free web hosting | free website | Business Hosting Services | Free Website Submission | shopping cart | php hosting

         Mapex Pro M Series Studio Ice Blue

                                                                                       Drum:

                                                                       Bass Drum: 18" x 22" x 2

                                                                        Rack Tom: 8", 10", 12", 13", 14", 16", 18"

                                                                       Depth Size: 8",   9", 10", 11", 12", 16", 16"

                                                                               Snare: 14" x 5.5"

                                                      Black Panther Snare: 14" x 6.5"   Traditional Maple

Mapex has taken the warmest shell material and developed the Black Panther Traditional Maple series. The all maple shell produces a distinctive woody sound that is embraced drummers, because no matter what thickness you prefer. The maple shell will offer equal tonal bands at any tuning.

                                                         

                                                                                       Roto toms: 8",10"

                                  On top CS - Controlled Sound, on bottom Coated Diplomat & Coated Ambassador

                                                                               

                                                                                         Hardware:

                                                                                            Tama:

Iron Cobra, double kick pedal. I've done a few changes to the main pedal and now I can play double bass with it now.                                                                                   

                                                                                           Mapex:

                                                                 Hi-hat x 1, Snare stands x 2, Cymbals stands x 3

                                                                                     Latin Percussion:

                                                                                          Jam block

                                                                    

                                                                                     

                                                                                      Cymbals I use

                                                                     Signature: 14" Power Hi-Hat

Weight: medium heavy top / heavy bottom Volume: soft to medium loud Stick Sound: soft, tight Intensity: medium dry Sustain: short Chick Sound: tight Sound Character: Bright, warm. Narrow range, clean mix. Fast, responsive feel. Sharp, focused open sound. Crisp, tight chick sound. Well suited for articulate playing or as auxiliary hi-hat.

                                                                    Signature: 12" Splash

Weight: medium thin Volume: soft to medium Stick Sound: washy Intensity: lively Sustain: medium short
Bell Character: integrated Sound Character: Bright, full, warm, clear, silvery. Narrow range, balanced mix. Fast, explosive response. Great for stronger splash playing.

                                                                               Alpha: 8" Splash

Weight: medium thin Volume: medium soft to medium loud Stick Sound: washy Intensity: lively Sustain: short
Bell Character: integrated Sound Character: Very bright, full, warm. Balanced range and fairly clean mix. Responsive, explosive, quick fade. A versatile, strong, very fast splash.

                                                                     Signature: 8" Bell 

Weight: heavy Volume: soft to loud Stick Sound: pronounced Intensity: lively Sustain: long Bell Character: integrated Sound Character: Bright, high pitched. Narrow range, clean mix with subtle complex undertones. Excellent for adding clear or cutting colorful accents.     

                                                                     Signature: 16", 17"

Weight: medium thin Volume: soft to medium Stick Sound: washy Intensity: lively Sustain: medium short
Bell Character: integrated Sound Character: Warm, mellow, low, full. Narrow range, medium clean mix. Very responsive with crisp attack and fast fade. Well suited for lower volume playing.   

                                                                     Signature: 18" Full Crash

Weight: medium Volume: soft to medium loud Stick Sound: washy Intensity: lively Sustain: medium Bell Character: integrated Sound Character: Bright, full, warm, brilliant sparkling. Wide range, balanced, clean mix. Even response with warm, shimmering sustain. A very versatile, general purpose crash cymbal.

                                                                     Signature: 20" Power Crash  

Weight: heavy Volume: medium loud to very loud Stick Sound: fairly washy Intensity: lively Sustain: long
Bell Character: integrated Sound Character: Very bright, full, high pitched. Wide range, clean mix. Responsive, swelling attack with long fade, extremely cutting. Very well suited wherever strong, cutting, powerful crashes are needed.                 

                                                                               Alpha: 20 Full Ride

Weight: medium Volume: medium to loud Stick Sound: balanced Intensity: fairly lively Sustain: medium
Bell Character: fairly integrated Sound Character: Bright, full, warm. Fairly narrow range, clean mix. Even, balanced feel. Strong, clear ping over even shimmering wash. Very versatile all-round ride with strength.

                                                                      Signature: 14" China

Weight: heavy Volume: medium to very loud Stick Sound: washy, pronounced Intensity: aggressive and lively
Sustain: long Bell Character: integrated Sound Character: Bright, full, trashy. Wide range with complex frequencies. Well suited for stronger china ride playing and big, exotic crashes.

