|Mapex Voyager Series– Review by Mohit Gopalani|
I was under the impression that Mapex had defied all laws to deliver intermediate level quality at an entry level price and was at a point where it couldn’t get any better.
But, this time Mapex has broken benchmark of the quality for entry level kits.
What the Mapex Voyager offers better than its older version Q series?
The major difference is the evident upgrade in the quality of hardware from the 300 series to the 330 series which includes:
-Fancy new multi sustain cymbal felts for better shock absorption of cymbals
-New double tom holder with an auxiliary cymbal placement position to which you can attach an extra boom to put a splash on
-Remo equipped self-muffling bass drum head (technically more of an accessory than a hardware upgrade)
Now as far as the shells go, they are still the same 9-ply 7.2 basswood shells. When tuned and tested one of the rack toms with Remo UX stock skins, it had a nice deep sound with a LOT of sustain, something you wouldn’t really expect from an under 30,000 kit. (Either my ability to tune as improved or they’ve actually tinkered around with the shells as well). The lugs, claws and tom mounts have undergone a lot of redesigning which could be the possible explanation for the extended resonance. A fact was noticed about the snare, that it sounded best when tuned medium high with snare strainer super tensed. The bass drum surprisingly needed more muffling than the Remo head could provide, which is quite obvious.
The old, dry, rectangular Mapex logo has been replaced with a super cool embossed circular one!
To conclude, the Mapex guys could outdo themselves yet again and have proved very clearly as to why they are the Market Leaders here in India.
This kit isn’t just Excellent….Its Mapexcellent!