Mapex USA announced the introduction of the Meridian Maple Drum Set Series for 2009.
Mapex also introduced the Meridian Birch Series. Meridian drum sets feature newly designed appointments, including lugs, mounts, badges and bass drum claws.
The Meridian Maple features 7-ply, 5.8mm, maple shells (7.2mm bass drum) with newly designed lugs. Meridian Maple drums also feature Mapex 2.3mm Steel Powerhoops and UT Pinstripe batter heads.
The Meridian Maple’s bass drum claws are designed to be low in profile and include rubber gaskets to protect the bass drum hoops. The bass drum’s tom mount features a recessed adapter to accommodate an optional cymbal arm.
For the introduction of the Meridian Series, Mapex has re-engineered its Isolated Tom Mounting System. “The new system employs Mapex’s combination of off-the-shell mounting hardware and single-point-of-contact lugs, ” according to Mapex. “The shell vibrates more freely, thereby improving sustain and resonance.” The new isolated tom mount system is designed to be significantly lighter and lower in profile than previous versions, to make precise positioning much easier.
Meridian drum sets feature newly designed Mapex 700 Series Hardware.
Pricing & Availability
It is available in eight configurations, featuring five and six-piece set-ups. All include 700 Series hardware.
MSRP ranges from $1,929.99 for a six-piece Studioease configuration to $1,539.99 for five-piece set-ups, including the new “SRO” configuration. The SRO has 22×18 bass drum, 10×8 and 12×9 rack toms, a 16×16 floor tom with legs and a 14×5.5 snare drum.
The new Mapex Meridian maple series also includes a line of add-on components that include a range of add-on toms, an 18-inch gong bass drum and a double-bass add-on pack. All Meridian drum sets include an instructional set-up DVD.
The Meridian Maple Series replaces the Mapex Pro M product line, which has been discontinued.
For more information, visit their web site at www.mapexdrums.com.
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