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Rating and Reviews: Mapex MPS Steel Snare

The small size and steel construction of this piccolo snare create a biting, snappy tone for any genre of music.

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"Very Surprised by this Mapex Piccolo !" submitted August 10, 2014

By Raphael Higginbotham in Port Barre, LA
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Musical Background: Professional Percussionist , lead Guitarist , Vocalist .
Music Style: Funk , jazz , soul , blues , rock .
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Overall: I'll start off by saying , I bought this snare for a bright more higher pitched sound, to match my mini jungle/bop kit I use for two man shows in Diners, cafe's and social clubs. I knew at this price I wasn't getting a Starclassic Bubinga (my kit and snare for large full band shows). I was shocked at the range of tuning it allowed, the sound it produced, and the pleasant ring (not a cheap buzz or vibration). Cons: cheap head, but not horrible and was made by Remo (I replaced it with coated reverse dot by Remo) Throw off was not the greatest but very functional and works for less stressful applications (lighter playing and minor adjustments periodically and it's not a problem). Chains were a bit lower quality (but again is fixed as stated in regards to the throw off). (I changed the chain and batter head). The hoops were standard (not cast but at least they put Teflon/silicon (not sure which) washers under the lugs to prevent slip. Great pop, very articulate, bright n snappy. Buzz rolls are crisp. Rim shot sounds great too. I'm very pleased with this purchase. I have not owned mapex products before but my buddies claim they have good customer service and at this price, I could not pass it up. I have been lurking around the net and shops and this IMHO opinion was the best piccolo I found in this price range. I would recommend this to all beginner/intermediate percussionist! And as a great second snare for the seasoned pro as well!
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"cheap but effective" submitted December 29, 2014

By Benjamin Wilkerson in scottsdale, AZ
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Musical Background: drums,28 years,semi-pro,play mostly locally
Music Style: funk,r&b,70s progressive country rock,traditional country
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Overall: Not a bad snare for an economy model. The throwoff is a little crappy, but functional and uses standard drumkey screw-heads for convenience. It is a stamped steel spring-loaded design with a die-cast butt plate with gasket on both sides of the drum. The tuning rods have nylon washers for smoothness and the lugs are single-point low mass style with long sturdy receivers needed for high tunings. The hoops appear to be 1.6 mm, light but forgiving and better sounding, according to some folks. The 1mm steel shell seems decently constructed with light seams and passable bearing edges. The heads are chinese remo crimplock style and are decent enough but not the equal of domestic remo heads in terms of film quality and sound. A remo ambassador batter and a diplomat resonant would be a good upgrade for this drum. How does it sound? Bright and loud and ideal for funk or latin styles played wide open or with snares released. The drum looks pretty good too with nice plating and a cool screwed-on mapex badge. A sturdy ergonomic drumkey in a plastic snap pouch is included.
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