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14 x 6.5 Solid Bronze

14 x 6.5 Solid Bronze

14 x 6.5 Solid Bronze

14 x 6.5 Solid Bronze

Overview

Just like its slightly slimmer brother, this was released in 2002 as part of the Precious Metal series. Although that series was initially marketed separately to the Black Panther series, it was rolled up into the Black Panther range in 2004, annoyingly without the Solid Bronze models

A total Unicorn's Unicorn this. They never come up for sale on the second hand market; I didn't even know this size existed until I spotted the video below by James B Harrison on a Facebook snare group, months after I added the 5.5" one! 

The 5.5" one weighs 22lbs (≈10kg), and according to James' scales it's big brother clocks in around 23-24lbs (≈11lbs).

Nurse! My back's gone again!!

Note: This model (and it's brother) are  categorised as "uncommon" simply because they were part of the standard Mapex range which didn't state they were a limited edition at the time. However, trust me on this, they are now ultra rare - I've been trying to get a Solid Bronze for years!!

Update Sept 2022: After Abel Garró Gómez found his New Old Stock example of the Solid Bronze 14"x5.5", it turns out that it came with a 24-stand snare, not the 20-strand I'd assumed. Indeed, on checking the shots here, you can see the 24-strand snare fitted to one example is missing two of its strands. I've updated this listing to match.

Photos courtesy of Ariel de Leon and James B. Harrison. Thanks a million guys - we're all very jealous!

Specifications

  • Catalogue Ref:
    SB4653D
  • Shell Size:
    14"x6.5"
  • Shell Construction:
    Solid Bronze
  • Shell Thickness:
    3mm at center, 5mm at reinforcing ring
  • Shell Finish:
    Natural Polished Bronze
  • Bearing Edge:
    45˚
  • Hardware Finish:
    Black Chrome
  • Lug Casings:
    Low-mass oval
  • Number of Lugs:
    10
  • Hoops:
    Die Cast Hoops
  • Air Vents:
    1
  • Snare Wires:
    24-strand
  • Snare Throw Off:
    Mapex Orion Standard Strainer
  • Catalogue Ref:
    SB4653D
  • Shell Size:
    14"x6.5"
  • Shell Construction:
    Solid Bronze
  • Shell Thickness:
    3mm at center, 5mm at reinforcing ring
  • Shell Finish:
    Natural Polished Bronze
  • Bearing Edge:
    45˚
  • Hardware Finish:
    Black Chrome
  • Lug Casings:
    Low-mass oval
  • Number of Lugs:
    10
  • Hoops:
    Die Cast Hoops
  • Air Vents:
    1
  • Snare Wires:
    24-strand
  • Snare Throw Off:
    Mapex Orion Standard Strainer

Released

Last Spotted

Rarity (on release)

Rare
Rare
Don't be fooled - they are impossible to get nowadays!