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Mapex Introduces New Configuration, Shell Packs, Finishes For Saturn Series

3 December 2007 — Mapex announced the release of several new products for its popular Saturn Series. In addition to a new six-piece drum set including hardware, Mapex is now offering three of its most popular Saturn configurations as shell packs.

The Saturn Series Studioease configuration in Sienna Burst lacquer.

The new six-piece Studioease Configuration (SW6285U) includes a 22x18 bass drum, 10x8 and 12x9 tom toms, 14x14 and 16x16 floor toms and a 14x5.5 snare drum. The set also comes with Mapex 750-series hardware including a bass drum pedal, hi-hat stand, snare stand and two boom stands. List price for the Saturn Studioease is $3,399.99.

The Studioease configuration is also available as a shell pack (SW628SU), which lists for $3,059.99. Additionally the seven-piece Plus Bass Fusion Pop 22 configuration is available as a shell pack (SW728SU) and includes a 22x20 bass drum, 8x7, 10x8 and 12x9 tom toms, 14x12 and 16x14 floor toms and 14x5.5 snare drum. The Plus Bass Fusion Pop 22 Shell Pack also includes a TS550A Tom Stand and a TS960A Combination Tom/Cymbal Stand. List price is $3,399.99.

Lastly, the popular five-piece Fusionease configuration is now offered as a shell pack (SW524SU). The pack includes a 22x18 bass drum, 10x8 and 12x9 tom toms, 14x14 floor tom and a 14x5.5 snare drum and the product’s list price is $2,958.99.

All Saturn configurations are available in a newly introduced Gloss Natural finish or the exciting new Sienna Burst Finish. The spectacular Blue Galaxy Sparkle Burst lacquer finish, which was introduced in July 2007 in limited edition is now available in all configuration.

Mapex is also offering black chrome hardware as an option on all Saturn drum sets for the first time.

“As Mapex’s reputation for professional quality drum making grows, so does the demand for the Saturn Series,” explains Jeff Ivester, Mapex USA Marketing Director. “All of these new Saturn Series product offerings are a direct result of public demand. Our customers have asked for these options and we’re doing what we can to satisfy the need.”

The Saturn Series features extra-thin 5.1mm shells that are constructed from 4 exterior maple plies and two interior plies of walnut. The walnut gives the drum a warm rich tone and superior tuning range.

Mapex is also offering aggressive discounts, in store point of sale support, web graphics for the dealers’ store web sites, supportive literature and identification in the dealer finder on the Mapex web site for retailers who participate in the “Destination Dealer” program. Destination Dealers are retailers who stock and display high end Mapex Orion and Saturn series drums and are also specially trained to assist consumers in the selection process as well as choosing their drum set-ups.
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