NAMM 2010: Mapex overhauls entire Black Panther Snare Series

Mapex Black Panther Snare Drums
Mapex Black Panther Snare Drums

PRESS RELEASE: Mapex will be unveiling its new series of Black Panther Snare Drums at the Winter NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA. The redesigned collection consists of fourteen all new models, each with it's own distinct voice and identity.

The new Black Panther snare drums feature newly designed finishes and appointments including new lugs, hoops, throw-offs, and snare strainers.

All of the new Black Panther models feature one of two classically designed lugs. One is a beautifully sculpted shield-style split lug, while the other is an elegantly forged tube-style lug. Both are strikingly attractive and give the Black Panther series a stunning new look. To complete the transformation, each drum features a distinguished new die-cast, chrome-plated Black Panther badge.

The new Black Panthers feature an incredibly smooth piston-style throw-off that requires minimal effort to operate. The adjustment dial employs "micro-lock" technology that provides a silent, yet tactile "click" as it's turned, allowing precise tension control.

The drums' newly designed hardware contributes significantly to the presentation and the performance of the instruments. Mapex's new "Sonic Saver" hoops bridge the gap between flanged and die-cast hoops. The unique shaping process creates a rounded profile at the top of the hoop that reduces wear and tear to both sticks, hands and wrists, while dramatically enhancing the feel and response of every rimshot.

Each of the fourteen new drums in the series has been designated a nickname to emphasize its sound and character. For instance, the "Sledgehammer" is a heavy-duty 14" x 6.5" hammered brass drum with a big, loud sound that can "bludgeon its way through the din with extreme volume and a distinct rounded tone."

The "Phantom" has a 12" x 5" birch and walnut composite shell that gives the drum incredible sensitivity and a "ghostly" quality. All fourteen drums can be seen and heard at

For more information, visit Mapex Drums' official site

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