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13 x 4.5 Birdseye Maple

13 x 4.5 Birdseye Maple

13 x 4.5 Birdseye Maple

13 x 4.5 Birdseye Maple

Overview

Like its traditional maple counterpart, the Black Panther Birdseye Maple gives you a warm, rich tone and the versatility of a finely crafted thin maple shell. The birdseye maple outer ply is produced in a sleek flat black finish.

Quite a rare model this one, I think primarily because it combines two less popular sizes in one: 13" and 4.5". It was produced in the late 1990s/Early 2000s when Mapex appeared to be experimenting with shell construction and size - there are 44 models in the 1997 catalogue!

At the time of writing - Jan 2022 - it's the only 4.5" model in the entire database.

Photos of the early badged version (dated 4/97) courtesy of Darryll O’Brien of Bubby’s Pro Drum Shop - thanks a million Darryll!

Photos of the Black Panther badged version (dated 5/01) by kind permission of Thomas Riveros at Nova Music - cheers Thomas!

Specifications

  • Catalogue Ref:
    BE3450DFB (BE3450D in older catalogues)
  • Shell Size:
    13"x4.5"
  • Shell Construction:
    Maple
  • Shell Thickness:
    6mm
  • Shell Finish:
    Satin Black (Flat Black in older catalogues)
  • Bearing Edge:
    45˚
  • Hardware Finish:
    Black Chrome
  • Lug Casings:
    Low-mass oval
  • Number of Lugs:
    8
  • Hoops:
    Die Cast Hoops
  • Air Vents:
    1
  • Snare Wires:
    20-strand
  • Snare Throw Off:
    Mapex Orion Standard Strainer
  • Catalogue Ref:
    BE3450DFB (BE3450D in older catalogues)
  • Shell Size:
    13"x4.5"
  • Shell Construction:
    Maple
  • Shell Thickness:
    6mm
  • Shell Finish:
    Satin Black (Flat Black in older catalogues)
  • Bearing Edge:
    45˚
  • Hardware Finish:
    Black Chrome
  • Lug Casings:
    Low-mass oval
  • Number of Lugs:
    8
  • Hoops:
    Die Cast Hoops
  • Air Vents:
    1
  • Snare Wires:
    20-strand
  • Snare Throw Off:
    Mapex Orion Standard Strainer

Released

Last Spotted

Rarity (on release)

Uncommon
Uncommon
Very unusual size, retired early

Catalogue Appearances