The latest Mapex Saturn Series shell packs blend time-honored maple/walnut shells with bleeding-edge shell tech borrowed from the Black Panther Design Lab â€” along with enough jaw-dropping finish options to please a wide range of drummer tastes. Each piece in this set has been molded to meet the needs of demands of stage and studio professionals. You get thin, 6-ply hybrid shells crowned with Mapex's precision SONIClear bearing edges, Remo USA heads, and Mapex Power Hoops to deliver great tone and tuneability from day one. You also get Mapex's advanced shell venting, suspension tom mounting, and floating SAS floor tom legs for excellent note length and projection. Factor in those iconic Saturn Series badges and lugs, and the Mapex Saturn from Leaseville is a clear winner in its class.
The secret to the classic Saturn sound is the thin maple-walnut shell formulation. The 4-ply maple exterior supplies ample cut and projection in a live setting. And the 2-ply walnut core provides a chewy darkness and growling resonance to serve drummers in the studio. In concert, these tonewoods give each shell in the Saturn shell pack a strong attack and rich, lingering sustain.
When it comes to drums, feel is every bit as important as tone. The Mapex Saturn shell pack features vents placed along the nodal line of every shell â€” a concept borrowed from the Black Panther Design Lab. This gives each drum an open, lively response while serving to maximize the shell's natural resonance in any tuning register.
"The shortest path between two points is a straight line." Remember that lesson from geometry class? Archimedes said it. And as it turns out, sound and vibrations work on the same principle. Mapex's SAS floor tom legs feature sharp 90Â° angles to increase distance from the floor to the shell. This allows less of your tom sustain to be absorbed into the floor, which means greater note length and a cleaner soundstage.
Mapex's SAS floor tom feet â€” again borrowed from the Black Panther Design Lab â€” do a great job at floating floor tom shells in order to prevent the earth or stage from leaching away your hard-earned depth and resonance. Paired with the SAS 90Â° legs, it makes for an impressive nearfield response from behind the kit.