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Mapex Black Panther 'The Velvetone' 14x5.5 Maple/Walnut/Maple Snare
Mapex Black Panther 'The Velvetone' 14x5.5 Maple/Walnut/Maple Snare

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top sounding, professional quality wooden snare drum, as good as or better than many more expensive drums., 29 Nov. 2013
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Mapex have really hit the nail on the head with this one, seemingly with an ideal combination of the fairly chunky shell and the maple / walnut / maple composition. The sound is top notch, with a lovely woody-crack, tone, body and depth, with no horrible overtones (if tuned reasonably well, which is easy with this snare)! It's definitely versatile too, sounding good at lower volumes or can be fairly loud if required, especially with rim shots!

The hardware components are ultra high quality too, like the snare-strainer and tuning lugs. Even came with a very nice quality padded case (which was a pleasant surprise).

I also use a Mapex Saturn drum set (which I also love), but for some reason I have never gotten on with that snare drum (14" x 6.5"). This Velvetone is way better though and really compliments the sound of the kit, fuller bodied and somehow deeper sounding. But please note, although pretty deep-toned for a 5.5" depth snare, if you really want a deep sounding snare drum, you generally will need a deeper snare drum, but this size is good for me!

In summary a top sounding, professional quality wooden snare drum, great value for money too as it's as good as or better than many more expensive drums (and I've experienced quite a few).


Ahead Armor AA9023 Muffler Pillow for Bass Drum
Ahead Armor AA9023 Muffler Pillow for Bass Drum
Offered by Keepdrum / Preise inkl. MwSt., Impressum und AGB finden Sie unter Verkäufer-Hilfe
Price: £15.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for 18" deep bass drums, 29 Nov. 2013
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There's nothing particularly special about this bass drum pillow, it's not made of especially high quality materials, except that it is pretty much the ideal shape and size to effectively muffle bass drums of 18" depth (like my 22" x 18" Mapex Saturn bass drum). It is JUST the right length (fractionally over 18") so that basically the big end can lightly press up against the batter head and the small end just presses up (to a lesser degree) against the resonant (front display) head. And there you have it, your bass drum is damped, greatly reducing boom but without killing the resonance. There are obviously other cheaper ways of muffling a bass drum, such as a pillow (but that really does deaden the sound), blanket, towel etc, but this pillow is made to measure and takes hardly any faffing about with.

There is a small strip of velcro to stick this to the inside shell, holding it in place, but I haven't bothered with this and just have it in there loose, as the velcro glue can make a real mess if you need to remove it later on. Finally, I prefer this to the Evans EQ Pad as that will only dampen 1 head at a time and you can't ignore your reso!


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy, 31 May 2013
Flimsy, sack like outfit, doesn't look like the photo, which must have been padded out or Photoshopped to look like this. The print is only on the front too.


Vic Firth 5B American Hickory Wood Tip Drumstick
Vic Firth 5B American Hickory Wood Tip Drumstick
Price: £9.00

2.0 out of 5 stars broken sticks tips, 1 May 2013
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I bought 2 pairs and within 4 hours of medium use, all 4 wooden stick-tips had sheered off, leaving thin, broken, uneven, almost unplayable tips. The body of each stick is still virtually as new. Nylon tips are much better, will not break, so your stick will actually last a reasonable length of time. Nylon tips also sound good to me (unless it's for acoustic jazz), a slight bit more attack, but at least will carry on sounding good (as won't be broken)! The Vic Firths felt good apart from this.


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