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.


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 to 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.


Concept Hybrid

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.

Maple Shell

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.

SONIClear™ Bearing Edge

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.

Puresound® Custom Series 16-Strand Wires

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 and 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.


Size: 14” x 5”
Shell: 6-ply 6mm Maple, 4-ply 4mm Maple Reinforcement Rings, Dual Air Vents
Finish: Ebony Satin SAS Finish (SONIClear™ Attenuation System)
Edges: 45° SONIClear™ Batter Side, 35° SONIClear™ Snare Side (both with ⅜“ Rounded Back-Cuts)
Snare Bed: 2.7mm Deep x 5½” Width Tapered Snare Beds
Hoops: Copper Alloy Single-Flange with 10 Hoop Claws per side and a High-Gloss Chrome Finish
Lug Casings: Black Panther Single-Screw Lugs (Staggered for Increased Tuning Range)
Snare Wires: Puresound™ Custom Series 16-Strand Stainless Steel Coils with Copper End-Plates
Drumheads: Remo® Fiberskyn 3 Diplomat, Remo® Clear Ambassador Snare Side
Model No: BPML4500CFB
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