I am so lucky that I own 2 Mapex Snares I would never part with..
Both are 5.5x14".. The first is the limited edition Black Panther "Memphis edition" 7.8mm maple/walnut/maple construction with no re rings, straight sided shells with a Sharper edge than on most drums I own..
She sounds best at a mid to slightly higher tuning BUT is more than capable of a fat backbeat..
There is an articulate, sensitive crispness to me that are I inherent in Black Panthers..especially the older ones..
The die cast hoops and dual adjustable strainer and snappy wires are part of this..
The new "velvetone" is as close as you will get to a Memphis model in the current range.
The second is my absolutely Prized Elm/maple shell with re rings and flawlessly cut rounded edges..wow build quality is utterly stellar. Warm..Fat and low but again can easily take a higher tuning..
I am a huge fan as my pals on here know of puresound "concert" wires on most of my drums as they do not present any rattle probs and allow the shell to give more of the drums true character.. But the snare sound is just perfect.
I feel NO need to mess with either of my Black Panthers as the wires are just dialed in superbly..
Honesty have patience and seek out one of these rather than the newer offerings (which in my opinion are just not the same revenance)..oh and my little maple piccolo with gold hardware.. Amazing little drum
Just my opinion