Pearl Export or Mapex Meridian Birch

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seanfracture
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Post Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:09 am

Hi guys,

Wondering if I could have some advice? I'm looking to buy a decent kit for as little as possible, and I'm torn between these:

http://glasgow.gumtree.com/glasgow/86/55120386.html

http://www.rhythmbase.co.uk/shop/sale/m ... -hardware/

Obviously the Mapex is newer, more modern and is brand new. I guess what I want to know is whether there is a huge uplift in quality between the two? I've been playing for nearly 10 years but have never actually owned a kit (go easy on me!).

Thanks,

- Sean
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Post Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:12 pm

Too bad you are across the pond, I'm selling a Mapex M-series in great shape. Shipping would kill the cost though.
To your question, I have very little Pearl experience, but have always been impressed with Mapex.
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Post Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:48 pm

Mapex bro.. I've never been pleased by Pearl.
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Post Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:47 pm

The exports will last a while, they are built great. The Mapex is birch while the Export is poplar (a cheap maple like wood). Really either is a step a above what you have now, lol, the deal breaker for most people is the mounting systems.
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Post Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:19 am

I have an export, and I've played the Mapex's, and there is really no contest. Get the Mapex.
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Post Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:36 am

To be honest I have never really been impressed with pearl, its not that they are bad it just there is such a hype over pearl drums and other drum maker are just as good and cheaper. I have just bought a Mapex Saturn kit and I cant wait to get it!!!
So I would go for the mapex.