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Is the Mapex Tornado series really up to the mark?

Is the Mapex Tornado series really up to the mark?

by 2013/12/29


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Tornado Starter Drum Kit


New upgrades including drum heads, remo skins, improved stands, bass drum pedal and higher quality lugs, at the same old price are a great attraction. Improved sound quality.


Extra cash required for setting up and tuning if you don’t know how to do it yourself.

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One of the Best Drum Kits for Beginners

Mapex Drums is a drum kits manufacturing company with several lines of well reputed drums. The Mapex Tornado starter kit is UK’s best seller and is known to be ideal for beginners. The 5 piece set consists of 8-ply, 7.2mm shells, which deliver powerful high end and ample bottom end punch. It has a shimmery outlook, designed to shine even under low lights. The build allows the tom drums to resonate freely and also features improved cymbals for enhanced sustain. The hardware is double braced which means the kit can receive a hard hit but will still stay in place. The overall package including the 5 piece drum set, cymbals and hardware ensures that it can be played straight out of the box. It is available in electric blue, black and burgundy wrap finishes.

It is available in 20 Fusion size and 22 Rock size. As a beginner, many get confused between the two types of drum kits. A Fusion drum kit may be preferred by young drummers as the design is more compact. It gives a constricted and focused sound but professionally speaking, they are more versatile. You can tune it down and rock out on it, or hit the higher end for a jazzy or funk feel. The Rock set-up, on the other end, is usually used as the standard combination and gives a more powerful and atmospheric sound result. Less versatile if you ask me, better suited for bigger sounds rather. The Tornado set also has more lugs on the bass and tom drums for easy tuning. Remo heads are another added feature which sound better and are long lasting. The redesigned badge and logo head is also very attractive, leaving nothing behind in terms of appeal.

The Mapex Tornado drum kit has great value for money and is available for the same price even after the upgrades. According to many, it has left the rest of the beginner drum sets available in the market well behind! Available for £259, it is overall a great kit for entry level drummers.

It is by Far the BEST Real Life, Branded Drum Kit Available for a Starter Drummer and the only one we seriously recommend.

Love my kit! So glad I came across drum stop who talked me through this kit! I was just about to buy another beginner kit too! Don't bother with any other beginner drum kits! This one is THE BEST!

The Mapex Tornado always has been the best starter drum kit out there.

"The Mapex Tornado has been upgraded yet again making it even better value for money than ever before! I honestly didnt think this was going to remain the same price as the previous Tornado with the amount of upgrades that have been done, but yep.. it has!

  • 22 x 16" kick
  • 12 x 9" and 13 x 10" rack toms
  • 16 x 16" floor tom
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  • J-P
    2015/04/22 at 4:43 am

    Low cost, ball tom holder, remo heads


    basically a westbury clone with cheap cymbals

    Worth it?33%

    For what it’s worth, it’s ok.. But but literally a westbury stage clone: Poplar shells, same snare strainer , identical stands but with a different brand logo.. It even comes with the same pair of sticks! The cymbals are the same kind that’s included in the pearl rhythm traveler and tgx kits. They don’t feel natural at all.

    Bottom line, for a full starter kit, its way better to start with a low end Yamaha (gig maker) or a pearl. You get better hardware and decent shells. Don’t buy this westbury clone.

    • 2015/05/04 at 5:18 pm

      The Yamaha gigmaker is double the price, so is that a fair comparison? I’m not surprised if the quality isn’t ‘top quality’ as the price is very low, if you have the money then obviously, buy a more expensive kit for better experiences.

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