The new Mapex Black Panther Design Lab Warbird snare drum is an optimized version of the original Black Panther model, with the unique 12” diameter and 100% walnut shell. This updated version still has a sharp and aggressive attack, with an amazing bite. The new staggered lug design adds an enormously wide tuning range and the Puresound P1216 snare wires give unparalleled sensitivity, with a dark, punchy and explosive sound. It's great as an accent drum, but also makes an intriguing option as a main snare for drummers who want to experiment with quick backbeats.

This Warbird is fitted with Mapex's proprietary Sonic Saver hoops, a middle ground between triple-flange and die-cast. They’re made from steel that’s folded inward for a round shape instead of a flat flange. Sonic Savers control the tone for a drier sound than triple-flange, but they don’t deaden the drum the way die-cast hoops can. They also reduce wear on the drum and sticks. The result is a focused snare with clean, punchy rim shots every time.

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