. Really liking the colour too!

Big_Philly 02-12-2008 09:01 PM

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Whoa, nice kit man! I like the finish a lot, and that cymbal set-up is great. How's the O-zone crash?
I also like that hi-hat stand, very flexible.

TenPastTen 02-16-2008 04:59 AM

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Originally Posted by baz (Post 408744)
I love my el sabor as well. I used to use it as a crash ride, then with my Manhattan ride, primarilly for the bell. I found a used 20" el sabor ride, and 14" el sabor hats, so I know use the el sabor trio with an 18" HHXtreme crash as my LOUD cymbals. I like the trashiness of the extreme crash, as it is not as obnoxious as a china. iIt looks like you use the ozone crash for the same purpose.

Barry

Bingo. I may add a china eventually, but I hated the "kang" of the B8 Pro. The ozone has almost a small gong quality to it with the wash. And because of what I'm getting out of the ozone, if I do go with another china, I want it to be really quick - not quite Sabian Chopper quick - but close.

GRUNTERSDAD 02-16-2008 05:07 AM

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Well after reading this post from the beginning, I must say that the drums, and the wife are both keepers. What a lovely kit. I have to ask, how do you like the Hornets?

TenPastTen 02-16-2008 05:07 AM

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Thanks to all for checking out my updates. I appreciate the feedback.

Mr. Pasquini - no big deal on the floor tom thing. And I dig your set up as well. Your cymbal choices seem very deliberate. That let's me know you took great care in selecting them.

TitanSound - Thanks for the note. There seemed to be a problem with your sig link. I can't wait to see your gear.

BigPhilly - Thanks as well. I was blown away by the finish, myself. The natural light is killer. As for the ozone, it is a really unique sound and surprizingly versitile. Like a china with a stick and like a small gong with a mallett or butt end of my Hornets.

Victor_se 02-23-2008 08:40 PM

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Hey Nice Set!

MUST sound awesome

Any recording of it?

donald4789 02-25-2008 07:50 AM

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beautiful kit. i wish i will marry a woman that great. love the m birch series, i have one too. again, just a great kit, you're a lucky man

frank0072 02-25-2008 10:06 AM

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Great set! It's great to be stimulated to play drums by your wife, my girlfriend got me into drumming too and insists on me putting my drumset in the living room when we get married in april.
Nice cymbals. How do you like your hats?

TenPastTen 02-25-2008 05:33 PM

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Thanks again for all the replies.

Gruntersdad - Thanks for reading my "story." I am very lucky to have both wife and drums. As for the Hornets, the early reviews are pleasantly surprised. Here is a linkhttp://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=34390

Victor - sorry to say i don't have near the capability for good audio. But I'll keep trying.

Donald - just find a woman who tolerates your hobbies rather than resists them. If she embraces your hobbies, marry her.

Frank - A drumkit is a PERFECT centerpiece for any living area. Fine woodwork deserves a showcase. As for the hats, I love them. Very bright and the airwave gives a great chick. Perfect for rock/pop/funk/punk etc.

Gearhead 02-25-2008 11:51 PM

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Nice kit! I bet the coated heads on top and bottom really warm the toms up.

fusssion 02-26-2008 01:37 PM

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Sweet Ten Past...

No one said anything, but ...tell us about that Gibralter hi-hat stand!! Cool stuff!

Victor_se 02-26-2008 11:55 PM

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oh!
And how is the sound of G2 over G1 in your opinion?

TenPastTen 02-29-2008 04:59 PM

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Gearhead and Victor - I think the sound of the G2 over G1 is fantastic. Veeeeery warm but still gives a nice tuning range. I had G2 over clear ambassadors, but find the current combo to be the sound I like the most.

Fusssion- About the stand: for me, the jury is still out. While I find the placement of the pedal and the hats to be PERFECT for me, I am finding some sloppiness in the pullrod and cannot, for the life of me, keep my bottom hat flat. I don't know if this is common to all "remote" hats or just this one. I so desperately want the stand to tighten up at the top and then I would recommend it unequivocally. I've just posted on a thread with these questions. Here's the link. http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...769#post414769

TenPastTen 04-20-2008 02:02 AM

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OK. I have some new gear and pics to update.

What's new:

Iron Cobra Hi Hat

The Black Panther Thick Flame Maple snare (6 x 14)

14 HHX Stage hats
16 HHX Studio crash
18 HHX China
20 HHX Stage ride

Aquarian heads
Snare: Hi Energy batter/Classic Clear snare side
Toms: Super 2 coated batters/Classic Clear reso
Bass: Superkick II

I also moved my AAXcelerator Hats to an auxilliary position. I relegated the 8 x 8 tom to the gear box and moved the 10 and 12 toms over to make room for a new ride position. For the record, I find this set up veeeeery comfortable. The 14 tom has been moved from a suspended position and put on a snare stand.

Here are some new pics. The last two are the new cymbals and a "Family Photo" of all my bronze.

baz 04-20-2008 06:59 AM

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...holy smokes!!!!!

that last picture looks like a scene from Mars Attacks.

Barry


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