At 2009 Summer NAMM, Mapex USA will introduce a new snare drum to its Black Panther line-up. The "Big Cat" Snare is 14-inches in diameter and a whopping 8-inches deep. The 6-ply, 5.1mm shell composition is similar to Mapex's popular Saturn Series — 2 inner plies of walnut and 4 exterior plies of maple. The drum is finished in a natural gloss that shows off the natural wood grain. But this drum is all about the sound. "Our walnut and maple shell is known for its incredibly wide tuning range," said Mapex R&D Manager, Joe Hibbs. "When you take that attribute and put it in a snare drum with this kind of depth, its versatility is expansive." "Tuned down low, it's very 'Hotel California'. Crank it up and it's 'Cowboys From Hell'. This is a very special drum that players are going to want to own." The Black Panther Big Cat Snare (MPMW4800CNL) is equipped with Mapex 2.3mm Powerhoops and Remo® Ambassador drumheads and is available through the Five Star Drum Shops, all authorized Mapex dealers and Mapex e-commerce outlets. MSRP for the drum is $369.99.