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Mapex Black Panther Machete Snare Drum

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The Mapex Black Panther Machete Snare Drum gets the job done when you need a drum that can hack its way through the thickest of guitar noise. The Black Panther Machete snare measures 14" x 6-1/2", has... Click To Read More About This Product


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The Mapex Black Panther Machete Snare Drum gets the job done when you need a drum that can hack its way through the thickest of guitar noise. The Black Panther Machete snare measures 14" x 6-1/2", has a 1mm steel shell, and is equipped with traditional 45 bearing edges.

The snare drum boasts handbuilt and hand-finished Black Panther drum shells and completely redesigned hardware. From the fresh, sculpted lug design to the smart new badge, Mapex Black Panther snare drums are now more beautiful than ever.

Mapex Black Panther hardware
The cylinder-drive strainer uses a self-lubricating bearing to ensure smooth operation while providing minute control of the snare tension. Mapex's piston-style throw-off is incredibly smooth and requires minimal effort to operate, and the adjustment dial employs micro-lock technology that provides a tactile click as it's turned, allowing precise control.

Mapex Sonic Saver Hoop
The Sonic Saver Hoop bridges the gap between flanged hoops and die cast hoops. A unique shaping process creates a profile that reduces wear and tear to both sticks and hands while dramatically enhancing the response and feel of every rimshot.
The Sonic Saver is significantly lighter than a conventional die cast hoop, so it won't choke the shell's vibration. The result is a more natural percussive sound with much greater resonance.
This Mapex Black Panther snare drum features stainless steel snare wires for crisp, lively action, and premium Remo drum heads, including a coated Ambassador batter head.


  • Drum shell size: 14" x 6-1/2"
  • Handbuilt and hand-finished Black Panther 1mm steel shell
  • Cylinder-drive strainer
  • Piston-style throw-off
  • Sonic Saver hoops
  • Premium steel snare wires
  • Remo drum heads
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Manufacturer's Warranty
Finish and hoops - one year warranty.
Hardware - 2 year warranty.
Shells - lifetime warranty.

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Very nice drum



Comments about Mapex Black Panther Machete Snare Drum:

Let me just preface this review by saying I am NOT a fan of production line drums, be it snares or full kits. That mentioned, this is one heck of a snare drum. I was in a pinch so I picked up this bad boy and it is screaming quality. Other reviews I have heard/seen mention the surreal volume of this drum. As an owner of several versions of the now out of production TRICK KODIAK SNARE DRUMS, I would venture to say they have this one beat volume wise. BUT, upon swithcing out the top triple flanged hoop (referred to by Mapex as a "Sonic Saver" but it's no S-Hoop for sure)to a Noble and Cooley die cast, the drum came alive LOUD. It is now on par with the Tricks. What I like even better about it than the Trick (aluminum)is the steel shell. Steel often gets a bad rap because they are included on many entry level drum sets. The problem is, this metal is perhaps the most versatile of all materials and I believe Mapex realizes this with their new line of Panthers. Don't get caught up in snare drum snobbery, steel is an AMAZING shell material for snare drums. Aluminum is a great "soft" metal, allowing for nice pop and crack on rimshots and amazing sensitivity. HOWEVER, that same sensitivity is EXTREMELY dry and depending on the sticking, can suck the life out of the personality in the shell. I prefer a loud dry crack up top with crisp, bright sensitivity below. Aluminum and brass have a crisp, dark sensitivity on the resonant head and I just wanted more spirit in my sound. I've recorded with many snare drums and steel by far has produced the best results (honorable mention to the N&C SS and Ayotte Custom) Moreover, I've never been more complimented live on my sound then I was with an old Yamaha 6.5x14 steel shell. It sounds different out front then it does to your ears playing it. I fell into the snobbery many times on steel, even opting to sell a ss Dunnett and that Yamaha in favor of an extensive aluminum line but I'm back. Steel, with all it's inherent qualities nails it down perfect. This drum is epuipped with a beautiful dual adjustable strainer which I love. I can get this thing to speak on ghost notes at the lowest of volumes. Great drum. I have yet to gig with it but I already know what is going to will produce and then some. I have to give Mapex their props on this one. Excellent drum.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Wow, what a drum!

By Grant

from St. Charles IL

Comments about Mapex Black Panther Machete Snare Drum:

I picked up this drum from guitar center a few weeks ago, and I decided to write a review because I liked it so much. I had been searching for that perfect snare sound for months, but I finally found it with the machete. It has plenty of volume (especially rim shots) for live shows, but it is also quite sensitive. The 6.5 inches of depth gives it a great deep sound when tuned low with muffling. The tone is excellent. I haven't even had to change the head. The snares and heads are already professional quality. It's very easy to tune, I would highly recommend it it anyone looking for a snare with many uses for a great price.

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