I believe Ian Paice is one of the great "never received his due" drummers in rock. I saw Purple back in the early 70s and Paice was a clinic in action. There were two warm up bands. I could not tell you who they were. When Paice came out and Purple began their set the difference was so immediate I was shocked. So was the friend with me, another drummer. Paice was so smooth at everything he did. He made everything look so effortless. His foot was a jack hammer. His hands were quick and very precise. Here were two drummers playing the New Haven Coliseum, and Paice just made it seem a professional next to the amateurs. Bonham gets most of the credit for the day but, Paice was easily a better technician and could really put on a show, too.
Mapex calls theirs "Black Panther Design Lab" When TAMA had already come out with SLA Sound Lab Project. Not only is Mapex behind the 8 here they appear to be doing something else like being followers and not innovators.