Combines advanced shell design, materials, hoops, and heads.
Mapex Black Panther Blaster toms are created with thin traditional 5.1mm American maple shells, 3.4mm walnut reinforcing rings, and 5:5 bearing edges with a rounded back cut. This "sound shaping" process produces an extremely focused explosive maple sound with a beautiful dark walnut undertone.
Traditional thin maple shells are known for their warm, explosive sound. Adding a partial walnut inner shell focuses the overall sound and adds a rich dark undertone to the maple.
The 5:5 rounded bearing edge places the head contact point in the middle of the shell, making for a perfect balance between head sound, shell vibration and overall volume and resonance.
The Mapex Sonic Saver hoop is another important ingredient to the Black Panther drum's overall sound. The shape of the hoop helps further focus the overall sound. Additionally, the hoop's 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 2.3mm Sonic Saver hoop successfully bridges the gap between flanged and die cast hoops.