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Mapex Black Panther Sledgehammer Snare Drum  

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The Sledgehammer Snare Drum bludgeons its way through the din with extreme volume and a distinct rounded tone. It features a 1.2mm hand-hammered brass shell that measures 14" x 6-1/2" with a tradition... Click To Read More About This Product


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The Sledgehammer Snare Drum bludgeons its way through the din with extreme volume and a distinct rounded tone. It features a 1.2mm hand-hammered brass shell that measures 14" x 6-1/2" with a traditional 45 bearing edge.

The snare drum features 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.

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.

  • Shell size: 14" x 6-1/2"
  • 1.2mm hand-hammered brass shell
  • 45 bearing edge
  • Handbuilt and hand-finished Black Panther snare shell
  • Cylinder-drive strainer
  • Piston-style throw-off
  • Sonic Saver hoops
  • Premium steel snare wires
Finish and hoops - one year warranty.
Hardware - 2 year warranty.
Shells - lifetime warranty.

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MapexBlack Panther Sledgehammer Snare Drum

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Solid sound with no annoying rattles or overtones

By Ron

from Brockton Ma

Site Member

Comments about Mapex Black Panther Sledgehammer Snare Drum:

I went in and bought the mapex armory studioease fast tom shell pack, which comes with the tomahawk snare. The tomahawk doesn't sound terrible but it does have some overtones that one might not want, especially at a lower tuning. I saw the sledgehammer sitting there and gave a couple wacks and I was sold in a second. The tone and pop that it puts out compared to the tomahawk is miles away in my opinion. The throwoff is super smooth and easy and it just plain looks awesome. An easy choice for a glorious upgrade.

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By Raymond

from San Gabriel, CA

Comments about Mapex Black Panther Sledgehammer Snare Drum:

I purchased this snare and I love it! It really breaks through at outside venues. The rim shots explode and it is just a killer. I would recommend this snare if you are looking for a well made and sounding brass snare. It is heavy so you need a solid snare stand.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Buy this!!!

By Nick Heredia

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Mapex Black Panther Sledgehammer Snare Drum:

This is one of the first snares I have ever bought and I don't regret this decision. The finish of it is so weird but looks so awesome! Plus the snare is perfect for any style of music. Buy it!!!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)



By Dan O'Hara

from Illionois

Comments about Mapex Black Panther Sledgehammer Snare Drum:

This is quite honestly one of the best snares I've ever played. The brass really gives it a nice fat, round tone. It's very loud and sensitive. The play-ability on this thing is impecable. The rolls come out loud and clean. I'm a hard hitter, and this thing is durable. This drum is ideal for anyone who plays rock, but I could even see it being a great jazz snare. Personally, I play metal and punk, and this snare gave me exactly the tone I was looking for. I recommend it to anyone looking for a crisp drum sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great drum, but you should judge for yourself

By Seth Balmore

from New York

Comments about Mapex Black Panther Sledgehammer Snare Drum:

Like all Mapex products this thing is a real workhorse. Great sound and feel, and built to last a lifetime. I played this for over an hour at a music shop the other day. The first thing I noticed is the throw off felt very solid and smooth. With the snares engaged this thing sang like any metal drum should. The hammered brass shell definitely gives a darker and warmer sound than a steel shell, but I was surprised to find that it's not an overly dark sounding drum. There is definitely some ring to it and rim shots really crack. I was playing it at a medium high tuning and it felt and sounded great. From what I could tell it should easily be able to handle very low tunings, and semi high tunings shouldn't be much of a problem either. It seemed very versitle. The sound also had a lot of body to it. It was very full sounding. Perfect for hard rock or grunge. This has been described as a very loud drum, but up close it didn't seem too overbearing (though I'm sure everyone in the shop probably thought it was too loud!). Only thing left to say is that it definitely has a specific character to it, so you should try this drum out and see for yourself. Seems like a great purchase though.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


A Brass Snare with Wonderful Tone

By Don Lyons

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Mapex Black Panther Sledgehammer Snare Drum:

These newly designed Black Panther drums are superb. I have played a lot of other brass snare drums and most of them are on the harsh sonic range with a sharp "bite", but this drum plays and sounds great from a very low volume, to ear-splitting rim shots that have a fat, warm tone. I am not a heavy hitter and that is why this drum is just perfect for me. All you have to do is just lay the stick down on the head and the drum sounds full and funky! I have it tuned down low with the snares fairly tight, one Moon Gel, and it is perfect for funk and R&B. If you tune the drum up high, it becomes a savage beast! The newly designed hardware is amazing, and the stock heads are made by Remo and sound good. I am going to try a FibreSkyn ambassador to warm it up even more. All in all, this is one of my favorite drums that I have ever owned and played.

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