Who We Are


The brand MAPEX was coined as an acronym for Music And Percussion EXcellence and reflects our understanding of the relationship between a performer and their instrument; the hybrid of musicianship and instrument that distinguishes a great musician from a great player. Learning from tradition but willing to challenge it, we respect the heritage of drum-building craft while embracing modern science to further its evolution.

We don’t just understand drums: we understand sound.


Most of us are musicians too. Many of us are drummers. All of us love music. We get that you want awesome drums at a great price. But we also understand that the very act of playing is cathartic and transcends any brand. Look, we’d like everyone to play Mapex, but mostly we want fellow musicians to love playing. If we can help make that happen for you, we won’t let it end there.

We want your brutal honesty. We want your help in making Mapex drums the instrument that allows you to express yourself to the max.

We really enjoy what we do. We feel fortunate to be able to interact with other drummers every day.


It starts with the raw materials. Building the highest quality product initially depends on the expertise of those that select the wood. Premium grade hardwoods like maple, walnut, birch, and basswood are hand-selected from worldwide sources and are then matched by skilled experts to ensure that every drum Mapex produces carries with it the signature tonal and resonant properties that define the distinctive Mapex sound.

Let’s face it, looks are important too. All of our lacquer drums have eight-coat, hand-rubbed, high-gloss lacquer applied to each shell. Mapex finishes are durable and easy to maintain.

The details do matter. Our isolated tom mounting system ensures the sound you hear is all tom. From the bearing edges to the easy set bass drum claws, our dedicated artisans think like musicians and apply their expertise to create a drum set that lets you focus on your playing and not on the equipment.

Every drum gets the same treatment. Regardless of price, we want every drum we craft to be built to exact specifications. We want you to start out on Mapex and love it so much that when you make it big, you remember us.

We stand behind our instruments. Our artisans are relentless in designing and producing drums and hardware that can endure performance after performance. The result is a drum that you take on stage or into the studio with complete confidence.

The Mapex Warranty

See why our Warranty is one of the best in the business.

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