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Mapex Premium Series Black Panther Birdseye Maple Snare Drum   

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Black chrome hardware and a transparent black finish on bird's-eye maple gives this versatile drum a sleek, stealthy appearance. Features low-mass, s...Read More

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Premium looks, premium sound.

Black chrome hardware and a transparent black finish on bird's-eye maple gives this versatile drum a sleek, stealthy appearance. Features low-mass, single-point-of-contact lugs, easy-to-operate throw-off, nylon tension rod washers, and precision-machined brass lug nuts. Excellent for live and studio performance. 6-1/2" size produces slightly deeper pitch with more body - an excellent all-around drum capable of thunderous rim shots. 5-1/2" size produces slightly higher pitch with more cutting crack. 3-1/2" x 13" size is the highest pitched drum in this series, resulting in wicked, cutting rimshots that absolutely explode through any dense sound mix.

  • Black chrome hardware
  • Bird's-eye maple shell
  • Flat black finish
  • Easy-to-operate throw-offs
  • Low-mass, single-point-of-contact lugs
  • Nylon tension rod washers
  • Precision-machined brass lug nuts

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Can't get away from this snare

By rob2sticks

from Phoenix, AZ

I have many snares that I love to play (Ludwig supraphonic, Slingerland Artist, Slingerland Krupa, Yamaha Musashi, 5.5" Black Panther) but I CANNOT bring myself to play out with anything but this snare! It's amazing, versatile, warm, responsive, etc. The price is a little prohibitive but I picked mine up cheap at a music store closing sale.

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Best snare i've played.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have played this snare at Church week after week after week for a few years now with my mapex orion kit.. and this is by far one of the best snares I have ever heard. Just the amount of punch and versatlilty that screams out of this snare is amazing. Superb at marching feel beats, amazing with solid rock druming, beautiful jazz feel and the rim shot sound is so tight and full of attack its amazing the differant sounding rim shots you can get from moving the stick a cm shorter or longer when doing rimshots.


Oh, Yeah

By pdrummer

from Indiana

First of all, the flat black birdseye maple finish with the black hardware is absolutely gorgeous!!! I put an Aquarian Super 2 coated head on this black beauty, tuned it and fell in love. I can't wait to hit the road with this fine instrument.



By Dross

from Akron, OH

I've owned and played a lot of snares, and this one tops the list. Perfect blend of crack, depth, and volume (I bought the 6.5"). And not only does it sound incredible live, but mic placement, overall sound, and "mix-sitting" is effortless with this drum. Highly recommended for ALL applications.


mapex V/S Ludwig

By triple stickin one hand

from indiana

owned more then 50 kits in my 60 yrs plus drumming, The Ludwig Super Sensitive is by far the best drum I have owned or played, I have a brass panther 13 in not bad but still prefer the luds snap responce and looks


great snare

By dirtyktm

from Seattle

This has been a awsome snare for me. Never been a fan of Mapex but I got this at least 3 yrs ago. I've loved it and I use it all the time. Studio recording, home recording and shows. Quality construction, quality hoop and hardware. not quite a deep a sound as some would like but I get a real nice crack and a real pro sound; and it looks cool.


very versatile

By Crane Song

from PA

I play covers & originals.. and it can do pretty much anything.. (the 6.5x14)superb in the studio w a wide tuning sweet spot.It has the right combination of sensitivity and power for me. It allows me to relax and let it do the projecting. However, my drum only sounds good w Aquarian's and Remo's.. figured I'd put that out there.


Best Snare Ever Owned !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By K D Stix

from Methuen Massachusettes

I have been playing drums for over 30 years. I have played all top of the line set's made by Ludwig , Tama , Pearl , Sligerland , Rodgers , Yamaha & Gretch . I currently play a Tama Starclassic set with every size tom made. ( But ) I use my Mapex Birdseye Maple 6 1/2 " x 14 " Black plated snare, As my primary snare of attack. It not only looks great, but sounds even better. All my other snares have not compared to this one. If your serious about your snare sound and response. This is a must for your drum Arsenal. My bass player tells me to stop playing it so loud. We play Iron Maiden, Rush & more. So just imagine how loud this snare is. I use my Tama 100% Birch snare as my bach up now.. No kidding ( get this snare now !!! ) Keith David


Mapex Black Panther 6.5x14

By skankindrummer07

from NY

this snare is great the response i get from it is awesome for many styles. not to mention its sharp looks. its great i have used it as a kit snare and as a concert snare and either way it sounds great. personally i like tuning it on the higher side because the ringing sound produced with stings just cuts through everything. this is a great buy!


B P snares are incredible

I love the tone.. and the sensitivity :) it can sound dark and thunderous, when tuned down; or pristine and elegant, while high. It makes my tama rockstar custom kit sound like toys. This is my favorite snare that I have recorded w in the studio. Love it!

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