The Mapex Equinox, Heartbreaker and Cherry Bomb snare drums New Concept Hybrid design improves sound and performance The Mapex Equinox, Heartbreaker and Cherry Bomb snare drums - New Concept Hybrid design improves sound and performance Mapex launched four new snare drums in the new Black Panther Design Lab. Based on the new Concept Hybrid design, these drums snares are engineered on sound design, shell composition and drum construction. The Design Lab snares all have unique characteristics that are explained below. There are four new snare drums: The Equinox, the Heartbreaker and the 14" and 13" Cherry Bomb snares. Drum legend Russ Miller explains in detail what the Design Lab exactly are, and demos them. In the second video he plays the four snare drums in a musical setting.

Mapex designs the Concept Hybrid drums based on many factors that influence the sound of drums. Factors like different tone woods, bearing edge profiles, counterhoop styles, lug casings, snare wires, drumheads and shell finishes are all relevant to how a drum sounds. Working with these variables, the drum company can manufacture many sound concepts snare drums - and complete drum sets - that are all unique and can match any musical or recording setting that you may encounter.



Specifications of the four Black Panther Design Lab Snares

The Equinox 14" snare drum
Concept Hybrid: Classic, Bright, articulate
  • A very clean and articulate drum with an open sound
  • North American Maple shell
  • Reinforcement rings
  • Classic styling of single-flanged hoops (musical traditions in a modern execution)
  • Bright and open presence at full volume.
  • Mapex 10-lug hoops
  • Puresound premium snare wires
  • Cylinder-Drive Strainer
  • SONIClear Bearing edges

The Cherry Bomb 14" and 13" snares
Concept Hybrid: Vintage, controlled, precise
  • A re-imagined and optimized version of the original Cherry Bomb snare
  • Medium-thick Cherrywood shell
  • The soft density of Cherry absorbs higher overtones
  • Vintage sound and feel in a modern design
  • Mapex 10-lug hoops
  • Puresound premium snare wires
  • Cylinder-Drive Strainer
  • SONIClear Bearing edges

The Heartbreaker 14" snare drum
Concept Hybrid: Dark, rusty, throaty (deep sound)
  • All-mahogany shell
  • Reinforcement rings which blend historic snare drum tone with modern snare design
  • Perfect for classic Rock and alternative music styles
  • Mapex 10-lug hoops
  • Puresound premium snare wires
  • Cylinder-Drive Strainer
  • SONIClear Bearing edges

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