Purchase any Black Panther Design Lab Snare Drum between October 15, 2018 - December 31, 2018 and receive a free 45 minute one-on-one Skype lesson with a Mapex Artist! Just submit your proof of purchase and an image of you playing your new Design Lab Snare.

Choose to receive a lesson from one of the following Mapex Design Lab Artists:
  • Russ Miller
  • Rashid Williams
  • Lee Pearson
  • Greg Hutchinson
  • Kirk Covington
  • Craig Blundell

Lesson dates and times are subject to the artist's schedule. Within 30 days after the submission for the free lesson is verified, you will be contacted with the available lesson schedule of the artist that was chosen. Please note that some artists may not be immediately available due to their touring and recording schedules.
Contact your favorite Mapex retailer for more information
(Financing available on consumer purchases only)




This promotion is only valid for purchases from authorized U.S. dealers for customers with a U.S. mailing address.
See full Promotion Terms & Conditions.

To obtain your free online lesson, please fill out the form below completely and include a photocopy of your purchase receipt and a photo of you playing your new Black Panther Design Lab snare. Your photo may be used in current or future Mapex promotions.




The MAPEX™ Black Panther Design Lab Series embodies the performance qualities desired by top players. These distinctive instruments have been engineered using the Design Lab’s “Concept Hybrid” approach to sound design, shell composition and drum construction. Each drum has been designed to combine “Sound Concepts” to create unique and personal instruments for the demanding player.






Concept Hybrid: Dark / Rustic / Throaty

The all-mahogany shell and reinforcement rings of the Heartbreaker snare blend historic snare drum tone with modern snare design. It combines the dark, rustic, and throaty sounds of rock classics, but easily fits with today’s more organic alternative styles.


The softer Mahogany shell and edge reinforcement rings of the Heartbreaker snare give significant boosts in 150-400 Hz frequency range, creating a big and full sound that takes up a lot of sonic space.







A re-imagined and optimized version of the original Black Panther model, the Design Lab Cherry Bomb is crafted with a medium-thick Cherrywood shell. The soft density of Cherry absorbs higher overtones, delivering a warm, focused tone and a punchy backbeat. It sounds and feels vintage, but is built with modern precision, reliability, and function.


The softer Cherry shell produces a pre-EQ’d sound with strong response in the 400-600 Hz range for strong low-end, but with a boost in the 5-7 kHz range to enhance attack, delivering a vintage tone for classic and alt-rock styles.






A North American Maple shell, reinforcement rings, and the classic styling of single-flanged hoops make Equinox evoke musical traditions and modern execution. This drum possesses the controlled articulation needed to hear the most subtle ghost notes with a bright and open presence at full volume.


The harder all-Maple shell and edge reinforcement rings raise the frequency response in the 1-3 kHz range, giving this drum a clear and bright tone to cut through guitars, larger ensembles and horn bands.









SAS (SONIClear™ Attenuation System) Finish

The Natural Satin SAS Finish brings out the beautiful character of the woods used in the drums, but also allows the shell to vibrate fully due its extremely low-mass application. Thicker finishes like high-gloss add mass to the shell and shorten sustain. Future Design Lab models may employ a thicker finish to create a more focused sound.




The Black Panther Design Lab identifies a combination of performance characteristics, called a “concept hybrid”, desired by top players based on their advanced live and studio needs. We then reverse engineer those performance characteristics by blending different tone woods, bearing edge profiles, counterhoop styles, lug casings, snare wires, drumheads, and shell finishes to achieve the desired result.



Softer tonewoods (lower on the scale) produce a naturally lower fundamental pitch and a more focused sustain. Harder tonewoods produce a naturally higher fundamental pitch, which results in brighter overtones and increased sustain.



The SONIClear™ Bearing Edge is standard on all Black Panther Design Lab Shells and allows the drumhead to sit flatter and make better contact with the shell. The result is a clearer fundamental pitch, effortless and consistent tuning, and a significantly expanded tuning range.


The Puresound® Custom Series

The Puresound® Custom Series 16-Strand Wires feature medium-gauge wire with evenly spaced standard coils, providing an even balance between snare response and shell sound.


Cylinder-Drive Strainer & Butt-End Adjuster

The Cylinder-Drive Strainer and Butt-End Adjuster use a self-lubricating bearing to ensure smooth operation. The adjustment dial employs “micro-lock” technology that provides precise control and prevents the snare wires from loosening during play.




On purchases made with your Synchrony Financial Music credit card made between OCT 15, 2018 - DEC 31, 2018.
Only for Mapex Black Panther Design Lab Snare Drums.
Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within 18 Months. Minimum MonthlyPayments Required.
*Qualifying purchase amount must be on one receipt. No interest will be charged on the promo purchase if you pay if off, in full, within the promo period. If you do not, interest will be charged on the promo purchase from the purchase date. The required minimum monthly payments may or may not pay off purchase by the end of the promo period. Regular account terms apply to non-promo purchases and, after promo ends, to promo balance. For new accounts: Purchase APR is 29.99%; Minimum Interest Charge is $2. Existing cardholders: see your credit card terms. Subject to credit approval.


Offer valid for sales between October 15, 2018 and December 31, 2018. All redemption forms must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST, January 31, 2019. This offer is valid only for qualifying instrument model sales processed through authorized Mapex dealers in the United States of America. Proof of sale must be provided from the authorized dealer including model number(s) thus qualifying product sold. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Qualifying sales for this promotion include only the products described herein. Product substitutions, deletions, or additions are not allowed, regardless of information obtained from other sources. Sales through online auctions are not eligible. This offer is available only to consumers with mailing addresses in the United States of America. Sales made outside of the United States of America are not eligible. This offer is nontransferable. Return of merchandise voids offer. Gross proceeds received over a calendar year that equal or exceed $600.00 may be subject to federal, state and local taxes. In these cases, applicant understands that he/she will be issued IRS form 1099 by KHS America. Employees of KHS America and it’s affiliates are not eligible. Not responsible for lost, late, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible or postage due submissions. This offer is sponsored by KHS America, Inc. 12020 Volunteer Blvd., Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.