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Mapex Black Panther Velvetone Snare Drum 14 x 5.5

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Don't be deceived by the Mapex Black Panther Velvetone drum's beautifully seductive exterior-this snare drum is wickedly dark with a high degree of sensitivity. Its 8.1mm drum shell is constructed fro... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 02-08-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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Don't be deceived by the Mapex Black Panther Velvetone drum's beautifully seductive exterior-this snare drum is wickedly dark with a high degree of sensitivity. Its 8.1mm drum shell is constructed from one 3mm exterior burl maple ply, one 3.4mm walnut middle ply, and one 1.7mm interior maple ply.

Each Black Panther Velvetone drum features handbuilt and hand-finished Black Panther shells and completely redesigned hardware. From the fresh, sculpted lug design to the smart badge, this Mapex snare drum is 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's 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 Black Panther Velvetone snare drum features stainless steel snare wires for crisp, lively action, and premium Remo drum heads, including a coated Ambassador batter head.

Features
  • Mapex Snare shell size: 14" x 5-1/2"
  • Handbuilt and hand-finished Black Panther drum shell
  • Cylinder-drive strainer
  • Piston-style throw-off
  • Sonic Saver hoops
  • Premium steel snare wires
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Finish and hoops - one year warranty.
Hardware - 2 year warranty.
Shells - lifetime warranty.


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MapexBlack Panther Velvetone Snare Drum
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Great sound (4)
  • Huge tone (4)
  • Sensitive (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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5.0

Don't Get it! Cause I own It, and You can't have it!

By Doc

from Louisiana

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Amazing sound
  • Feels Great
  • Huge Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Uses
    • Live Settings
    • Main Snares
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Mapex Black Panther Velvetone Snare Drum:

    I've played a lot of drums so far. And you won't find a snare that will make you feel as good as this one does. So much body and warmth for a 5.5 depth. So far I've played the Stock Remo Coated Ambassador, the Attack Terry Bozzio Coated 1-ply, and the Remo Ambassador X. And each head brought out the individual characteristics that makes this snare great. The Coated Amb was a general good blend of characteristics, the Attack 1-Ply brought out the pop in the snare, and the Ambassador X brought out the tone of the drum. And the rim will add a little more time to your sticks. Don't believe me? Go try it.

     
    5.0

    Great Sound

    By Basement Blues

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Mapex Black Panther Velvetone Snare Drum:

        Very warm sound. Good quality.

        The only flaw is on hoop. Mine was obviously not well polished before chrome plating process and I see bubbles everywhere.

        Other than that everything is fine with this one.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You will never need another

        By Myroom Records

        from Salem, OR

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Controlled Environments
        • Country
        • Hip-hop
        • Pop
        • Rap
        • Rock
        • Studio

        Comments about Mapex Black Panther Velvetone Snare Drum:

        I was looking for a new snare for the studio and I happened upon this. I hit it once and immediately picked it up and headed for the checkout. That one hit actually turned heads around me. this thing has tone for days!!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        awesome

        By Kenneth Brown

        from Westwood nor-cal

        Comments about Mapex Black Panther Velvetone Snare Drum:

        i now use this as my main snare drum. as with all the black panther drums i have, this drum is excellent!! The maple walnut maple hybrid is new and i must say its awesome..!!! has a very deep rich body of tone. can be play soft to load and sounds good all the way through!! i use the mapex phantom for my 2nd snare. it has more pop/crack to it.. as to were the velvetone is a deep dense sound with lots of body. the look is great! the sound is amazing. the only regret i have is not having the entire set of velvetone drums to go with it...

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Snare connoisseur, this is a secret gem!

        By pdrummz

        from Dayton, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Mapex Black Panther Velvetone Snare Drum:

            I usually prefer deeper snares but this one has something most other shallow snares don't - incredible body! The walnut plies in the middle of the maple inner and out plies give this drum a very desirable warmth and darkness without loosing its pop. I played around with a few different heads on this drum. I like how many Remos sound, but can't stand their lack of durability so I tried an Aquarian Coated Reverse Power Dot, Coated Super 2 (2-ply), and finally a single-ply Aquarian Texture Coated Batter. In the end the single ply coated batter really let the wonderful tone of this snare open up so that's what I stuck with along with a Classic Clear Snare side head. This snare is a keeper for sure and I would say anyone that is shopping for an incredibly well made, great sounding snare, you really ought to try one of these drums. From the beautiful finish to the amazingly smooth throw-off, you will not be disappointed! If you are going to record I would highly recommend having this one in your arsenal for it's fantastic and unique tone that will really fit anything from jazz to hard rock.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great wood snare!

            By Jordan

            from Florida

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heads

            Best Uses

              Comments about Mapex Black Panther Velvetone Snare Drum:

              If you like wood snares get this one! It may not be the loudest wood snare out there but it's loud enough. Great for the studio. I do a lot of country and CCM music and its great. I'm not a big Remo fan. I put a Evams Power Center Reverse dot on it as soon as I opened the box. It has good crack and low end. Tune it high and it cracks tune it low and you get a fat gooshy sound. As long as you knownhow to tune a drum This one will sound good no matter what! It's sensitive enough for rudiments but csn get loud. It's fairly dark sounding without a huge amount of overtones. Side stick sounds good and meaty. The finish is beautiful and the hardware is sturdy. I love the clicks on the strainer adjustment. Good job Mapex!

               
              5.0

              Great!

              By m.a.s

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Mapex Black Panther Velvetone Snare Drum:

              Apart from the detailed finish, this drum sounds extremely well, low tuned or high tuned. The sonic hoops increase quite the sound of rimshots and that is always good for live situations, apart from controlling the overtones. I love the fact that it has two strainers because this way is incredibly easy to center the snare-wires. This snare drum is quite articulated and love the way every shot cut through the mix.

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