That's what happens if you can't figure out maple vs. birch. Imagine how much more horrifying the consequences might have been for him if he had been trying to decide between three different kinds of wood...The OP gave up drums and is now a professional school crossing guard,and raises spider monkeys in his spare time.
My advice is to get the color and setup style you like. Dont worry too much about the wood. As long as its of decent quality, the particular strain wont make that much difference to most people.Hi everyone.
I am getting back into playing after a hiatus of a few years and I am not sure what would make for a good investment for a new kit. I am looking for something mid-range; not necessarily recording quality but something respectable for gigs/mic'd in a bar.
The last time I bought a kit (1997ish) the options seemed more cut and dry: crappy or good. There seems to be more in between kits out there now and overall the quality is better than what I remember.
I am not particularly loyal to any company; I am looking more at shell quality and hardware.
What is the general opinion: Maple or nothing or is a Birch kit worth it? What about the Pearl ELX series: there's a nice kit at a store in my town but is a poplar (or whatever they use) kit worth it in the long run? With the Pearl's, would an extra few hundred bucks be worth it to move up from the Export series?
Your 2 cents is appreciated.
....I own a yamaha rydeen set (maple, and no longer in production unfortunately) ...
Really? I'm not sure about this. Yamaha is Japanese and I'm almost 100% sure that their Maple Custom Absolute drums have the exact same prices as their Birch Custom Absolute drums (which I own), if you keep the sizes equal across both lines to compare apples to apples. I've never officially priced out an MCA, but I recall being told by two different drummers (who also work at drums shops that are authorized Yamaha dealers) that this is the case. There's a lot of asian manufacturers though so I can't say this applies across the board, and I'm not as familiar with other asian brands.Among the asian manufacturers, birch is much cheaper. They have good domestic birch, but must import maple, usually from the US, or use a less well-regarded Asian species. US and European manufacturers usually charge more for maple, because their competitors are forced to, and the appearance of exclusivity causes the marketplace to go along for the ride.
What I'm saying is, birch is a better value.
Specifically, an equivalent birch kit would be between one half and two-thirds the cost of a maple kit.