                                                            2000 or 2002: 20" Sound Reflection China

Weight: medium Volume: medium to loud Stick Sound: fairly pingy Intensity: lively Sustain: medium
Bell Character: integrated Sound Character: Medium bright, full, exotic, fairly trashy. Wide range, complex mix. Responsive, full sounding crash, complex, trashy ride. The definitive classic rock china sound.

FINALLY...Enjoy and be thankful you're the drummer/percussionist. We have the most. fun!

                                                                            Taking Care of Cymbals

                                                                   Cymbal Cleaning

Every Paiste Cymbal is treated with a special protective coating, designed to resist fingerprints and light stick marks. It also prevents oxidizing-that all too familiar green color we've all seen on old cymbals. This coating makes it very easy for maintenance. The coating allows fingerprints and light marks to come clean quite easily by wiping in the direction of the grooves with a soft cloth. When it becomes necessary to use a cymbal cleaner, we recommend using only Paiste Cymbal Cleaner on Paiste Cymbals. Our cleaner is a mild cleaner especially designed for cymbals and is tough on dirt and stains, but is non-abrasive. Never use harsh cleaners or buffing machines. Buffing a cymbal will cause heat build up and will change the sound of the cymbal. Paiste "VISIONS" Cymbals have the Paiste "Colorsound" black coating, and standard cleaning procedures are not applicable. Use only a dry or damp cloth, rubbing in the direction of the grooves. For hard to remove dirt or stick marks, warm water and mild soap can be used. but again, no harsh cleaners. This coating is designed not to come off, unless metal to metal contact is made. Paiste Visions Cymbals should always be stored in their plastic sleeves or separated by cloth, towels, or other soft materials. Never allow them to rest against each other, or against other cymbals without some protection between them. These points will keep your Visions looking like new for years to come.

                                                                      
Cymbal Storage And Transporting

As discussed earlier in our Equipment and Mounting section, the storage and transporting of your cymbals is very important in giving your cymbals a long life span. Some points that will help you:

        Try never to rest them on their edge, and definitely not against abrasive surfaces such as concrete. Small nicks on the edge will cause cracks (photo #1). When you need to lay them down, have soft materials between them. Try to not have them laying against each other (photo #2).  

  When storing them in either a cymbal bag or a cymbal case, try always to keep the separated with soft materials, plastic sleeves, etc

ALWAYS transport them in a good cymbal bag or case. Your cymbals are an investment, one worthy of proper protection. You never see a saxophone player carrying their instrument without a case, right? Do it. You won't be sorry.
Know who is handling your cymbals. If you are not able to be the one setting up or tearing down your cymbals, always try to spend some time educating the person, i.e. "tech", on how you want your instruments treated. So many times we hear tales of cymbal breakage due to bad handling, and often players tell us things like "Our roadies are really rough on our equipment" or "I don't know who dropped it, but I know it wasn't me!" Remember that you are ultimately responsible for your instruments.

                                                                    Correct Usage

                                                                                     Sizzle Cymbals

Sizzles or "rivets" applied to cymbals give the sonic illusion of a longer sustain, and give a somewhat softer attack sound. A common question that is asked is what kind of cymbal should be used for riveting. Very easy. Start with a good sounding cymbal, and your result will be a good sound with the rivet effect. There really is no set rule on whether it is better to use a heavy or light cymbal because both work well, depending on what you like, or what situation your working with. If you like a heavier ride, for example, the rivets will give you the sizzle effect along with the definition you enjoy from that ride. With a lighter ride cymbal, the rivets will only enhance the light sound, giving the cymbal a bit of a dryer quality. Have fun with using the sizzle sound, and you'll find yet another addition to your sound arsenal.

                                                                                 Equipment & Mounting

Choosing the proper stands and knowing how to mount your cymbals properly will give you much more pleasure while playing them. When beginning your set up, first check your stands to make sure they have good condition sleeves, felts and washers on them. This is most important in prolonging the life of your cymbals. (fig. 2)  

                                                                                Fig 2

Choosing the proper stands and knowing how to mount your cymbals properly will give you much more pleasure while playing them. When beginning your set up, first check your stands to make sure they have good condition sleeves, felts and washers on them. This is most important in prolonging the life of your cymbals. (fig. 2)

When cymbals are mounted on stands with bad felts, worn sleeves or oversized washers, the results can be circular cuts on the underside of the bell, or even a "key hole" cut in the bell. (fig. 3 & 4) Damage like this will ultimately cause your cymbals to break very quickly, so you can see how important it is to check your stands before mounting your "precious metals".

