Stain inside shells?


When looking at different brands of low to moderately drums recently, I noticed that the Tama silverstars had a very attractive stain on the wood inside the shells. Why don't more manufacturers do that? Perhaps the woods used in some shells don't take stain evenly and would look all blotchy?


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** Higher production cost.

** How can the manufacturers know whether the individual buyer likes the shell insides to be stained? And if (s)he does - what stain does (s)he prefer? (What is attractive to some might be superfluous or even ugly to others.) So why should manufacturers even bother taking risks?

** DIY - modify your drums to your personal preference! It's fun and rewarding.

The inside wood being not too attractive for staining - as you mentioned - might be a reason, but a very minor one. See above...