Mapex has released a series of special edition Black Panther drum kits.
Each set is based on the original Black Panther models, in particular the best selling Blaster and Velvetone drum lines. These kits are equipped with Sonic Saver hoops, which sit upon each tom for increased control level and new ITS mounts help the drums resonate more than previously.
The Blaster is a drum known for providing a deep, warm tone and ferocious attack, utilising thin 5.1mm maple shells with 3.4mm walnut reinforcement rings for higher projection and strength. The rounded, 5:5 back cut bearing edge helps ensure smooth contact between the head and shell, while increasing the surface area for better resonance from head to shell.
The sizes have been carefully selected to combine perfectly with the Blaster snare drum. Shallower toms create higher focus and tone and also offer a wide tuning range. The 22x20 bass drum delivers impressive low-end thud and this kit is finished with Suede Remo Ambassador heads and a deep Transparent Walnut burst finish and black chrome hardware.
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The Velvetone also comes with the Suede Remo Ambassador heads and Sonic Saver rolled hoops, but also features high gloss chrome designed to blend in with the Maple burst finish and has been set up as an ideal studio recording kit.
The Blaster kit will retail at £2,210, with the snare costing £338 and the Velvetone has a retail price also of £2,210. The Velvetone snare has been priced at £384. Only a limited number of these kits will be coming to the UK.
Korg UK is the UK distributor for Mapex.