                                        Fig 3Fig 4

Another very important point during set up is where you rest your cymbals while mounting or during tear down. Always keep them separated with soft material, to avoid scratches and damage. (photo 1) Good materials to do this with can include cotton towels, soft felt, or even the plastic sleeves they come in when you buy them. Also, try not to rest them on their edge. It's best to lay them flat, with protective separation. When you begin mounting the cymbal on the stand, handling the cymbal by the edge will help avoid getting grease from your hands in the grooves of the cymbal, and cut down on clean up time later on. Gloves are a good idea during set up as well.  

                                                            

When the cymbal is mounted on the stand, make your final check for proper sleeves and felts, both on top and bottom, before securing the cymbal with the wing nut. When mounting your hi-hat on its clutch, again make sure that your felts are in good shape before tightening the washer. (fig. 10)

                                                                         Fig 10

At this point, you are ready to make your final adjustments for heights and angles. Spend some time with this to make sure you're comfortable when playing. This will give you more hours of enjoyable playing, and prevent getting tired too quickly.

Each time you are ready to return the cymbals to their protective plastic sleeves, bags and or cases, it's a good idea to wipe them down gently with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints and light dust. Again, this will help save time and effort later during cleaning. (photo 2)  

                                                                            

                                                                               Correct Playing Technique

The edge of the cymbal is its thinnest and most delicate part. With this in mind, how you strike it and at what angle is very important. It is generally best to angle the cymbal slightly towards you, so you will be able to hit it with a glancing blow. You can also strike the cymbal with a pull back stroke (fig. 14 a & b), and avoid undue shock while achieving a pleasing sound. Hitting the cymbal dead on (photo 3) with the cymbal mounted flat will cause unnecessary stress and breakage, almost as if sending a shock wave from the edge to the bell. This stress does not allow the cymbal to vibrate correctly, and often a player will tend to overplay the cymbal because of incorrect angles and heights.  

                                            Fig 14 A & B    

Sometimes we see some of our favorite players mounting their cymbals all flat, usually for visual effect, and want to do the same. If you choose to do this, you may wish to mount them low enough to allow you to strike them with glancing blows. This will make them last a long time and still achieve the look you want.

One more important point...remember to choose the right cymbal for the situation. An example of poor choice would be a small, light cymbal for Heavy Metal music. Overplaying a cymbal will not give you more sound, and most times will cause the cymbal to break before its time. Overplaying also makes you work harder than necessary. Spend time getting familiar with your cymbals and their dynamic ranges. The more you know about them, the better you will play them.
                                                                 Signature Information                     

                                                                               Introduction: 1989
Background: Create ultimate cymbal sound with traditionally typical Paiste characteristics and expand sound horizons beyond 1980's cymbal program
Innovation: First cymbal series created from patented Bronze specifically developed for cymbals
Alloy: Patented Signature Bronze
Quality: Professional
Production: Manual Craftsmanship > Hand Hammering, Hand Lathing, Proprietary Methods
Applications: All volume settings > Live and Recording > Entire range of music styles
Users: Working Musicians, Enthusiasts > Demanding Players with precise requirements who need fully developed model character in their cymbals
Sound: Musical, transparent, beautiful, rich, colorful> full, bright, expressive sound > Model range features everything from particularly delicate, sensitive to expressive, potent and powerful qualities
Looks: Variety of surface structures and looks > Hammering and lathing patterns range from complex to delicate> Elegant, classic black silk screening
Recognition: Received widespread critical acclaim > Generally accepted as the ultimate in characteristic Paiste Sound

                                                                         Alpha Information

                                                                              Introduction: 1971
Background: During the 1960's developing Beat and Rock music required cymbal sound to match the new frequencies and volume levels and in 1967 the Giant Beat series was created > The 2002 was developed 1971 fusing the power of the Giant Beat with the differentiation of the Jazz series Formula 602 > After additions and transformations over decades, today's 2002 returns to the classic lineup of the 1970's
Innovation: First cymbal series fully developed for electronically amplified music
Alloy: CuSn8 Bronze, also known as "2002 Bronze"
Quality: Professional
Production: Manual Craftsmanship > Hand Hammering, Hand Lathing
Applications: Medium to very loud settings > Live and Recording > Country, R&B, Rock, Jazz-Rock, Progressive, Metal, Grunge, and modern hybrids rooted in those styles
Users: Working Musicians, Enthusiasts > All players who need energy and drive and want their cymbals to cut through the music in all settings
Sound: Bright, warm, brilliant, musical, precise with high energy levels and powerful projection characteristics
Looks: Classic Paiste surface textures with even, balanced hammering and lathing patterns > Prominent, 2nd generation 2002 red silk screening
Recognition: Used by countless top players world-wide over three decades to create a significant portion of our modern music heritag
e.