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    After having a Black Panther for a couple of days, I have tried different heads, from the stock head to a Diplomat, a Jack DeJohnette , and a Evans.

    Getting it to sound good isn't the problem. My "problem" with it is getting past all the hoopla that comes with things like this. I messed with the tuning for quite a few hours over the last couple of days (1 thing that I'm sure that all of the experienced drummers know, but maybe new players don't, is that when tuning drums, especially the snare, the ear tends to adapt and tone down the harsh sound of a snare drum. That was a lesson that I learned almost 60 years ago)

    Anyway, when tuning the Panther, I messed with it for 10-15 minutes, went upstairs to have a soda or some coffee, then went back to it 20 minutes later and it sounds a little bit different, a bit "crisper".

    Bottom Line: Is it a good snare? Oh hell yeah. Solid, well put together, got to love the strainer. I put it side by side with my Black Beauty, messed with the tuning, and got literally the exact same sound from both drums. The Panther is steel, the BB, brass. That tells me that you don't have to pay a few hundred more for a brass 1. So if you want 1, go buy 1. You will be happy with it, but, seriously, I wouldn't spend more money to have the brass 1 past the point of saying that you have the brass 1. Is it the be all, end all, of snare drums, no, it's not, but neither is the BB.

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    at first when reading this I thought you were having issues tuning and you were going to get aggravated and sell it to me cheap.


    Yeah they are super impressive snare drums for sure! A great Bang for the buck.
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    Well put. I've experienced the same issues while tuning many drums....and seasoning a pot of Chili too. After so long, your senses adapt. You have to walk away and come back to it to keep your prospective "fresh".
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    I picked up a maple Black Panther along with my Saturns and let me tell you Mapex makes awesome snares.
    Somewhere out there someone is have another dinner with a loved one because me and I am proud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vlopez1130 View Post
    I picked up a maple Black Panther along with my Saturns and let me tell you Mapex makes awesome snares.
    All the name companies make very good snares if you are willing to pay for them.

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    I agree with you. Things are good now maybe too good with too many choices
    Somewhere out there someone is have another dinner with a loved one because me and I am proud.

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    Gimme the the Black Beauty!

    all the best...

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    I've noticed a similar ear adaptation or fatigue when cymbal shopping. I'm 66 and my ears have gone downhill in general, especially lately. I feel like the highs are muted the most. While sampling cymbals last time I was shopping for a splash and maybe another ride option, after maybe 20-30 minutes they started to sound the same. the subtle nuances were blending or disappearing.
    Between age and a youth of unprotected motorcycling and target shooting and rock n roll bands etc., I'm paying the price.
    I don't ride without earplugs anymore if I know I'm going to go more than 30/40 mph and always wear electronic noise cancelling ear protection when shooting.
    If any of you young drummers read this... please take note and protect your hearing!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noreastbob View Post
    I've noticed a similar ear adaptation or fatigue when cymbal shopping. I'm 66 and my ears have gone downhill in general, especially lately. I feel like the highs are muted the most. While sampling cymbals last time I was shopping for a splash and maybe another ride option, after maybe 20-30 minutes they started to sound the same. the subtle nuances were blending or disappearing.
    Between age and a youth of unprotected motorcycling and target shooting and rock n roll bands etc., I'm paying the price.
    I don't ride without earplugs anymore if I know I'm going to go more than 30/40 mph and always wear electronic noise cancelling ear protection when shooting.
    If any of you young drummers read this... please take note and protect your hearing!!!
    This was one of the best pieces of advise I got on this site when I joined. I went right out and bought my son and I headphones to reduce the noise during our practice.
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