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Mapex Armory Series Tomahawk Snare Drum 14 x 5.5

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Made with a 1mm stainless steel shell, the Armory Series Tomahawk Snare from Mapex has penetrating accuracy and long range projection. The focused po...Click To Read More About This Product

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A steel-shelled snare for a backbeat that bludgeons.

Made with a 1mm stainless steel shell, the Armory Series Tomahawk Snare from Mapex has penetrating accuracy and long range projection. The focused power of its rimshot is resonant. The steel shell features a rounded 45-degree bearing edge for focused brightness with plenty of volume.

The shell is fitted with a piston strainer and vertical throw-off that enable quick, smooth operation and prevent snare wire tension changes during play. The precision tooled solid steel Armory Tube Lugs deliver greater tuning accuracy and shell stability while giving the drum an elegant yet modern appearance. The shell also offers a black chrome finish.

  • 1mm Hammered steel shell
  • Rounded 45-degree bearing edge
  • Piston strainer with vertical throw-off
  • Armory series tube lugs
  • Black chrome finish
  • 14 x 5-1/2"

Expand your arsenal with the Armory series. Order today.

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MapexArmory Series Tomahawk Snare Drum 14 x 5.5

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I wanted to like this drum


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    • Poor Hardware

    Best Uses

    • A Project Shell
    • Parts

    Comments about Mapex Armory Series Tomahawk Snare Drum 14 x 5.5:

    I really wanted to like this drum. It's beautiful to look at. The gun metal gray finish is gorgeous. The tube lugs have a retro, classic-but-modern look. The whole thing has a look of quality. Once you get past the looks, however, this is not the drum you want.

    Although the heads are advertised by Mapex as being Remo, they are actually Remo UT, which are made in China and are inferior. I'll give Mapex a pass on this, since most drummers will have their favorite heads and will change them anyway, but still it was disappointing.

    The next thing I noticed was that a part of the strainer which bears the tension is made of plastic. Perhaps it's a super-tough plastic, but I don't have any other snare drums with parts that bear the tension made of plastic. If I were going to keep this drum and really rely on it, the strainer would have to be replaced just for peace of mind.

    The snare wires are absolutely horrible, uneven in their coils, some of them bent. If I were going to keep this drum, a set of PureSound snares would be in order. The stock snare wires from a Yamaha Stage Custom Birch snare are superior to these.

    At first I was glad to see that Mapex had included nylon lug washers along with the steel ones – then I noticed that there were no steel washers, so if I were keeping this drum I'd have to obtain steel washers to put over the top of the nylon washers to keep them from deforming under tension.

    Since I had an Evans G1 laying around, I decided to fit that to the top to tune it up and try it out. The tension screws felt like they had sand in them as I turned them out. It was painful. One of the tension rods was bent, and thankfully not in tight.

    Since these are tube lugs there is no floating nut, so being able to get the lugs in straight is absolutely necessary to avoid cross-threading.

    I fitted the Evans head, and lubed the tension screws with Militec-1. Even with this "wonder lube" the tension screws could not be finger tightened because of the roughness.

    I, of course, did not reinstall the bent rod, and went to my parts bin to find the correct length tension rod (Gibraltar). That's when I discovered that the tension rods on these drums are proprietary – they are not standard. They have a smaller diameter and a courser thread. So if I was keeping this drum, I would have to replace the lugs and tension rods.

    So what would be salvageable on the drum? The hoops look halfway descent. The shell is gorgeous (did I say that already?). The butt end would work. Everything else (strainer, lugs, tension rods) would need to be replaced.

    How does the drum sound? I did adjust the snares and tapped it a little, but with a missing tension rod, and the other rods feeling like they were filled with gravel I was frankly afraid to mess with it too much.
    I expected better from Mapex – very disappointing.


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    By Doug

    from Augusta,Ga

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    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile


      Best Uses

      • Small Venues

      Comments about Mapex Armory Series Tomahawk Snare Drum 14 x 5.5:

      Very nice snare to come with a kit indeed especially once you install quality batter/reso heads on it.

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