How does glue factor into this superior sound?Thanks Larry. It's partly wood species, but mostly the development we've been doing on segmented shells. Over the last year or so, we've managed to develop our thin segmented shells such that they out perform steam bent single ply in every key area. We're uniquely positioned to do that, because we're just about the only drum company that can / does craft all 4 solid shell forms in house. Because we can craft all forms, we have no bias to overcome. In fact, if we did had an inherent negative bias, it would be towards thin segmented, because it's by far the most expensive of the solid options to craft well.
We've been working on another segmented form augmentation for the last year too. More about that over the next few months.