Agreed, but you may notice that lines such as Zildjian
Pitch Blacks have also been discontinued, and theyve barely seen 6 months.
I guess the bottom line is that in the true nature of consumerism, these companies would want you to be upgrading gear, and that right there is your incentive.
I personally dont see that Mapex
has done anything unfair here, and they certainly havent targetted the lower-mid spender. I had a similar issue with my Sonor
Designer kit. At the time I bought it, it was a current line, but after no longer than perhaps two months, it was announced that Designer was ending and that SQ2 was taking its place. Even though I didnt see this coming, the Designer Series had been around since 1993, so I guess I should have expected that it was coming to a close.
Luckily for me, I bought everything I wanted up front, and so had little need to add on later. Sonors
warranties were all still valid, and they still allowed me another 2 years to add components after it was discontinued.
Their reason for not mentioning anything would be the same as Mapex
's - With an impending NAMM show, it was important to keep all their aces up theire sleeve until the show.
These sorts of tactics go on in the drum scene ALL the time, by all companies. There are more than enough avenues to get parts even after a manufacturer announces the deletion of that particular line - Youll be fine. In fact, youll probably be in better stead to find a bargain on the gear.