Drum Center at Portsmouth Mapex Saturn Showdown video

Superman

Gold Member
I'm a Saturn player (I have 3 Saturn kits at the moment). I think the V and the Evolution sound so similar that I wouldn't spend the extra cash, but that's just my opinion. Very good video as always. These guys do a great job.

 
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Darth Vater

Senior Member
I'm getting a warmer tone from the Evolution rack toms and bass drum. I don't care for the floor tom on either of them. Probably just the way the have them tuned.
 

Superman

Gold Member
I too liked the Evolution better on the head to head match ups. Felt warmer and a bit more full. But I didn't think it was worth the price jump. Mostly they sounded similar.
 

Axe

Senior Member
I appreciate everything these guys do, but I prefer listening to demos on Steve Maxwells site way more than the way they do their videos. Just let me hear what they sound like naturally.
Rant aside, still loving my Saturns.
 

RobertM

Platinum Member
I thought the V set has a fuller, Gretschy round sound. I could hear the V pulling off higher tuning more so than the Evolution, but my impression is obviously based on hearing their one high tuning example. Good video, and room mic is best to give a more real impression.
 

sonortony35

Junior Member
I appreciate everything these guys do, but I prefer listening to demos on Steve Maxwells site way more than the way they do their videos. Just let me hear what they sound like naturally.
Rant aside, still loving my Saturns.
Agree to disagree.
 

sonortony35

Junior Member
I'm a Saturn player (I have Saturn kits at the moment). I think the V and the Evolution sound so similar that I wouldn't spend the extra cash, but that's just my opinion. Very good video as always. These guys do a great job.

Thanks for sharing! Something we didn't cover was the feel difference. The Saturn V feels significantly softer under the stick which I personally prefer.
 

mikyok

Platinum Member
Aren't they exactly the same shells and edges just a few changes to the hardware?
 

Superman

Gold Member
Tony: Can you all at DCP install a tom mount on bass/kick drum of the Saturn V?
You can easily add one. I have tom mounts for my Saturn Vs.
 

sonortony35

Junior Member
Aren't they exactly the same shells and edges just a few changes to the hardware?
No, very different shells. The Evolutions are thicker and they have a different ply layout. From Mapex's site on the Evolution:
  • SAS 0-1 (PD, PM, PA, PG, PQ, PI, PB)
    6-Ply, 5.8mm, 10" Toms
    6-Ply, 6.5mm, 12" Toms, and Floor Tom
    8-Ply, 8.2mm, Bass Drum
  • SAS 2 (PO, PT, PZ)
    7-Ply, 6.15mm, 10" Toms
    7-Ply, 6.85mm, 12" Toms, and Floor Tom
    9-Ply, 8.55mm, Bass Drum
  • Mapex Sonic Saver Hoops
  • Mapex SONIClear™ Bearing Edge:
    45° on Toms, and Floor Tom
    60° on Bass Drum
  • Air Flow Venting:
    2 Vent Holes on Toms and Floor Tom
    4 Vent Holes on Bass Drum
  • SAS Static 90 Degree Floor Tom Legs
  • Sonic Pedestal Floor Tom Feet
 
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