2019 is an important year for Mapex - it marks a significant anniversary, commemorating 30 years of innovative design and high-quality production in the drum industry. To celebrate the last three blazing decades, Mapex has released an exquisite limited edition kit that features the crème de la crème of their cutting-edge designs - SONIClear bearing edges, Sonic Saver hoops, and resonance-maximizing mounts and hardware — all fitted expertly to a set of delectable Orion Series–inspired North American Maple shells. These stunningly beautiful shells feature Flame Maple veneers on both the exterior and interior, giving them a unique allure that you will fall in love with.
Taking its design cues from the highly-acclaimed Orion Series, the Mapex 30th Anniversary Limited Edition kit is comprised of shells crafted from select plies of 100% North American hard Maple - a naturally warm and resonant tonewood full of character. The 6-ply/6.2mm toms and 8-ply/7.9mm bass drum possess a unique presence and project with resounding authority. Mapex have pulled out all the stops and gifted this kit with a look becoming of its amazing sound; both the inside and outside of the shells are finished in Flame Maple veneers with a silky-smooth Garnet Flame satin finish, a sumptuous look that conveys sophistication and luxury.
The Mapex 30th Anniversary Limited Edition shell pack is a set of truly beautiful drums for sure, but they’re not all about looks - beneath the enticing cosmetics this kit boasts some really solid and ground-breaking functionality. By using design innovations from across their 30-year history, Mapex has imbued this kit with timeless playability that is second to none.
The SONIClear bearing edge was a brilliant design feature from the Mapex workshop and still stands as one of the most efficient solutions to head seating. The SONIClear bearing edge seat has a huge influence on the tone and tuning capability of your drum and ensures your heads are seated perfectly to produce the purest of tones. It also broadens the tuning range of the drum, providing access to deeper, rounder tones without losing nearfield response.
Sonic Saver hoops are some of the most robust hoops you’ll come across, and influence the sound of your drum in ways you’ve never experienced before. These heavyweight hoops add a wonderful tone of their own into the drums sonic spectrum and sing with a rich, warm tone and a beautiful sustain. Solid as a rock, it would take some serious abuse to cause any warping or damage to these brilliant hoops… and with inward-facing top flanges, they will also extend the life of your sticks.
The Mapex 30th Anniversary Limited Edition shell pack's floor toms feature 90° steel legs - a design that optimises resonance and minimizes the amount of tone lost to the inefficiency of energy transfer. They also possess floating floor tom feet that feature internal cotter pins that suspend the legs above the floor, essentially acting as shock absorbers that allow your floor toms to resonate to their fullest potential. The monumental 22 x 18” bass drum is a tamed beast kitted with low-contact counterhoop claws and Memory-Mark bass drum spurs.
Mapex have produced an exceptional kit to honour their 30 years of successful business, and have made sure that it appeals to a broad range of players, whatever their standard or style or genre. The Mapex 30th Anniversary Limited Edition 5-Piece Maple Shell Set is a beautiful rarity of a standard that Mapex will likely take another 30 years to beat.
Please note: This is a shell pack only and as such does not feature hardware or cymbals. Snare drum is not included.
- 10 x 7.5" Rack Tom
- 12 x 8" Rack Tom
- 14 x 14" Floor Tom
- 16 x 16" Floor Tom
- 22 x 18" Bass Drum
- Limited Edition run
- Flame Maple veneers inside and out
- Responsive 6- and 8-ply North American Maple shells
- SONIClear bearing edges
- Low-contact bass drum claws
- 90° floor tom legs with suspension feet
- Memory-Mark bass drum spurs
- Includes 2x TH800C SONIClear tom mounts
- Finish: Satin Garnet Flame
- Configuration: Shell Pack
- Number of Drums: 5
- Mounted Toms: 10" x 7.5", 12" x 8"
- Floor Toms: 14" x 14", 16" x 16"
- Bass Drums: 22" x 18"
- Shell Material: North American Maple
- Tom Holders: 2 x TH800C