MAPEX ADDS NEW COLORS AND FEATURES TO VX SERIES
Mapex has added several significant new features and two new finishes to its VX Drum Set Series. The drum shells have been redesigned and are now constructed to be an 8-ply, 7.2 basswood shells with an exterior maple veneer for a satin lacquer finish.
Additionally, the unique Mapex Isolated Tom System (ITS) has been added to the series. The Mapex ITS eliminates direct contact between the tom mount and the drum, allowing the shell to vibrate more freely and therefore, resonate more naturally. The feature is found in higher Mapex lines such as the M Birch, Pro M, Saturn and Orion.
The VX Series is available in three five-piece configurations. The Standard configuration (VX5255TA) comes with a 22 x 18 bass drum, 12 x 9 and 13 x 10 tom toms, a 16 x 16 floor tom, and a 14 x 5.5 snare drum. The Fusionease configuration includes a 22 x 18 bass drum, 10 x 8 and 12 x 9 tom toms, a 14 x 14 floor tom and a 14 x 5.5 snare drum. Additionally, Mapex offers a Jazz configuration that comes with a 20 x18 bass, 10 x 8 and 12 x 9 tom toms, a 14 x 14 floor tom and a 14 x 5.5 snare drum. MSRP for each kit is $999.00.
All VX kits include a Mapex 320-series hardware pack that which has a tom holder, snare stand, boom and straight cymbal stand, a hi-hat stand, bass drum pedal and a padded throne. Mapex’s 320-Series has also undergone an upgrade, featuring die cast memory locks and double braced legs on all stands for the first time.
In addition to these improvements, Mapex has announced the addition of two new satin lacquered finishes, Deep Coffee and Deep Green. Both finishes allow the grain of the maple veneer to show through, adding a rich and distinguished appearance to the drum set. Deep Green and Deep Coffee join the other satin finishes Wax Aquamarine and Wax Cherry. Two textured “Plasma” finishes were retained in 2006, Plasma Yellow and Plasma Sapphire.
To help consumers assemble the kit, VX Series also comes with a newly released DVD featuring Mapex Artist, Clinician and Educational Director, Dom Famularo. The DVD is a step-by-step assembly of the drum set and also includes a few basic lessons and tuning instructions hosted by Famularo.