Tack så mycket!
Firstly and most importantly, endless thanks to my wife Tracey for putting up with me and my obsessions over the years – love you xxxx
Obviously, massive thanks has to go to Mapex themselves for making such amazing drums in the first place.
Huge thank you to Pete and Scot at Sound Attak for the server space and all their help over several decades now!!
Enormous thanks to the great Shimano Lefty of Mapex Japan / Beyond Shimano for making so many incredible creations, and his endless patience with my incessant stupid questions in my horrendous Japanese. 心から、どうもありがとうございます、ドラム神様。
Huge amounts of gratitude go to Alex Wicheard for letting me have access to his own database of Mapex snares, which has been invaluable in validating and correcting the information on here.
Personal thanks to Martin Potts of Korg UK for his encouragement with this project, and for all his help with tracking down bits and pieces for my own kits.
I also need to give a shoutout to the wonderful Gareth Heeley of Highwood Drums who has forgotten more about wood and building drums than I'll ever know! Despite running his own drum company, he has generously answered so many of my inane questions about shell materials that I've lost count. Cheers Gareth!
To everyone who has sent me even one photo (and some have sent many, many shots!) or supplied further information – thank you folks.
The project wouldn’t be anywhere without all your support and generosity.
In (sort of) alphabetical order then..
Benjamin Lopez Mena
Carl at the Coalition Drum Shop
Chris from Drummers Only
cold_air from Carosell
Cristian Mansilla (trommer4u)
Dan from Drumazon
Daniel Z. Warshauer
Darryll O’Brien of Bubby’s Pro Drum Shop
Dave Dudley at Dave's Drum Shop
Diego Kique Salazar
Doug Sole at Soul Drums
Drum Dojo on Reverb
Edgard Diaz Ruiz
Eric Javier Simmons
George Lawrence from Not So Modern Drummer
Gustavo A Ortegon
ilmercatinodelbatterista from eBay
Jeremy at Olympia Music Hub.
Julio from Neko Music in Japan
Kenneth of Kenneth Geer of Kenneth's Gear Bazaar
Luis Henrique Carboni
Paul Sturrey (paulsturrey123)
Pauline and Cliff Avery
Rick at the Music Emporium
Rob from Drumnutz
Rob from The Cymbal Centre
Sam (sam_bax15) from eBay
Scott at One Stop Drums
Sean at the Boston Drum Center
Shayne from Steve's Music
Thomas Riveros at Nova Music
Todd Crawford of Metro Gnome Music
Tristan at Drum Attic
Vince T. Desmarais
William at Modern Music
Thanks also to the very few people who sent shots, but didn't want to be credited - you know who you are.
If I’ve missed anyone out, please accept my apologies and do let me know so I can credit you!
Where there has been absolutely no alternative, photos from Walmart, Amazon, Audiofanzine, Worthpoint and Picclick have occasionally been used for reference under fair use. If you happen to see one of your shots, please do get in touch and I’d be delighted to credit you properly.
The Mapex Black Panther Archive is a fan project, aimed at celebrating the world's best snares. It is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by Mapex, KHS, or any local distributer.