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Black Panther Design Lab Versatus 6-Piece Shell Pack

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An innovative design allows this shell pack to create incredible sounds.

It seems simple but represents a unique approach to instrument design among drum manufacturers. Most drums have been constructed based on tradition and appearance, with some attention to the resulting sound through trial and error. Now, Mapex has reversed the process, utilizing the “Concept Hybrid” formula to start with the desired sound in mind. Leveraging their 30 years of drum making experience, the DESIGN LAB was created to develop the innovations required to bring these sonic concepts to life. Are you ready to think differently about drum design? Be a part of something revolutionary.

The Black Panther Design Lab Versatus drum kit represents the pinnacle of instrument design. Groundbreaking innovations combine with drum building expertise to form a unique and versatile instrument. The hybrid Maple and Mahogany shells use a chamber specific design; Plies get thicker, depths graduate by 0.5 inches, bearing edges change, and the SAS Ring system modulates as the drums get larger in diameter. The combination of these details creates an amazing array of instruments in one.

Ready for the Breakthrough? Welcome to Mapex Black Panther Design Lab.


  • 10x7 and 12x7.5" rack toms, 14x13 and 16x15" floor toms, 22x16" bass drum and 18x12" aux bass drum
  • Two MAATS Tom Suspension 1" posts
  • Cymbals, snare and hardware sold separately

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