Sound and color

SpeciesAsh

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Ash is a practical wood due to its strength, hardness and weight. When used as core or as part of a combination of plys, it can add strength and durability to your shell.

Origin
Upper Midwest
Tone
Bright, Crisp, Loud
Sustain
Medium
Hardness Level
1320
Notes
Brighter and louder than Maple

SpeciesBirch

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Birch is a heavy wood with a very fine grain, and is considered one of the most widely used woods for veneer and ply. Very light in color, it takes stain very well, allowing you to truly customize your shells.

Origin
Upper Midwest
Tone
Mids, Focused
Sustain
Medium
Hardness Level
1260
Notes
Traditionally used for studio kits

SpeciesBirdseye Maple

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Birdseye Maple is not a distinct species of Maple, but is instead named for its growth/grain anomaly. Known for its rare, decorative properties, Birdseye Maple is a wonderful option for a truly unique shell aesthetic. Colors can range from creamy, light amber to deep, reddish and dark brown hues. Our Maple is hand-selected and rotary cut to our desired thickness from the forests of Michigan.

Origin
Michigan
Tone
Bright, Mid-low
Sustain
Long
Hardness Level
1450
Notes
A beautiful alternative to standard Maple

SpeciesBubinga

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Our Bubinga is ethically sourced from sustainable farms in Africa. Bubinga is valued because of its strength-to-weight ratio and beautiful, decorative detail. A pure Bubinga shell like our Signature Series is a great option, or Bubinga can be used in concert with other hardwoods as a custom order.

Origin
Africa
Tone
Deep, Round
Sustain
Long
Hardness Level
1980

SpeciesCherry

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Cherry offers beautiful colors, from rich red to creamy white. The wood has a fine, uniform grain and a satiny texture. Our Cherry is hand-selected and rotary cut to our desired thickness from the forests of Michigan.

Origin
Michigan
Tone
Punchy
Sustain
Medium
Hardness Level
950
Notes
A little more character than classic Maple

SpeciesCurly Maple

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Curly Maple's defining characteristic is the unusual, curly design of its grain. Intriguing, three-dimensional patterns give the appearance that the grain is curling along the ply. This makes a showstopping shell due to its unique aesthetic. Our Maple is hand-selected and rotary cut to our desired thickness from the forests of Michigan.

Origin
Michigan
Tone
Bright, Mid-low
Sustain
Long
Hardness Level
1450
Notes
A beautiful alternative to standard Maple

SpeciesGum

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Gumwood is moderately hard and offers a very close-knit wood with fine texture. It makes a great core wood and is a throwback to the classic drum shells.

Origin
Michigan
Tone
Punchy, Focused
Sustain
Medium
Hardness Level
860
Notes
Great for core construction

SpeciesMahogany

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Mahogany is a reddish-brown wood with a beautiful, consistent grain, and for this reason is often used as the outer plys in shells. The wood is durable and easy to work with due to its close, straight-grain pattern and lack of soft grain.

Origin
Africa
Tone
Low, warm
Sustain
Short
Hardness Level
1100
Notes
Distinctly warm sounds

SpeciesMaple

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Maple wood is incredibly strong, looks great and stains nicely. Our Maple is hand-selected and rotary cut to our desired thickness from the forests of Michigan.

Origin
Michigan
Tone
Bright, Mid-Low
Sustain
Long
Hardness Level
1450
Notes
The standard in drum shell construction

SpeciesPoplar

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Poplar is a straight-grained, light-to-moderate wood with a uniform texture. Poplar is seldom used for its aesthetic, but instead is more functional as a core option.

Origin
Upper Midwest
Tone
Soft, Low
Sustain
Short
Hardness Level
540
Notes
Great for core construction

SpeciesRosewood

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Bolivian Rosewood offers a very dense, exotic aesthetic with great color variation. Typically red to brown in color often with darker streaks, this is a prized wood for its unique presentation.

Origin
Bolivia
Tone
Dark, Punchy
Sustain
Short
Hardness Level
1780
Notes
Beautiful hardwood for shell faces

SpeciesWalnut

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Walnut is a desirable wood due to its strength, grain and color. This hardwood is resilient with a moderate texture, and makes an attractive, classic shell exterior.

Origin
Michigan
Tone
Warm, Dark
Sustain
Medium
Hardness Level
1010

SpeciesWaterfall Bubinga

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Just like our Bubinga, our Waterfall Bubinga is ethically sourced from sustainable farms in Africa. The Watefall Bubinga ups the aesthetic ante with its unique wave pattern, and therefore makes a showstopping shell or complete kit.

Origin
Africa
Tone
Deep, Round
Sustain
Long
Hardness Level
1980