Is it just me, or does it seem like the pace has picked up considerably at Mapex in the past couple years? First the company introduced a series of limited-edition Black Panther kits that ranged from classy to sassy, and now they’ve announced the launch of a entirely new series called Player Designed kits.

Keep your eyes peeled for the flagship model – the limited edition Meridian Black Raven kit – that will shortly begin gracing showrooms of Mapex dealers worldwide.

Designed to fill the need of today’s rock drummers, the Raven’s rich birch/maple shells exude attitude, wrapped in a semi-gloss black wood grain finish, fitted with satin black hardware, and topped with Remo clear pinstripe drumheads. Mapex promises that drummers can expect dark tones with a balanced attack that is enhanced by an interesting black inner finish, which they say boosts resonance and projection.


The “one up/two down” configuration includes a 14″ x 6″ snare drum, 22″ x 20″ bass drum, 12″ x 8″ mounted tom, and 14″ x 12″ and 16″ x 14″ floor toms. Extra techy readers will want to know that bass drum shells feature a 4.8mm birch exterior and 2.4mm maple interior, while the toms and snare have a 4.1mm birch exterior and 7.1mm maple interior.

So are you ready to rock? Start here.