Orion: my Review
(Huntington Beach ca)
This Mapex set absolutely rocks my world! I bought my birds eye maple set used from a recording studio. I have not bought new drums since I bought my Fibes clear kit over 30 years ago.
The kit is everything you say it was and more, it enhances my playing, paradiddles sound just like a freight train, the bass drum is a 22/16 and really cuts through.
If you can't afford a new kit (they are as you said, expensive) then find them used. Drums don't deteriorate much through the years if you handle with care so just do your homework and find a set you like.
I just intuitively knew I would like this set so I bought it sight unseen. I was glad I did as drums don't get better than this.
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