Mapex Saturn V MH 5-piece Shell Pack Review

Mapex Saturn V MH Review

DrumPerium Takes A Closer Look at Mapex Saturn V MH 5-piece Shell Pack

Before diving into the Mapex Saturn V MH review lets start with some basic facts…

When it comes to drums, the Mapex brand is well known for its quality, style and great sound. In fact, drummers the world over swear by it and the drum selection here is to die for.

The snare drums, drum kits and the hardware are very attractive and not only do they look cool but they also sound excellent. Mapex has been doing this for almost 3 decades and their experience and attention to detail is what separates them from the other brands.

Mapex Flagship Line

The Black Panther, Mars and Meridian sets are some of Mapex’s most popular items for sale but none can beat their flagship line which is the Mapex Saturn line.

The latest Mapex Saturn V MH series is an improved version that is beautiful with the sleek finishes and an innovative tom mount isolation feature.

The pricing is affordable and that makes this one of the best value for money investments any drummer could make.

Mapex has also created a new bearing edge that greatly improves the interplay between the shell and the head so that the response from the drum is optimized and just a pleasure to play with.

So, what’s different now?

What impressed us the most were the toms which really sounded good. It didn’t matter how hard we hit the drums or how gentle we were… the notes and tones were just right. Adding to that, Remo Emperor clear and Remo P3 Batter is added as standard, not an huge but important thing for sure.

The Exotic models all come standard with black chrome hardware, while the Mapex Saturn V MH model features chrome hardware.

Players will have a hard time deciding on their favorite finish. Neverltheless, The notes are sustained well and the walnut and maple hybrid shell definitely improves the drum tones.

The Mapex Saturn V MH is a major improvement over the Saturn IV which while good, just doesn’t come close to this updated set.

Mapex Saturn V MH Review Kit Backside

Strong. Sleek. Sturdy.

Let’s look at some of the features that come with this set. Mapex Saturn V MH and MH Exotic are available in the same great finishes as Saturn IV and include the same great features:

  • SONIClear tom suspension.
  • Low-contact bass drum claws.
  • Mapex 6-ply North American walnut-maple hybrid shells (8-ply bass Drum).
  • Free-floating bass drum mount (Optional).
  • SONIClear Floor tom legs.
  • Memory Mark bass drum spurs.

Available in 3 Mapex lacquered finishes and 2 awesome Delmar wraps. The shells are constructed with the classic maple and walnut hybrid that Mapex is famous for. This makes the drum set a very strong and sturdy one.

Guests to your house or studio will definitely give the Mapex Saturn V MH a second look because its appearance turns heads all the time. If you wish to take things to the next level, you could spend an extra two or three hundred dollars for a cool marble burl finish, complete with black nickel settings.


Well, To be honest, and most importantly I’m not paid to say this. I couldn’t believe how good it was till we tried it out. The Saturn V MH will be suitable for both the hobbyist and the professional alike.

Mapex Saturn V MH Review ConfigThese are the drums that are perfect for commercial use, at home or in a studio setting. You get a variety of tom sizes and the 5-piece configuration gives you a lot of flexibility.

The responsiveness is brilliant and the beats that you will create with this set will be outstanding.

Priced at $1799, this is not only value for money but will last you a long time. It really has to be played to be believed. Do get it. You can thank us later.

Notice: As with all Shell-packs, Snare, Hardware and Cymbals are not included but sold seperately.

Mapex Saturn V MH Review Kit Backside
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Pearl Eliminator Redline Double Pedal Review

Pearl Eliminator Redline Double Pedal Review

Double-Chain Driven Pearl Eliminator Redline Double Pedal Review (P2052C)

Pearl Eliminator Redline Double Pedal Set can be customized to suit your fancy and it’s a highly reliable model. You can either get the Redline as a belt-drive or a chain option as used in this review.

And so, when it comes to features, the Pearl‘s famous Eliminator pedals sure pack a punch. They’re equipped with Dual-chain drives, Click-lock spring adjustment, Control core beaters, NiNjA bearings, Independent traction grips, Uni-Lock beater angle cams, a PowerShifter function and much more.

Created more than 15 years ago, this brand and model is still preferred by thousands of beginners and professional drummers all over the world.

High Degree of Customization

Since the Pearl Eliminator Redline Double Pedal can be greatly customized to suit your taste and preferences, you can definitely find a set up that is just right for you. It may take you some time to fiddle around with the different features to get it all just rightBut when it’s done, you’ll be very pleased to have a pedal set that is perfect for you.

It’s worth noting that the high degree of variation will mean that some combinations may work against each other. You’ll need to be aware of what you’re doing and how it’ll affect your playing.

Other features

The Redline’s features are patented and you can quickly and easily vary pedal performance by using the interchangeable cam system. If you wish to move the footboard up and down you can use the ‘Powershifter’ feature. This is really helpful.

Pearl Eliminator Redline Double Pedal Review Front

You’ll also be able to remove and change the rubber disks that are located in the grip plate. The color scheme of grey, red and black is very pleasing to eye and overall, these are very stylish pedals.

While the pedals allow you the option of customizing them, if you just wish to use them as they come, that’s fine too. They are good to use upon purchase without changing anything.

What we learned from testing it out

Our testing showed that the Pearl Eliminator Redline Double Pedals are great to use and highly responsive. The sturdy structure gives the pedals a solid feel and allow for smooth play. If you’re looking for a set of double pedals that look good and play well, the Pearl Eliminator Redline Double Pedal is definitely worth considering.

Would We Buy It?

We most certainly would. The level of customization that’s possible with these pedals is unbelievable. It’s priced affordably, delivers a ton of value, looks good and performs better. This is a must-buy.

The Eliminator Redline Pedal is sturdy and comes in a few models such as:

  • Single Pedal (P2050B) and Double Pedal (P2052B) Belt Drive Models.
  • Single Pedal (P2050C) and Double Pedal (P2052C) Chain Drive Models.
  • Left-Footed Double Chain (P2052CL) and Belt (P2052BL) Models.

The Pedal model marked bold above symbolizes the Pedal we used for this review.

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Pearl Eliminator Redline Double Pedal Carry Bag

Pedal Carry Bag Included For Free