From selecting great tone woods to superior manufacturing methods, Mapex has always been at the cutting edge. So, it’s no surprise that Mapex creates some of the most sought-after drums worldwide. All Mapex products are hand built and hand assembled by the artisans at its Mapex manufacturing facilities in Tianjin, China, where they’ve have earned a distinguished reputation for designing, engineering and building the highest quality acoustic drums. In fact, Mapex is one of the only companies of its kind to have earned ISO9001 certification—the world's standard for manufacturing excellence.
Building the highest quality product initially depends on the expertise of those who select the raw materials—in particular, the wood. The Mapex Professional Wood Grading Team selects only the finest raw materials to build their drums. 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.
Every Mapex drum, regardless of price, is built to exacting specifications. This means you’ll always get top-of-the-line quality. And to ensure the drums look as good as they sound, Mapex finish experts hand apply an eight-coat, hand-rubbed, high-gloss lacquer to each shell.