• 14"x6.5" Polished Brass with Gold Hardware. Photo - Zack Cruz

    14 x 6.5 Polished Brass with Gold Hardware - 'The Golden Rod'

  • 14"x6.5" Polished Brass with Gold Hardware. Photo - Zack Cruz

    14 x 6.5 Polished Brass with Gold Hardware - 'The Golden Rod'

  • Overview

    This is a Japan only model that was Zack Cruz's first love in the Black Panther pantheon.

    First, but by no means only!

    Zack shared this on the Facebook page in late 2022, and I'd never seen one like it before. I'd seen polished brass shells obviously, but not a 14"x6.5" one. And that's before we get to the all gold hardware. 

    He said, when questioned about the hardware by another FB member, that it was original and was how he'd received it from Japan. This was later confirmed by Shimano San himself, who said it was a standard item back in the day. It might have been in Japan, but it certainly wasn't in The West - we never got a polished brass badged Black Panther deeper than 5.5"! 

    Anyway, one more Japanese unicorn...captured! 

    Oh and I have dubbed it the "Golden Rod" because

    1. That's an actual HTML colour (#DAA520) and I'm a web geek. Duh!
    2. Tom Doogan from the FB Page suggested that it looked like C-3PO...and it 100% does!
    3. It's as arousing as the "Golden Rod Card"  Look it up. Just maybe not at work....
  • Original Text (原文)

    以前レギュラーラインで発売していました。

Photo courtesy of Zack Cruz who owns/has owned more Black Panthers that anyone has a right to! Cheers Zack.

Specifications

  • Shell Size:
    14"x6.5"
  • Shell Construction:
    Brass
  • Shell Thickness:
    1.2mm
  • Shell Finish:
    Polished Brass
  • Bearing Edge:
    45˚
  • Hardware Finish:
    24K Gold Plated
  • Lug Casings:
    Low-mass oval
  • Number of Lugs:
    10
  • Hoops:
    2.3mm Powerhoops
  • Air Vents:
    1
  • Snare Wires:
    20-strand
  • Snare Throw Off:
    Mapex Orion Standard Strainer
Early "standard" Japan only model

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