Mapex Black Panther VELVETONE 4-piece Drum Shell Set


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A fantastic new drum set from Mapex, the Black Panther “Velvetone” 4-piece shell drum set features a very special Burl Maple/Walnut/Maple shell with the glorious Transparent Butter Burst high-gloss lacquer finish!

Mapex has a long history of successfully combining different wood materials to make great sounding drum shells. Now Mapex has advanced this methodology with the Black Velvetone drum set which features a new maple and walnut shell formula and is part of the extraordinary Black Panther line of advanced quality professional drum sets. The BPV529XCUB configuration featured here is a 4-piece shell set and includes an 18”x22” kick, 8”x10” and 9”x12” toms, and 16”x16” floor tom.

The Black Panther Velvetone drums are built of rich, dark 3.4mm walnut plies as a low-end buffer between warm interior and exterior maple plies. A specially selected 1:9mm bearing edge allows the Remo Ambassador Suede drumheads to resonate fully. The result is a drum that can whisper when needed but can also bark when commanded while maintaining a consistency of sound and dynamics across the set, from the 10” tom up to the 22” kick.

To make sure that the Velvetone is as appealing to the eye as it is to the ear, Mapex has finished the drums with an Italian Burl Maple veneer with a high gloss Butter Burst Lacquer. The Velvetone is exclusively for the player that can distinguish between simply good and truly awesome.

A quick list of Velvetone features!

• Bass Drum and Toms shells are 8.1 mm thick made of 1.7mm USA Maple inner plies, 3.4mm USA Walnut middle plies and 3mm Italian Burl Maple outer plies.

• 1:9 Bearing Edge with a Sharp Cut.

• Eight Coat, hand applied Transparent Butter Burst high gloss lacquer finish.

• Mapex Exclusive Isolated Mounting System eliminates cross-resonance and allows the mounted toms to sing freely.

• 2.3mm Sonic Saver™ Drum Hoops.

About the “Black Panther” Series!

Based on its successfully distinctive snare drum series, Mapex has taken this highly progressive design philosophy, extended it across an entire collection of unique drums and created the Mapex Black Panther drum Series. Black Panther drums feature boldly unique shell formulas with specially designed bearing edge profiles to create distinctive tone and voice. With the Black Panther Series, Mapex speaks to the artistic side of every drummer by giving them drums that bring life to the sound they have only heard in their dreams.

The foundation of the Black Panther Velvetone shell is the ability of Mapex artisans to harmonize the different voices of the wood and have them perform with complimentary resonance and tone. The marriage of American maple and walnut bring to life a shell that reacts quickly, loud and long. To further ensure optimum sound, an extended 1:9 bearing edge is used on the shell. The drumhead seats at the furthest outer point of the shell allowing the drumhead to vibrate at its fullest.

For a sound this special, using an "off the shelf" drum head was not an option. After hours of playing and recording, Mapex chose the Remo® Ambassador Suede drumhead. This head offers incredible response, tone, feel and playing comfort.

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 unique shaping process of the Sonic Saver™ hoops create 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.

Black Panther drums are sold as four and five-piece component or “Shell” packs. Choose from add-on bass drums, floor toms and tom-toms to build the set you are dreaming of. Call Sam Ash Direct at 1-800-4SAMASH for more information.

This is a 4-piece shell pack drum set. Drums only! Tom mounts, hardware and cymbals are sold separately. If you want to use a double tom stand to support the 10” and 12” toms, we recommend either of two Mapex double tom stands, the medium weight TS700 or the heavy duty TS950A. To mount the toms to adjacent cymbal stands, you will need two of the Mapex TH684 tom holders (which are also suitable for mounting these toms onto a drum rack) and two multiclamps, the Mapex AC910. If these items aren’t easily found here on the website, please call 1-800-4SAMASH for assistance.

If you need additional equipment to complete your drum set, please check out the “Things You Will Need” list for our recommendations!

Get your MAPEX Black Panther VELVETONE 4-piece Drum Shell Set from Sam Ash Direct today, with fast, free shipping at the guaranteed lowest price. Sam Ash Direct gives you the security of more than 86 years of experience, 24/7 customer support and the Sam Ash Direct 45 day return and 60 day price protection policy. You cannot go wrong!


Mapex drums are handcrafted by hundreds of dedicated employees who skillfully apply their talent and expertise to their craft. All Mapex products are hand built and hand assembled by the artisans at its Mapex manufacturing facilities in Tianjin, China. The people at Mapex have earned a distinguished reputation for designing, engineering and building the highest quality acoustic drums.

Building the highest quality product initially depends on the expertise of those that select the raw materials - in particular, the wood. This is why the Mapex Professional Wood Grading Team selects only the finest raw materials to build its drums. Premium grade hardwoods like maple, walnut, birch and basswood are hand-selected from worldwide sources and are then matched by skilled experts to ensure that every drum Mapex produces carries with it the signature tonal and resonant properties that define the distinctive Mapex sound.

Things You Will Get:

  • 18"x22" bass drum
  • 8"x10" tom
  • 9"x12" tom
  • 16"x16" floor tom w/legs
Series Black Panther
Model BPV529XCUB Velvetone


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